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 inequalities in global and local 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 CoursesHADV 601 Health Disparity and Social InequalityIn this course students explore and define their roles as health advocates for populations suffering from health disparities. Students assess differences in health, which result from environment, care (access, quality, or utilization), health status, or lack of awareness of health outcomes. Students will distinguish between disparities due to inequity (differences in rates of health outcomes) and disparities due to inequalities (unnecessary, unavoidable, unfair, and unjust health outcomes). Issues of social inequality and social justice are intertwined with health disparity, especially for disadvantaged and minority populations. Students analyze and categorize patterns within the health determinants of populations to identify disparitie s and th eir related social factors compared to non-minority or majority populations using data from the DHHS, CDC, NIH, Healthy People, and other sources. Students evaluate the effects of health disparities within specific populations, identify health determinants and social aspects influences on the health disparity, choose an appropriate comparison group, determine the appropriate measures, and evaluate existing programs, initiatives, or individual behaviors for effectiveness.
Prerequisites: None HADV 621 Health Advocacy: Access and NavigationIn this course students determine the appropriate roles a health practitioner might adopt to promote an individual or communitys health care experience and to improve health outcomes. In an increasingly complex healthcare market and range of treatments it is important for the health care advocate to be able to assess a patients diagnosis, risks, needs, and recommended treatment to direct individuals or communities to the best experiences and outcomes. This is critically important for minority, disadvantaged, or special populations who are often unaware of the severity of their conditions and potential health outcomes. Students demonstrate the ability to inform and educate individuals or communities of their health status, treatm ent plan s, access to quality care, community health services, and to advocate to insurance systems and health institutions in an ethical and caring manner to improve health outcomes and social inequalities.
Prerequisites: None ADMN 661 Leaders and Complex OrganizationsLeadership has profound influence on the design, functionality, culture, and effectiveness of organizations. The organizations they lead are rarely static, stability is difficult to manage, and the reality of organizational life is complex, dynamic, and nuanced. Students engage in developing their leadership acumen and applying it to the design of an organization, which is adaptive, agile, and appreciative by intention, preparing them to act as a leader and change agent of organizational learning. Students will develop and implement a leadership growth plan and engage in activities that promote her or his development as a leader. Students determin e effect ive elements of organizations, design complex adaptive organizations, and apply measures of assessment, while establishing and negotiating their role as leaders and change agents. Formerly ADMN 661 Organizations and the Individual.
Prerequisites: None ADMN 625 Contracts & Procurement for Public ProgramsThe management and negotiation of public contracts and acquisitions is a complex process requiring a high level of self-knowledge and awareness of other, the effects of differences (culture, gender, and others) and conflict on the negotiation process. Students identify, discern, and apply appropriate strategies for developing proposals, managing bids and negotiating public contracts and acquisitions. Students analyze mandates for contract requirements, vendor offerings, and assess bargaining positions. Students implement the principles and processes of federal procurement Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) an d their application to successful contracting decisions, enforcement of contract terms, financial analysis and management, and disputes and appeals in these processes. Students evaluate progress, work scope, cost and price, terms and conditions, and contract changes. Formerly ADMN 625 Contracts & Negotiations.
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 Director
- Compensation Manager
- Training and Development Lead
- Claims Supervisor
- Talent Manager
- Compliance Manager
Dynamic Leaders and Organizations graduates engage in a variety of careers as:
- Change team leaders
- Development strategists
- Training and development managers
- Project leaders