Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Charter Oak State College Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Are you seeking a leadership position in a Health Care environment? Let us help you get there.

Our comprehensive online Masters in Health Care Administration is an immersive Health Care management degree.  The curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management trends, quality and performance improvement, leadership skills, community health planning and advocacy, organizational theory, finance, health law and research methods in health services administration.

Let's Get Started!

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Health Care Administration will be able to:

  1. Create a strategic plan for health care organizations or entire systems.
  2. Explain how to recruit, hire, lead and manage a diverse group of staff.
  3. Explain the role of the administrator in upholding the legal, social, and ethical responsibilities in the healthcare organization as they relate to patient/client rights.
  4. Develop health care delivery goals and standards to lead organizations in quality care initiatives.
  5. Assess customer service and client satisfaction for continuous performance improvement.
  6. Assess economic factors and payment sources that influence health care decisions of the population served.
  7. Prepare and analyze departmental and organizational budgets.
  8. Manage financial endeavors for the healthcare organization, including explaining financial and accounting information and the use of that information for short and long-term investment decisions.
  9. Explain the connection between the regulatory and voluntary accrediting standards and health care policies and procedures.
  10. Use and analyze clinical informatics to improve clinical performance.
  11. Analyze what communication, teamwork, and leadership skills make an effective health care organization and develop an implementation plan.
  12. Analyze global factors affecting the health care industry.
  13. Use marketing data analysis to develop a plan for growing an organization and creating brand recognition.

The Master of Science in Health Care Administration is 36 credits. There is no room in the degree for elective credits.

This course provides a framework for analysis of legal and ethical issues in the provision of healthcare. This course is an overview of health law issues and includes the conceptual foundations for societal, institutional, and individual dilemmas in healthcare delivery and the legal aspects of clinical and financial decision-making. It covers government regulation including legal constraints, liability, negligence, patient rights, confidentiality, as well as, corporate and administrative responsibility.
This course is designed to build innovative, customer-centric thinking and investigates the decision-making processes of marketing leaders operating within complex and competitive health care settings. Marketing concepts and strategies are presented relative to the development, implementation, and successful management of dynamic health care organizations.
This course is a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. health care delivery system including the interface with the public health system from a systems approach. Trends for the application of economic theory and concepts to the analysis and formulation of both managerial decisions and healthcare policy will be studied. This course covers topics such as approaches to measure the health status of populations and systematic approaches to managing and improving specific populations and nations health status. Emphasis on the distribution of health within a population, the determinants that influence the distribution, and the policies and interventions that impact them.
Core Total36 credits
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or international institution equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited institution, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Students with GPA's between 2.7 and 3.0 may apply.
  • Professional resume.
  • 500-700 word essay describing specific career goals and objectives and motivation to pursue the advanced degree.
  • An undergraduate course in Statistics is required. This may be satisfied by taking MAT 105 Statistics from Charter Oak, or an equivalent transfer course. It may also be fulfilled by the completion of an online, non-credit statistics review course administered by Charter Oak by the beginning of the second term of the program.
  • A minimum 'B-' grade is required in all graduate courses. Students must obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 (B) in order to graduate. All students should refer to the Academic Probation policy regarding grades lower than a 'B-' in the graduate program.
  • The HCA program competency model is designed to include 5 domains and 26 competencies identified as a pertinent and essential foundation for health care management positions. The competencies align with the program’s overall mission of "preparing a diverse group of highly skilled leaders that utilize evidence-based strategies to develop, manage, and improve various health service programs and health related organizations".
  • Domain 1: Communication and Relationship Management Competencies:
    • Relationship Management
    • Communication Skills
    • Facilitation and Negotiation
    • Interpersonal Awareness
  • Domain 2: Leadership Competencies:
    • Leadership Skills and Behavior
    • Organizational Climate and Culture
    • Communicating Vision
    • Managing Change
    • Innovative Thinking
    • Systems Thinking
  • Domain 3: Professionalism Competencies:
    • Personal and Professional Accountability (including professional Development)
    • Contributions to the Community and Profession
    • Ethics
  • Domain 4: Knowledge of the Healthcare Environment Competencies:
    • Health Care Personnel
    • The Patient’s Perspective
    • The Community and the Environment
    • Health Policy
  • Domain 5: Business Knowledge and Skills Competencies:
    • General Management
    • Financial Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Organizational Dynamics and Governance
    • Strategic Planning and marketing
    • Information Management
    • Risk Management
    • Quality Improvement
    • Data Analytics


The 2016 median annual health care administrator salary was $96,540.*

Job Outlook

The job outlook for health care administrators is better than average, with an anticipated growth of 20% between 2016 and 2026.*

Increasing Demand

The aging U.S. population will create 72,100 additional jobs for health care administrators by 2026.*

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Charter Oak State College for Your Graduate Degree?

  • 100% Online
  • Affordable
  • Expert Faculty
  • GRE/entrance exams not required