M.S. in Health Care Administration

M.S. in Health Care Administration


The M.S. in Health Care Administration requires 39 hours of specified coursework. Together these courses provide the student with a general background in business and economics and industry-relevant knowledge in all of the fundamental areas of managing health care organizations.

The 13 courses will be taken in the following sequence, but are subject to change.

  • HCAD 5301 Health Care Administration
  • HCAD 5337 Ethics, Human Resources Management, Leadership, and Teamwork
  • HCAD 5305 Financial Accounting for Health Care Industry
  • HCAD 5306 Managerial Accounting for Health Care Industry
  • FINA 5315  Health Care Financial Management
  • HCAD 5310 Health Care Law
  • INSY 5350   Health Care Information Systems
  • OPMA 5377 Health Care Quality Assessment
  • BSTAT 5315 Health Care Statistical Operations
  • MARK 5330 Services Marketing Management
  • ECON 5333 Economics of Health Care
  • HCAD 5390 Strategic Management for Health Care Organizations
  • HCAD 5399 Research/Internship

The residence or internship course requirement can be satisfied in either of two methods. The residence options are as follows:

Working Residence/Internship. The completion of a residence/Internship is a primary component of the program for students who do not have prior appropriate professional work experience in a health-related organization. The residence provides students the opportunity to acquire firsthand professional knowledge of and experience with the functioning of a health-related organization. The working residence requires the completion of 240 hours of approved work experience in a professional capacity, and a final written report supervised by a program faculty member. The graduate advisor will provide overall supervision and coordination of the residence.

Residence/Internship Substitute. A student who has substantial and acceptable work experience in a supervisory or professional position may qualify for the residence substitute. Work experience is approved by the graduate advisor.

Accordingly, a student may request:

Option I. Design, conduct and complete a supervised research project, equivalent in scope to 3 hours graduate research-oriented courses. This project must be highly relevant to the student’s intended future professional focus. The project will be supervised by at least one member of the faculty of the degree program, or

Option II. Complete an approved graduate level course, containing significant research-oriented content, highly relevant to the student’s intended future professional focus.

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    • Admissions Requirements

      Admission to the M.S. in Health Care Administration (HCAD) program is based upon the completion of the general admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies. HCAD program admission requires a score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and record of applicant’s undergraduate academic performance are required. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for denying an applicant’s admission to the HCAD program.

      Applicants for whom English is not their native language must achieve a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based). International applicants that score below minimum acceptable levels on the verbal portion of entrance examinations may be admitted under the condition that they pass an English proficiency exam or complete UT Arlington’s Graduate English Skills Program prior to beginning graduate coursework. Applicants are encouraged to submit with their application a resume that highlights professional and personal accomplishments, linguistic abilities, computer expertise and leadership experience.

      Multiple criteria are used to make admission decisions. Quantitative measures include an applicant’s GMAT or GRE scores and grade point average as calculated by the Office of Graduate Studies. These measures are integrated into a formula, or index, that multiplies the grade point average by 200 and adds the total GMAT score. Index factors are weighed equally at the outset of applicant evaluation. A graduate grade point average is used in the index when it is 3.0 or above and is based on at least 24 semester hours. For unconditional admission, the applicant’s composite total from the index must be 1050 or higher and items listed below should strongly indicate the potential for successful academic performance as a graduate health care administration student.

      Along with grade point average and GMAT or GRE scores, admission criteria include the following:

      • GMAT or GRE scores (verbal and quantitative)
      • GMAT or GRE writing sample
      • Grades in specified undergraduate business and non-business courses (math, accounting, economics, statistics, for example)
      • Educational objectives and quality of written expression of the application essay
      • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background and/or work experience
      • Undergraduate Major
      • General and specific program accreditation status of degree-granting institution
      • Professional work experience
      • Professional Certification or Licensure
      • A personal interview, at the discretion of the program advisor

      Unconditional Admission
      The GMAT or GRE test may be waived for applicants with an earned graduate degree in appropriate health care related discipline or profession.

      The GMAT or GRE test may also be waived for applicants with 5 or more years of increasing responsibility in managerial, professional, and/or technical positions in the healthcare industry, and a 3.0 GPA on undergraduate work as calculated by the Office of Graduate Studies; detailed work history required with application.

      Students who are unconditionally admitted, have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 as calculated by the Graduate School (or 3.0 at the graduate level), and enroll for a minimum of six semester credit hours will be eligible for available fellowship and/or scholarship support. A standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) will not be used as the sole criterion for determining fellowship and/or scholarship eligibility.

      Probationary Admission
      For an applicant with an index score below 1050, probationary admission may be available when at least three items of 1 through 5 above strongly indicate the potential for successful academic performance as a graduate health care administration student. Items 6 through 10 will also be used to identify positive indicators for admission. Students who are admitted on probation will have one or more conditions specified, such as no grade less than ‘B’ for the first 12 hours of graduate study.

      Provisional, Deferred and Denied Admission
      A provisional decision to admit may be granted when the applicant meets criteria for unconditional or probationary status but one or more applicant credentials are incomplete. A deferred decision may be made when an applicant’s file is not sufficiently complete to make an admit or deny decision.

      For an applicant with an index score less than 1000 and other evidence that indicates lack of potential for academic success as a graduate health care administration student, admission will likely be denied. However, all applicant data will be carefully reviewed before an admission denial is made.

      NOTE:  Talk to Program Advisor for the possibility of GMAT waiver.

Application Procedures

The following documents must be received for consideration of admission.

  • Submit an online application at applytexas.org
  • Submit application fee ($75 – U.S. citizens and permanent residents with no foreign transcripts/$90 – applicants with foreign coursework)
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university you attended to the Office of Admissions. Currently enrolled or former UTA students do not need to request their UTA transcript. If you have foreign coursework, you must submit official foreign transcripts, or mark sheets and diplomas, that bears the original university seal and original signature of the Registrar. View our Official Transcript Guidelines for more information. (View transcript guidelines)
  • Submit official GRE or GMAT scores – official test score reports should be sent directly from the testing agency. UTA’s ETS institutional code is 6013. Individuals may be eligible to receive a 50 percent GRE Fee Reduction voucher for the general test and/or a subject test. Visit the GRE website to learn more about the GRE Fee Reduction Program. (GRE Fee Reduction Program)
  • GMAT or GRE Waiver — The Program Advisor can waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for any of the following conditions:• You have an earned graduate degree in an appropriate field.
    • You have an undergraduate GPA (last 60 hours) of 3.0 or higher and five or more years of progressive health care industry experience.
    • You have (within the last 3 years) or will receive an undergraduate degree from UT Arlington with a GPA of 3.2 or higher, as calculated by the graduate school.
  • Submit current resume – highlighting your administrative, managerial, and volunteering experiences to HCAD@uta.edu
  • Submit Personal statement – reasons why you want to pursue the M.S. in Health Care Administration degree (approximately 200 words). Email to HCAD@uta.edu
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation – addressing the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program from persons knowledgeable of the applicant’s abilities 

You may contact the Graduate Business Services Office to check the status of your application. USA students should allow 4 weeks between submission and status check. International/Permanent Resident students should allow 6 weeks between submission and status check.

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