WCSU Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 : ANCELL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS


Master of Health Administration (Online as of Fall 2022*)

Tracey Dolan, Graduate Coordinator, WS XX
Phone: (203) 837-8406


Accounting Faculty  J. Donegan; M. Ganon; X. Jiang; Y. Kim; G. Rotondo.
Finance Faculty C. Huang; W. Lin; L. Vo; A. Wong.
Management Faculty P. Assenza; S. Bazan; K. Burnard; M. Chuang; M. Dugal; L. Forbes; A. Galli-Debicella; Y. Hayajneh; B. Teucher; D. Weltmann.
Management Information Systems E. Collar; J. Flynn; R. Montague; P. Nugent; T. Yoon.
Marketing E. AbouElgheit; R. Drozdenko; X. Han; K. Koza; B Oumlil.


*depending final approval from NECHE


The Ancell School of Business (ASB) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Program Overview and Mission

Western’s Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) program prepares students for managerial positions in a range of health services organizations. The MHA program is an online program designed for part-time study; classes are offered online.

Program Learning Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills when facilitating group interactions, preparing written analyses, presenting compelling arguments and solutions, preparing well-documented plans, reports, and papers and when sharing core   health administration principles, concepts and practices.

2.  Apply leadership techniques appropriate for the context to inspire and influence individuals and teams to pursue a shared vision and goals.

3.  Demonstrate awareness of the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare operations and take responsibility for acting effectively and professionally in teams as a team leader and/or as a member.

4.  Apply critical thinking and analytical skills to assess situations, identify challenges and opportunities, solve problems, implement solutions, and evaluate results in health care delivery.

5.   Make decisions and conduct oneself according to high ethical and professional standards.

6.  Apply knowledge of management and leadership theories and practices to design, organize, mange and improve health care systems and organizations in compliance with industry standards and overall mission.

7.  Apply the knowledge of health care organization’s structure, operation, finance, accounting, technology and context to design systems of care, develop operational plans and strategic plans in line with organization’s overall mission and strategy.

8.   Identify and evaluate ways to strengthen the U.S. healthcare system by critically comparing it to international health care systems.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the M.H.A. program requires submission of the following materials:

  • a completed application for graduate study – Online application: http://wcsu.edu/graduate/application.asp
  • submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees
  • submit two letters of recommendation
  • submit a current resume or curriculum vita

Once the application has been submitted, the applicant will meet with the program coordinator to complete the application process, to review the program requirements, and to design a course of study.

Criteria for admission to the program include the following:

  • 2.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate grade point average
  • at least one year of full-time work experience or equivalent. 

Previous academic achievements, letters of recommendation, and work experience are all important factors. For example, a record of appropriate employment at increasing levels of responsibility and supervision or significant involvement in community organizations might be considered.

Degree Requirements

The M.H.A. degree will be conferred upon the matriculated M.H.A. graduate student who has

  • completed the required 36 semester hours from the three groupings
  • completed the program within an six-year period
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better

Waiver of Courses

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be waived (with substitution) based on undergraduate course work. The total number of waived and transferred course credits may not exceed 15 semester hours.

Transfer of Courses

A maximum of nine graduate credits from other institutions may be transferred to the M.H.A. program. To be considered for transfer, the courses (at least a grade of B) must have been completed in the six years prior to enrollment at Western.

Course Restrictions                                                                     

For a complete list of prerequisites, co-requisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Course Description section of this catalog.

Graduate Student Success Manual Graduate Student Success Manual

This manual, targeted to our Ancell graduate students, provides information about student life here at WCSU, and on the Westside campus. The goal is to ease the transition of graduate students to the program at the Ancell School of Business (ASB).

Course Rotation                                                                    

Program course rotation. Course Rotation

Master of Health Administration

Management Core 6 SH
MGT 530 Leadership 3 SH
MGT 547 Human Resource Management 3 SH
Health Services Core 18SH
MGT 580 Health Delivery Systems 3 SH
MGT 581 Health Services Financial Management 3 SH
MGT 582 Managing Health Services Organizations 3 SH
MGT 585 Health Services Quality Tools 1.5 SH
MGT 589 Health Services Tech and Innovation
1.5 SH
MGT 591 Introduction to Health Policy 3 SH
MGT 595 Strategic Managing for Health Services 3 SH
Elective Courses 12 SH
Electives 12 SH
Total Semester Hours: 36 SH
Management Department Electives:
MGT 550 Selected Topics in Management 3 SH
MGT 544 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution 3 SH
MGT 548 Organizational Excellence
3 SH
MGT 588 Healthcare Administrative Residency 3-6 SH
MGT 584 Long Term Care Administration 3 SH
MGT 586 Health Services Marketing 3 SH
MGT 587 Health Services Law 3 SH
MGT 598 Faculty-Developed Study 3 SH
MGT 599 Student-Developed Study
3 SH

With the approval of the MHA Coordinator, you may also choose non-MHA electives from the graduate course offerings of

  • the Management Department,
  • other Ancell School of Business departments (e.g., marketing, finance), or
  • departments outside the Ancell School (e.g., nursing, psychology, communications).

Choosing electives permits you to tailor the MHA program to your needs and objectives. Please present your non-MHA choices and rationale to the Coordinator for prior approval. Please see the current Graduate Catalog for course descriptions and other relevant information.