Master’s in Health Administration Online


The School of Management at The Sage Colleges proudly offers its MS in Health Services Administration through Russell Sage Online. The school and program are fully accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The MS in Health Services Administration prepares healthcare managers to meet the diverse needs of this rapidly expanding field of health services, and also prepares students to serve as healthcare managers in a variety of settings.
There are numerous opportunities for health service administrators in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, health maintenance organizations, home care agencies, hospital associations, health insurance companies, managed care companies and governmental health planning and regulatory agencies.

The multi-disciplinary design of the program reflects the faculty’s conviction that healthcare managers must be prepared for widely varying roles. The Master’s in Health Administration online program at The Sage Colleges not only prepares students to assume general responsibilities that span a number of departments in a healthcare delivery organization, but also gives them an opportunity to gain expertise in more specific areas as well. It is well understood that Sage graduates will take on a variety of roles in health services organizations, some purely administrative and some that combine administration and clinical practice.

The core academics of the program offer students a comprehensive set of managerial and analytical skills that will improve problem solving, human relations and program planning as well as analysis capabilities. You will learn from and work with faculty who are experts and practitioners in the field of healthcare administration, health services research, and program planning and evaluation. At Sage, you will study alongside professors who practice what they teach.


* This is the non-research option of the program (the only one currently being offered online by The Sage Colleges). Students must take all of the core courses listed below as well as all of the major courses (barring HSA 577 and HSA 587—students may choose between the two) plus one HSA elective (not listed below) to be approved by an advisor.

This course provides students with extensive knowledge of trends, issues, and systems of health care delivery in the United States. Topics to include: historical development, the structure and function of different health care facility types, utilization of health care services, new patterns and trends in the cost and financing of health care, governmental responsibility for health care services, health care policy analysis, ethical issues, and quality assessment methods.

This course begins with the key decision-making area of strategy development. The development of strategy is then connected to organizational performance. Key areas covered include system analysis, modern strategy, concepts, and best practices applications through case analysis. Prerequisite(s): HSA 553 or permission of instructor.

This course introduces the student to the legal aspects of the U.S. health care system and the governmental structure responsible for administering health services. It also provides an understanding of how current health care reform laws will affect health care administration, health care reimbursement, regulation of health care, and government policy. This course focuses on evolving case law and its impact on the administration of health services in the United States.

This course explores the development and application of budget theories and principles, examines and evaluates the formats used to create and present budgets, and considers cost analysis in a budgeting and program context with attention to the relevant accounting process. Topics include planning, program design, taxation, health provider reimbursement, facilities and grants.

An examination of systems and data needs for budget, financial and management operations, and decision making in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, and health and social agencies. Requirements of third-party payers and governments, cash-flow management, cost containment, provider and consumer relationships, quality care maintenance related to the needs of the patient and family, and interfaces with other human service delivery systems will also be covered.

An orientation to the planning, analysis, design, implementation, evaluation and administrative control of government programs. Emphasis will be on integration of these phases, the role of information systems, use of analytic techniques, and accountability to policy makers and the public.

This course is an introduction to the language and methodology of social science research in public, health and human service administration. Particular attention is given to the research process. The application of research methodology and statistical analysis will be examined. Topics include the nature of the scientific method, sampling theory, and a review of survey, field, experimental, and evaluation methods. The nature and character of scientific evidence, research design, statistical analysis interpretation, and data interpretation are also covered. Students will develop abilities as informed consumers and critics of the methods used to collect and interpret information about human activity and preferences.

This course entails a comprehensive review and analysis of the complex issues which affect an organization’s utilization of its human resources: improvement of productivity, enhancement of the quality of work life, and legal compliance. In addition, the major objectives of human resource management attracting, retaining, and motivating employees as they relate to specific activities (i.e., recruitment, selection, compensation, and training) are examined.

This course seeks to leverage and deepen knowledge from the marketing core by addressing how standard marketing techniques do, and do not, apply within the health sector. The course emphasizes health care consumption decisions which are subject to substantial ethical considerations and public policy scrutiny, and are made by multiple decision makers, often with competing economic interests.

This course covers the integration of computer-based technology into the modern organization. Topics include the use of software applications to solve organizational issues and an examination of E-Commerce, IT systems development and information security. Ethical and social issues related to the use of computer technology are considered.

This course offers students a basis for a comprehensive understanding of management practices and concepts aimed at enhancing organizational quality and productivity. Literature in health and management is reviewed and analyzed for quality approaches, quality best practices, quality initiatives, and perspectives from selected organizations. Topics include statistical measurement techniques, system analysis, work design, and root cause analysis.

One Graduate Level Elective

HSA 587 Externship OR HSA 577 Internship


The Russel Sage Online Graduate Schools use a student-managed application procedure. Your application, transcripts and letters of recommendation should be submitted in a single envelope. This will allow Russell Sage Online Graduate Schools to process your application and to make decisions in a timelier manner.

Application Procedures for Admission to Degree Study


  • Apply Online! The application fee ($40) is waived for all online applicants.
  • Download a printable application form.


  • Submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.

**If you graduated more than seven years ago from one of The Sage Colleges, you will need to request transcripts from all other institutions.


  • Download recommendation form (PDF).
  • Give each person preparing your recommendation a form and an envelope. Request each to enclose the completed recommendation form in the envelope, seal it and mail the envelope to you. DO NOT BREAK THE SEAL. If we receive a recommendation that has been opened, the contents will not be accepted. Two recommendations are required for admission.


  • Write a one- to three-page typed statement of your personal and professional goals as they relate to your graduate studies.


  • Enclose a copy of your current resume.

  • Dayna M. Maniccia, DrPh, MS
    Assistant Professor; Director – Health Services Administration Program; Coordinator – Public Health at The Sage Colleges

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