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The Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree requires 32 graduate credit hours which includes a thesis or creative component project.

Core Courses

Number Credits Course Name
HCA 5013 3 Survey of Health Care Administration
HCA 5093 3 Leadership Methods and Styles in Health Care
HCA 5123 3 Research and Evaluation Methods in Health Care
HCA 5033 3 Legal Issues in Health Care

Elective Courses

Number Credits Course Name
HCA 5163 3 Health Care Accounting and Auditing*
HCA 5113 3 Entrepreneurship and the Health Sciences*
HCA 5043 3 Organizational Leadership in Healthcare*
HCA 5023 3 Human Resources in Healthcare and Public Administration
GLHE 5103 3 Intro to Global Health
HCA 5063 3 Health Care Compliance
HCA 5083 3 Financial Structures in Health Care Organizations
HCA 5010 3 Health Care Administration Internship
HCA 5223 3 Ethics in Health Care
GLHE 5173 3 Emerging Global Infectious Diseases
GLHE 5143 3 Relief Development in Global Health
GLHE 5153 3 International Health Systems
HCA 5040 3 Advanced Cases in Health Care Finance
HCA 5233 3 Advanced Leadership Methods and Styles in Health Care
HCA 5133 3 Health Care Informatics
HCA 5263 3 Patient Safety, Quality Measurement and Improvement
HCA 5993 3 Clinical Operations Management
HCA 5010  3 Special Topics in Health Care Administration
HCA 5052 2 Directed Readings in Healthcare Administration

Other Management, MBA, Operations or Marketing courses from the Spears School of Business may be utilized with advisor approval.


Thesis Option

A research thesis is required for students pursuing a thesis option M.S. degree. Students pursuing this option will conduct original research, culminating in a written thesis that is presented as a seminar and publicly defended.


Creative Component

The creative component option is fulfilled by enrolling in HCA 5052 Directed Readings. If the thesis option isn’t chosen, the creative component option must be chosen.


HCA Option

There are two options HCA students can choose: Administration or Leadership and Entrepreneurship.


Administration Option: geared toward students who have goals towards working in the Healthcare industry. The required courses for this option are the 4 required courses for the HCA program.


Leadership and Entrepreneurship option: geared toward high-level executive leadership. Student must complete the 4 required courses for the program in addition to HCA 5113. The classes with (*) are courses suggested for this option.


Transfer Credit Hours Eligibility

  • Up to nine credit hours of transfer coursework may be considered after admission into the program and with development of the Plan of Study with an advisor.
  • Transfer coursework is considered only if it is graduate level, assigned a letter grade of B or better, and will be less than 10 years old at the time of graduation with the M.S. in HCA.
  • For more details on transfer credits, review policy 5.0 in the Graduate College Catalog.


Veterans Services

Military and Veteran Benefit Services

Office of Student Veteran Success


For full course descriptions, view the OSU Academic Catalog

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