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Master of HSA

Apply by:

Dec. 02

To begin:

Jan. 06


The FIU Master of Health Services Administration program prepares students for executive leadership positions in healthcare organizations. Earn your master's degree in just 24 months while acquiring valuable skills through coursework focused on finance, operations, marketing, management, quality assessment and information technology of healthcare institutions. The program culminates with an administrative residency or master's research project.

Gain the mastery to plan, direct and coordinate medical and health services, and learn how to create and implement policy and procedures, hire and supervise staff, control finances, and collaborate with other healthcare managers. Graduates will emerge with the tools and knowledge necessary to manage teams and departments, and strategically develop balanced solutions that benefit healthcare organizations and patient care and access.

Take the next step.

Your FIU Online experience is a shared one, with guidance and feedback from world-class faculty, and innovative, collaborative technology that is accessible anywhere. Prepare yourself to grow with the healthcare industry. Call one of our enrollment coordinators at 1-855-348-6654 to find out why you belong here.

  • Why Apply?

    If you're interested in expanding your understanding of health services administration and building a strong foundation to advance your career, the FIU Master of Health Services Administration program is an excellent choice. Our master's program is geared towards healthcare administrators who wish to develop themselves in the management and administration of today’s healthcare organizations.  

    A Leading Health Education Institution

    The FIU Online Master of Health Services Administration program is a part of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (CNHS), which has earned a reputation as a highly ranked, highly relevant academic force that is shaping the future of nursing and health professions. CNHS is committed to preparing diverse health care professionals who are providers and leaders in the delivery of high-quality, accessible, culturally competent and compassionate care within a highly technological and global environment.

    In-Demand Career Opportunities

    FIU Online's Master of Health Services Administration prepares students for executive leadership roles in a variety of health services organizations, including hospitals, health care systems, clinics, nursing homes, and other health care facilities.  

    The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that by 2024 employment of health service administrators will grow by 17 percent, much faster than average for all occupations.

    In 2015, the median annual wages for medical and health services managers was $94,500, with the top 10 percent — those with the most experience and advance training — earning more than $165,380 (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

    Future of the Healthcare Industry

    As the large baby-boomer population ages and people remain active later in life, the healthcare industry will see an increase in the demand for medical services. This demand will result in an increase in the number of physicians, patients, and procedures, as well as in the number of facilities. There will be a high demand for managers and nursing care facility administrators that will be needed to organize and manage medical information and teams in the healthcare industry.

  • Courses

    Program Curriculum

    The Master of Health Services Administration consists of 48 credit hours. For the hybrid format, each course will have both an online and on-campus component. Fifty percent of the content of each course will be online, and the other fifty percent will be on-campus. For the fully online format, classes will be 100% online.

    Foundation Courses

    Introduction to Health Policy and Management HSA 5125
    The American health care system is broadly analyzed in social, economic, and political terms, including examination of its major operational and programmatic components as they have evolved in their changing patterns and trends of organizational development.

    Management and Organization in Healthcare HSA 6185
    Fundamentals of management and organizational theory with focus on roles and functions of managers, and the influences of organizational structure and design in the dynamic environment of health care systems. 

    Financing & Reimbursement of Health Systems HSA 6176
    Introduction to principles and application of health care finance based on financial and managerial accounting.  Financing models and reimbursement strategies are analyzed. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HSA 5125

    Core Courses:

    Economic and Decision Analysis in Health Services  HSA 6156
    The course is designed to focus on health economics and decision analysis of issues in health services policy and management. Economics will be used as a tool to analyze health care problems and to understand the functioning of health care markets. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of progrm coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185, HSA 6176

    Financial Management of Health Systems HSA 6175
    Aspects of modern hospital and health care organization financial management are covered to prepare students for executive roles in policy planning and control responsibilities involving budgeting, auditing, investing, capital financing, etc. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176. 

    Health Law and Legal Aspects of Management HSA 6426
    The broad range of legal issues in health care and administrative aspects of law that concern health care managers are surveyed for implications concerning malpractice, patient rights, contracts, liability and immunity, taxation, surgical consent, etc. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176. 

    Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Systems HSA 6186
    Examine leadership and organizational behavior in health care settings. Personal and profession growth are encouraged through integrative study of individual, group and organizations issues. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176.

    Quality Assessment and Outcome in Healthcare HSA 6759
    The concept of quality and quantity assessment are examined from multiple perspectives: patients, healthcare providers, payer's standard setting organization and healthcare policymakers. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176. 

    Design and Management of Health Information Systems HSA 6197
    The development and management of health information systems to support managerial decision-making. Emphasis is on the integration of clinical, personnel, and financial data.  Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176.

    Strategic Planning and Marketing of Health Care Services HSA 6149
    Principles, techniques, and case study applications of strategic planning and marketing in the context of changing environmental, policy, and competitive forces in the health services industry. Prerequisite: Completion of 36 credit hours in program coursework.

    Hospital and Health Facilities Organization HSA 6205
    Administrative theory and management principles are examined in their application to the organizational analysis of hospitals and health care facilities. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185 or permission from the instructor.

    Ethical Decisions in Health Services Administration HSA 5455
    This course will study ethical principles as they apply to areas of management, supervision and clinical practice in the delivery of health care. Emphasis is on managerial decision-making. Prerequisites: HSA 5125, HSA 6185.

    Managing Human Resources and Health Professions HSA 6187
    Study of human resource functions and activities necessary to enhance knowledge, competencies, skills, attitudes and behavior and to improve individual and organizational performance in health care organizations. Prerequisites: Completion of Foundation Courses or minimum of 9 credit hours of program coursework including HSA 5125, HSA 6185 and HSA 6176.

    Management of Long Term Care Systems HSA 5226
    Organizational, financial, and policy issues in the management of long term care systems in the U.S. with special emphasis on the State of Florida.

    Professional Seminar HSA 6930
    A professional seminar to provide career development skills in preparation for residency or master's project.  Prerequisite: Completed 36 credit hours in the program coursework.

    Integrative Coursework:

    Advanced Health Services Management and Research Seminar HSA 6717   
    Integrates the theoretical and practical knowledge of other courses and activities in the curriculum. Selected case studies and relevant research provide the substantives framework for seminar analysis of issues and policy questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

    Administrative Residency HSA 6875
    Off-campus placement in residency with health care organizations under supervision of a managing preceptor at the site. Prerequisites: HSA 6930 and approval of the coordinator.


    Master's Research Project HSA 6977
    The student will be field afforded the opportunity to conduct a research project on a specific health care management problem in a community or institutional setting. A formal proposal will be prepared and approved by faculty. Students will be expected to demonstrate during the course of this research project that they can implement theoretical knowledge and skills learned earlier in courses on research methods and design. Prerequisites: HSA 6930 and permission of advisor.

  • Requirements

    To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Meet the general University requirements for admission to graduate programs.

    • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    • Show promise of success in graduate studies as determined by the faculty.

    • All applicants must submit a professional writing sample in response to both prompts below. The submission must be between 1 and 2 pages per prompt and must follow proper APA formatting. Please reference this site (https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/) for guidelines on APA formatting (an abstract is not required).

      • Pick one of the values of the Health Services Administration Department and explain what that value means to you and how you will carry it with you into your future career as a healthcare administrator.

        • Values: Empathy, multicultural, contemporary, leadership, and integrity.

      • Present the two sides of what you believe to be an ethical dilemma healthcare administrators are faced with today.

    • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours of upper division coursework.

    • International graduate student applicant whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 550 paper based and 80 internet based for the TOEFL and a score of 6.5 for the IELTS is required.


    Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be based on additional factors including compatibility of the applicant’s career goals with the programs objectives, relevanceof work experience, demonstration of knowledge and ability in areas of accounting, micro-economics, quantitative analysis and basic computer skills as approved by the department, etc. The Program Admissions Committee may require a personal interview as part of the application process.

    For application inquiries, contact us: 

    Phone: 305.348.3125 or 1-(855)-FIU-Online
    E-mail: onlineprograms@fiu.edu

    Admissions Documents

    A student wishing to enroll in the graduate program must complete the following:

    • Complete the online graduate admissions application.
    • Have official transcripts of all previously earned college or university credits sent to the University Admissions Office.
    • Submit copy of your professional writing sample.
    • All applications for admission should be reviewed by the Department no later than two months preceding the semester in which the student wishes to commence the program. Admissions are accepted for Fall and Spring Semesters only. A maximum of 12 semester hours taken as an affiliated student can be used toward the degree. Affiliated status does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

    International Students

    Official TOEFL/IELTS passing scores, if required. When requesting official scores, please refer to FIU Institution code 5206. TOEFL / IELTS scores are valid for two years.

    Official transcript translation: If official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be requested for translation by an official translation agency. Both the official translation, as well as the original transcripts, must be submitted to FIU.

    A copy of diploma (an official copy may be requested in certain cases).

    Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

    FIU Online
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
    Miami, FL 33199

  • Tuition

    Pursuing your graduate degree is one of the best investments you can make -- one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support to help you reach your goals. The total cost of the hybrid program is $31,200 and the fully online program is $36,000 for Florida residents and non-Florida residents.

    Academic Works

    FIU offers Academic Works, a website that matches students with relevant scholarships opportunities.  Find the one that’s right for you!  Academic Works is an online scholarship application tool where FIU students can browse and apply for more than 100 scholarships, made possible by the generosity of FIU alumni and friends.  Students can apply after they are matriculated into one of our programs.  For more information visit https://give.fiu.edu/business-governance/scholarships/.

    Other Resources

    There are other third party resources that prospective students can access while researching on how to pay for school.  Below are various links that provide more information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities:

    Federal Financial Aid

    For information on Federal Financial Aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please visit our financial aid page.

  • Top Faculty

    Salvatore A. Barbera
    Salvatore Barbera is the Interim Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Health Services Administration program at FIU. Mr. Barbera is the former hospital CEO for six hospitals in Florida, Nevada, Louisiana and Kentucky. He is also the former CEO for a physician practice management company. Mr. Barbera is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


48 Credits Required


$31,200.00 Hybrid Tuition Cost


$36,000.00 Fully Online Tuition


  • 24-month program
  • Hybrid program delivery option (50% online and 50% face-to-face)
  • Fully online program option (100% online)
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