Midwestern State University
Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Established in 1922 as Wichita Falls Junior College, Midwestern State University underwent four subsequent name changes to evolve into Texas’ only public, independent liberal arts institution with COPLA membership. Located on a 255-acre urban campus just 15 miles south of the Oklahoma border, MWSU enrolls approximately 6,000 students each semester, including 750 master’s-level scholars, in seven colleges. According to Washington Monthly, MWSU is America’s 77th best bang for the buck with a student loan default rate of 6.5 percent. The Robert D. & Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences & Human Services works with the AACSB-accredited Dillard College of Business Administration to operate four graduate programs for developing management skills in health care.
Master in Health Administration
Available on-campus in Wichita Falls or online since Fall 2011, the Master in Health Administration (MHA) program at MWSU invites experienced health care professionals to enhance their managerial capacity. The 45-credit curriculum was flexibly designed for students working full-time to prepare for in-demand medical leadership positions. MHA majors must select from four concentrations: Health Information Management, Public and Community Sector Health Care Management, Medical Practice Management, or Rural and Urban Hospital Management. Degree plans are customized with leveling courses for students with bachelor’s degrees outside of health and business. Core coursework delves into finance, personnel management, managed care, epidemiology, bioethics, health policy, and informatics. After at least 18 credits, MHAs complete an advanced research seminar. Graduation requires passing an administrative residency, comprehensive exam, and strategic capstone project.
Master of Public Administration – Health Services Administration
For graduates specifically pursuing management careers in public, non-profit, or governmental health-related organizations, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Midwestern State has a Health Services Administration track. This 36-credit program places emphasis on the unique skills requiring for managing city, state, and federal public health departments. Students complete 21 credits of MPA core, including courses like public policy analysis, public budgeting, organizational behavior, fiscal administration, and human resources. Then, MPA-HSA majors progress into courses specifically on health care law and analysis. Class sessions can meet face-to-face or online in traditional semester-based formats. Two capstone projects are required for strategic decision-making in public and health services administration. Passing an oral comprehensive exam is also mandatory.
Master of Science in Radiologic Administration
Created as the United States’ first program of its kind in 1995, the Master of Science in Radiologic Administration equips MWSU students to become leaders in the advanced clinical practice of radiology for diagnostic imaging services. Following JRCERT guidelines, the degree utilizes a holistic approach to help working radiologic technologists advance into administrative duties. The 37-credit program is primarily offered online with only two on-campus seminars for peer interaction. Three majors are available for Education, Administration, or Radiologist Assistant, but all develop critical leadership skills for today’s culturally diverse health market. Coursework explores financial management, patient interaction, change leadership, health care law, radiologic science, and personnel relations. MSRA students in Administration can choose a master’s thesis or applied capstone project.
Graduate Certificate in Health Services Administration
Students educated at the bachelor’s level can forgo the MHA program by simply pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Administration at Midwestern State. This 18-credit program offers an accelerated pathway for sharpening skills required by the health care industry’s newest generation of administrators. GCHSA students complete six courses in organizational behavior, financial management, personnel relations, health systems analysis, health care law, and managed care organizational structure. Courses must be completed with a “B” or better to qualify. Only nine credits earned will transfer seamlessly into the Master in Health Administration program if chosen. Most students complete the certificate in two to three semesters online. For admission, MWSU requires having a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and scoring above the 50th percentile on the GRE.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
National American University
Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School
Enrolling around 8,000 on-site and online students, National American University is a for-profit, publicly traded higher learning institution founded in 1941 by Clarence Jacobson. Since its humble beginnings as a one-year secretarial school, NAU has grown remarkably into a regionally accredited college with 33 locations across the Southwest, including seven in Texas. Around 53 percent of NAU’s students are studying online. For five straight years, National American University was deemed a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. In the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School, students can select from 26 master’s degree options for better career specialization and higher job security.
Master of Business Administration: Health Care Administration Emphasis
Fully IACBE accredited, the Master of Business Administration program from NAU is available 100 percent online or face-to-face at Texas locations. Graduates with any bachelor’s degree can advance their business acumen in one of 10 specialized emphasis areas. Students selecting the Health Care Administration Emphasis will develop the practical skills for achieving career goals specifically in the medical industry. MBAs work closely with faculty advisors to tailor their curriculum for health administration job opportunities. The required 27-credit core includes coursework in economics, managerial accounting, finance, quantitative methods, policymaking, marketing, and organizational change. Electives are then completed based on students’ declared emphasis. On average, students graduate within 65 weeks (14 months).
Master of Management: Health Care Administration Emphasis
NAU’s Master of Management (MM) program allows graduates to build a comprehensive portfolio of leadership skills for acting as mid-level to upper-level managers with a holistic approach to organizational change. Requiring at least 54 credits, the program is available 100 percent online or on-site in Texas. Like the MBA, there are 10 diversified emphasis areas offered, including Health Care Administration. Students focus on analyzing and resolving “big picture” issues affecting the productivity of health care providers. The MM’s core explores 21st century topics in human resources, financial management, management theory, organizational behavior, marketing management, and business law. The 65-week program mandates a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree and minimum CGPA of 3.0.
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association (HLC-NCA)
National American University – Allen
1101 Central Expressway South Suite 100
Allen, TX 75013
National American University – Austin (North)
13801 Burnet Road Suite 300
Austin, TX 78727
National American University – Austin (South)
6800 Westgate Blvd. Suite 102
Austin, TX 78745
National American University – Houston
11511 Katy Freeway Suite 200
Houston, TX 77079
National American University – Lewisville
475 State Highway 121 Suite 150
Lewisville, TX 75067
National American University – Mesquite
18600 LBJ Freeway
Mesquite, TX 75150
National American University – Richardson
300 North Coit Road Suite 225
Richardson, TX 75080