Master of Science in Administration (MSA)
The Master of Science in Administration promotes and facilitates the development of leaders in public, private, and nonprofit organizations by focusing on key competencies, which positively influence others to achieve goals and realize a shared vision. Learn real world applications of behaviors and attitudes of effective leaders rooted in positive values aligned with your organization’s strategic vision and mission. The MSA offers courses to help leaders develop unique attributes of self-awareness, self-mastery, interpersonal influence, critical thinking, and a problem-solving mindset. MSA leaders influence organizations, agencies, and associations in the private, nonprofit, non-government, and government sectors including, private business, consulting groups, government agencies, public utilities, schools, colleges, workplaces, healthcare facilities, and public health settings.
The Master of Science in Administration (MSA) is an alternate weekend, 36-credit, 20-month program with an 18-credit focus in the following career specializations: health advocacy, human resource management, and dynamic leaders and organizations.
Are you motivated to address health inequities in global health?
The MSA in Health Advocacy engages students in the work of advocacy for those whose health is at risk. Students of the Health Advocacy program learn to:
- raise awareness
- reinforce healthy practices
- promote health
- prevent disease, disability, and premature death
Health Advocacy students gain knowledge of health disparities, develop skills in cultural competence, and engage in needs assessment, to determine a strategic plan, implement programs, and coordinate a variety of services.
Human Resource Management
Are you interested in a career motivating a talented, engaged workforce?
Engage in a program approved by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and designed to meet the SHRM competencies for leadership in human resources. The MSA in Human Resources Management prepares graduates who are both competent human resources managers and who are able to express themselves as leaders from the C-suite through all levels of the organization. The MSA in Human Resources Management prepares students for SHRM certification (SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP) or HRCI certification (PHR, SPHR).
Students of the Human Resources Management program learn to:
- analyze programs
- perform needs assessments
- determine skills and competencies
- develop training and education initiatives
Dynamic Leaders and Organizations
Are you seeking a career opportunity with leading employers recruiting candidates who can solve critical problems, manage day-to-day issues, and resolve crises?
The Dynamic Leaders and Organizations program facilitates the development of leaders who have a positive influence on their followers, organizations, and their stakeholder communities to produce outstanding, innovative, and provocative results. Students of the Dynamic Leaders and Organizations program learn to:
- exert influence through interpersonal relationships
- share knowledge and information to make timely decisions
- apply sound and ethical values to ensure the organization’s growth and sustainability
- understand the strategy and culture of complex organizations
The Dynamic Leaders and Organizations track also offers an optional 9-credit concentration in Program Management for Government (PMG).
Featured CoursesADMN 603 Excellence in Leadership: Theory and PracticeExcellence in Leadership: Theory and Practice is an introduction to historical and current leadership theories, effective contemporary leadership practices, and how the scholar and the practitioner might inform each other for greater effect. This course will emphasize the student's analysis of themselves as leaders while preparing them to make use of their strengths and opportunities. Topics included in this course will include transformational leadership, women in leadership, multicultural leadership, classic management theories, and ethical management. Formerly titled Theories of Leadership and Organizational Change
3 credits ADMN 627 Federal Acquisition ManagementExamines principles, processes, and trends in federal procurement of and contracting for services and goods. Planning, sourcing and contractual design will be addressed. Discussions include Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) standards and their application to making successful contracting decisions, enforcement of contract terms, financial analysis and management, and disputes and appeals, as well as the emerging role of electronic commerce in these processes.
3 credits ADMN 628 Project ManagementThe Project Management course provides the framework for managing a project from initiation to project completion, from a systems perspective. This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the project management (PM) life cycle and the core PM processesinitiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controllingthat are essential to effective project management. Areas covered include managing team structure, scheduling, budgeting, costing, resource allocation, staffing, communication, quality management, risk management, and procurement.
Health Advocacy graduates engage in careers as:
- Community/ Public Health advocates
- Health outreach coordinators
- Health education specialists
- Health program evaluators
Human Resources Management graduates engage in a variety of healthcare settings as:
- Human resources directors
- Compensation managers
- Claims supervisors
- Compliance managers
Dynamic Leaders and Organizations graduates engage in a variety of careers as:
- Change team leaders
- Development strategists
- Training and development managers
- Project leaders