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  Jul 22, 2024
2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2017-2018 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Master of Health Services Administration

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Program Overview

The 45 credit hour Master of Health Services Administration degree prepares students to effectively manage health service institutions to include hospitals, clinics, group physician practices, nursing homes, outpatient care centers, mental health organizations, and specialty care facilities.  The program is built to the standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and based on The Leadership Competency Model established by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (2012).

Program Philosophy

The Master of Health Services Administration department strives to provide professionals with the skills necessary for leadership roles in an evolving and multifarious environment of health services administration.   With an unwavering commitment to ethical practice and in support of the TCSPP’s Values and Philosophy, the department endeavors to provide students the abilities to serve in the health services community. Utilizing innovative educational methods to achieve its educational goals through advanced research, scholarship, and the development of administrative skills and knowledge, students can further their careers with a commitment to improving the health of the communities they serve.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Have knowledge of the healthcare system and administrative/management roles in in health services.
  • Successfully negotiate the challenges between business practices and evidence based findings in health services administration.
  • Combine leadership skills, logic, initiative, and innovation to prepare for organizational transformation.


  • Evaluate the impact of diversity issues on individuals and society and demonstrate awareness and competence while working with diverse populations.

Professional Behavior

  • Apply oral and written communication skills through collaboration and relationship management.
  • Recognize and assess self-development, problem solving skills, and self-reflection in service.
  • Operate with integrity, accountability and achievement orientation by practicing from a code of ethics and professional values and beliefs.


  • Select and use statistical and financial data to monitor and drive organizational success, financial health, payment processes, and to support decision making.
  • Analyze and design organizational processes, develop solutions and best practices.

Admission Requirements

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Master of Health Services Administration program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements.

  • Generally, an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is expected for admission.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all schools where a degree was earned.
  • Application fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two-page personal statement/essay answering the following questions:
    • How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience contribute to your success in the MHSA Program?
    • How will the successful completion of the MHSA Program support your professional career goals?
  • Health Services background recommended but not required.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.

Degree Competion Requirement

  • Successful completion of 45 credit hours of coursework
  • Susccessul completion of 100 hour practicum


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.

Ethical Guidelines

Students are expected to develop a working knowledge of the ethical and legal issues pertaining to, but not limited to, American college of Healthcare executives, National Association for Healthcare Quality, relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations, and legal precedents (e.g., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures, 1978) as well as the professional norms, standards, and guidelines relevant to the profession.


The Practical capstone is a real-world opportunity for the student to demonstrate skills and concepts in health services administration and apply these through a planned and supervised practical experience.

MHSA students participate in two Practical Capstone courses over the final two terms of their Program, with each seminar course occurring over an eight-week term schedule.  The first, two-credit seminar course, requires a minimum 80 hours of fieldwork; the second one-credit seminar course requires a minimum of 20 hours of fieldwork.  In each seminar students conduct their fieldwork and also complete online course requirements related to fieldwork challenges and achievements, focusing specifically on the application of MHSA program principles to a health-services related work environment.

Additional information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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