Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota


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M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration

The Compassion to Care. The Confidence to Lead.

Channel your passion to help others by developing the skills to lead in health and human services and face the complex day-to-day and strategic demands of helping others. The program can be completed within two years, either on campus in Rochester or the Twin Cities of Minnesota or online—when and where it's most convenient for you. Coursework, credits, and program rigor are the same for the online and on-campus programs.

The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA). The program provides an optional practicum to prepare you for licensure as a Long-Term Care Administrator in Minnesota.1

New and Seasoned Professionals Encouraged to Apply

Whether you have an interest in the field or you're already working in health and human services, you can build your skills and deepen your perspective. By the end of the program you will:

  • Demonstrate leadership and management skills that promote quality and sustainability in healthcare and human services settings
  • Maximize performance and ensure quality care through effective human resource management
  • Respond to regulations and policies and their impact on quality
  • Master financial management to keep your organization successful even when responding to rapid change

Innovative Coursework — Online or on Campus

In two years, you learn where and when it’s best for you—in online courses or on campus in Minnesota. You can emerge from this program as a leader who’s ready to meet the complex and constantly changing needs of health and human services organizations.

Program Outcomes

Provide operational leadership and management to promote organizational quality and sustainability.

  • Demonstrate respectful engagement of others' ideas, behaviors, and beliefs
  • Construct and manage a system of governance to implement the organizational vision and mission
  • Resolve issues based on evidence weighed against relevant criteria
  • Develop and assess strategic program planning to enhance future growth, change and quality assurance
  • Understand personal leadership style and its impact on an organization

Provide effective human resource management skills to enhance organizational performance.

  • Apply theories and strategies of human resource management
  • Develop strategies to promote continual improvement of human performance
  • Identify and foster stakeholder relationships to achieve operational goals
  • Apply change management skills related to human resource management

Develop financial acumen to contribute to the vitality and viability of healthcare or long-term care in human services organizations.

  • Evaluate and apply compliance standards for financial operations
  • Determine the financial impacts of regional and national economics and public policy
  • Develop and utilize budgets for planning and decision-making

Integrate knowledge of organizational design, governance, and public policy into healthcare or long-term care in human services administrations.

  • Evaluate relevant information and its sources
  • Apply diverse frames of reference to decisions and actions
  • Locate, evaluate, and implement plans to address accreditation and regulatory guidelines
  • Describe and influence the creation of public policy

Develop ethical leadership skills and dispositional attitudes to manage projects and collaborations, with a focus on system redesign and application of advanced technologies.

  • Frame vital questions clearly
  • Assess the congruence between personal norms and ethical principles
  • Communicate with clarity and coherence
  • Develop a subject, including relevance, logic, grasps of subject, and depth of discussion

Implement plans, partnerships, and policies that address related local and national regulations and community needs.

  • Create policy to address community needs through inter-agency agreements
  • Develop plans to monitor and incorporate ongoing regulatory changes
  • Create an environment and systems for culturally appropriate care

Each course will contain specific learning outcomes that are mapped to the program outcomes. Each course will provide estimates for time required for readings and activities.


Required Courses (36 credits)

All courses are 3 credits.

HS612 Health Informatics and Application
HS658 Human Resources in the Health and Human Services Sectors
HS662 Financial Practices in the Health and Human Services Sectors
HS710 Advanced Research, Writing, and Communication
HS711 Finance for Health Services Administrators
HS712 Health and Human Service Systems
HS713 Aging, Illness, and the Continuum of Care
HS715 Advanced Health Policy and Ethics
HS716 Health and Human Service Administration
HS717 Health Sector Quality and Performance Improvement
HS720 Strategic Health and Human Services Leadership
HS698 Capstone

Practica for Optional Nursing Home Licensure (4 Credits)

If you plan to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam, you will complete these four practicum courses.

HS750 – Nursing Home Practicum 1 (200–250 hours)
HS751 – Nursing Home Practicum 2 (250 hours)
HS752 – Nursing Home Practicum 3 (250 hours)
HS753 – Nursing Home Practicum 4 (250 hours)


Healthcare is one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Multi-specialty medical groups
  • Health systems and hospitals
  • Health plans
  • Device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Long-term care centers
  • Home care and hospice agencies
  • Federally qualified clinics and veterans services
  • Nonprofit health-related agencies

To learn more, contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954 or use the Request More Information form on this page.


1Program Accreditation and State Licensure


2Courses listed may not reflect all current degree requirements as published in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Course Catalog. Contact an enrollment counselor today for more information about this program.


Minnesota: As of July 24, 2013, the M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program has been accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam in the state of Minnesota. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must meet the state's practicum requirements and pass state and national exams.

Other States: This program is not designed to lead to licensure in states outside of Minnesota. It is the responsibility of individual students to verify requirements with their state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB)


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