2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1
Master of Science in Health Services Management Degree Program
Argosy University, Atlanta; Argosy University, Denver; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area; Argosy University, Twin Cities
The Master of Science (MS) in Health Services Management degree program is designed to provide a comprehensive course of graduate study to prepare health service providers and managers for the challenges of modern healthcare. The program recognizes the value of applied research in solving the problems of today’s health systems, and is designed to encourage the acquisition of sustainable research methods and skills. The program curriculum is intended to provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary business practices, modern healthcare systems and organization, policy development and planning techniques, management and leadership strategies, health behaviors, financial management, and analytical research methods. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to fully utilize proven healthcare management methods, while developing new theories and applications relevant to modern healthcare management.
Program Outcome One: Management Theory and Practice
Competency 1.a Marketing Management
Analyze the interrelationship of the structure, market, and positioning of a healthcare organization.
Competency 1.b Operations Management
Analyze and summarize effective operations management strategies among diverse healthcare organizational environments.
Competency 1.c Financial Management
Apply analytical skills in economics and financial issues in the health services and related industries.
Competency 1.d Human Resource Management
Integrate human resource strategies with organizational objectives for healthcare organizations.
Program Outcome Two: Leadership and Change Management
Analyze various leadership techniques and characteristics that support various types of healthcare organizational missions/visions and are effective in a changing healthcare environment.
Program Outcome Three: Decision Making and Research
Analyze healthcare data using contemporary statistical and non-statistical methods and related information to formulate a plan to improve healthcare service delivery (i.e., organizational/operational effectiveness and efficiency).
Program Outcome Four: Ethics, Healthcare Law, and Risk Management
Assess and apply ethical, legal, and risk management information related to effective health facility operations.
Program Outcome Five: Healthcare Policy
Assess the effects of current healthcare policy on various types of healthcare organizations/settings.
Program Outcome Six: Interpersonal Communication Effectiveness and Professional Development
Present information, orally and in writing, that is concise, clear, organized, supported, and persuasive in a professional manner appropriate to the healthcare industry and supporting the professional development of health services managers.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Health Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
- A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
- 2.7 GPA for the bachelor’s degree, or
- 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or
- Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor’s degree. Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0-2.7 must enroll in W5096 - Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 38 weeks.
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
- Completed Application for Admission Form
- If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution
- If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study
Applications to Multiple Campuses
Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credit hours accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program.
Students enrolled in the MS in Health Services Management degree program are eligible for graduation when the following requirements are met:
- Successful completion of all academic requirements set forth by the school and the Health Services Management Department, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and a grade of “B-” or better in all courses.
- Successful completion of 45 credit hours.
- Petition to Graduate Form submitted to campus administration.
Students enrolled in the MS in Health Services Management degree program are required to satisfactorily complete 45 credit hours distributed as follows: core course requirements, 42 credit hours; and elective requirements, 3 credit hours.