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Health Sciences: Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA)

Careers in Health Services Administration

When you obtain an MHSA degree from Armstrong, you will find that it is not only your knowledge that has increased but also your earning potential. Types of careers include:

Program of Study

(Click on a course below to view sample course syllabus)

Teaching/Learning/Assessment Methods Employed

Consistent with its mission, the MHSA curriculum focuses its teaching, learning, and assessment methods on the preparation of early-to-mid careerists for a broad range of professional employment opportunities across the continuum of health services delivery.  Small class sizes (typically 15 or fewer) allow for significant use of team-based activities as well as project-based assignments that allow students to gain real-world experience while in the program.  The program's capstone requirement provides opportunities for students to identify, conceptualize, and execute a project of strategic importance to the field of health services administration.

Grading Policies

The MHSA program utilizes the same grading rubric as the University, as described in the Armstrong Graduate Studies catalog:


Grade Quality Points per Semester Hour
A (Excellent)                        4.0
B (Good)                        3.0
C (Satisfactory)                        2.0
D (Passing)                        1.0
F (Failure)                        0.0
W (Withdrew, no academic penalty)                        0.0
WF (Withdrew, failing)                        0.0
WH (Withdrew Hardship, no academic penalty)                        0.0
WM (Withdrew Military, no academic penalty)                        0.0
I (Incomplete)                        0.0
IP (In Progress)                        0.0
S (Satisfactory)                        0.0
U (Unsatisfactory)                        0.0


With the exception of MHSA 7900/7913 (ALE) and 7950 (capstone), all other required coursework is graded on an A-F scale.  ALE and MHSA capstone are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory/In Progress scale effective Fall 2016.

Effective Fall 2011, the Graduate Affairs Committee has adopted a "2 C's" policy for all graduate programs at Armstrong.  This policy stipulates that any student that receives two grades of C or D in coursework approved by their advisor will be academically dismissed from their program.  Students are allowed to apply for re-admission to any graduate program at Armstrong, post-dismissal, but must sit out a minimum of one full semester before applying for re-admission.  Any student that receives an F or WF grade in any course(s) approved by their advisor will be academically dismissed from their program.

Application Information

All applicants must apply through HAMPCAS, a centralized application system.  

The Armstrong Graduate Studies application is not used.  Please ignore link below.

Program Outcomes & Placement Data

2013 - 2014 MHSA Graduates and Job Placements
latrisa Brewer Oncology Clinical Initiatives Analyst Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion
Ryan Burnside Assistant Patient Access Director Healthcare Corporation of America
Kelly Doyle Practice Manager St. Joseph's/Candler Health System
Amy Fey Business Analyst Memorial Health University Medical Center
Christina Head Oncology Clinical Initiatives Analyst Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion
Brittany Hill Healthcare Benefits Analyst Alliant Insurance Services
Katie Lanier Assistant Practice Administrator Southeast Lung/Crititcal Care
Brent Miller Practice Manager St. Joseph's/Candler Health System
Michael Noland Quality Reporting and Measurement Analyst Bon Secours Health System
Michael Phillips Program Director Diversified Clinical Services
Mallory Scott Medical Staff Coordinator Effingham Health System
Lindsey Strickland Team Leader-Bariatric Surgical Services Memorial Health University Physicians
Ashley Fuller Practice Manager III
Ben Anderson Busniness Manager, Surgical Services
Cynthia Pauley Director of Performance Improvement
Sandy Hoang Senior Physician IT Manager
Walter New Consultant, Health Services
Adam Fillhaber Reimbursement Manager
Alaina Underberg Research Bunsiness Manager
Christina Head Oncology Clinical Initiatives Analyst
Christopher Clarke Business Owner
Corey Langston Unknown
Derek Frazier VA Health System Fellowship
Garland Deshazer Meharry Medical College Fellowship
Gerardo Pollock  Rehabilitation Services Manager
Kaeside Orizu Patient Services Coordinator
Kelli Green VA Health System Fellowship
Lawrence Rice Clinical Integration Administrator
Matthew Geiman Chief, Clinical Operations
Nicole Riley Patient Access Manager
Prino Jacob Contract Representative
Shalena Baker Benefits Coordinator
Theresa Muller Corporate Community Relations Coordinator
Vicki Scott Utilization Review Coordinator
William Miller Practice Manager, Neurology

% Job Placement: 91%

Total HC Employed: 100% (Percentage of Total 2013-2014 graduates working in the health care field within three months of graduation)

Percentage Completion: 88% (Percentage of students admitted between 2011 and 2013 that graduated within two academic years)

MHSA Mission

The MHSA program at Armstrong State University prepares a highly qualified, diverse group of students for increasingly responsible leadership roles in health services administration across the continuum of the health services industry.

MHSA Vision

The MHSA program will become a leading provider of graduate health services administration education within the state of Georgia and serve as a regional resource for community and professional development and applied research and scholarships.

MHSA Core Values

The MHSA program values the following:

  • Educational integrity and innovation
  • Community engagement
  • Diversity
  • Continuous program improvement
  • Student-centered educational programming

Accreditation Information

Accredited by CAHME. The objective of the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree is to provide the student with mastery of the knowledge and skills for the effective administration of health service organizations across the continuum of care. Specifically, the student will understand the basic organizational, financial, legal and managerial components of health services as they relate to a dynamic and evolving health care delivery system.


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