The Master of Science in
Health Care Administration
An accelerated cohort-based program for working professionals
time to meet the challenge
The World of Health Care is Evolving Rapidly. KEY FEATURES
ARE YOU READY?
OF THE M.S. HCAD PROGRAM
Leadership | Integrity | Lifelong Learning | Diversity
One of the largest of its kind in the nation
Health care administration is the business component of the industry dedicated to
saving lives and enhancing quality of living. Hospitals and other medical providers 12 classes, 36-credit-hour M.S. program
need skilled administrators with business skills to plan, organize and supervise the offered in Fort Worth and Dallas
many elements of health care delivery. The societal impact of this industry cannot
Cohort-based: students remain together
be over-emphasized. Its leaders must be passionately committed to meeting the
throughout the program
highest ethical standards.
The University of Texas at Arlington’s M.S. in Health Care Administration (HCAD) One course at a time in accelerated 5-7
is an accelerated, cohort-based program designed for professionals currently working week sessions
in the health care industry. You can complete your degree in just 24 months, taking
Program can be completed
one class at a time, two nights per week.
in just 24 months
The program is ideal for executives and mid-level managers seeking to enhance
their career prospects. The M.S. HCAD is an excellent option for clinicians and
specialists seeking to make the transition to management, as well as for those who
are interested in joining the growing field of health care administration.
LEARN MORE, The HCAD program gave me the foundation,
confidence, and network connections that it
EARN MORE took for me to be on the fast track for hospital
administration. Having a master’s in health care
administration is imperative to set yourself apart
from other candidates in today’s competitive
environment. I went from having no healthcare
background and within three years of graduating
was named C.O.O. of a medium-sized hospital.
Chief Operating Officer
Cedar Park Regional Medical Center
THE BUSINESS OF HEALTH CARE. THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME.
What Do Health Care
There has never been a greater need for decisive health care administrators who
can understand and adapt to rapid changes in the industry, respond to increasing
Health care administrators take on a variety competitive and legal pressures, and effectively integrate information about
of roles in the industry in a variety of quality and cost into the delivery of services. Their skills and abilities must be
institutional settings. Some of the current steered by the highest level of integrity and ethics.
occupations of our students include: Health care professionals who have strong business skills to plan, organize and
• Assistant Manager, Hospital Emergency supervise the elements of health care delivery are in great demand. A master’s
Department degree in health care administration is an ideal way to heighten your business
• Business Office Director
sense and to gain a competitive edge in the industry.
• Charge Nurse and Nurse Manager
Part of UT Arlington’s nationally-recognized College of Business, the M.S. HCAD
was recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine (July 2007) and the Association
• Chief Executive Officer
of University Programs in Health Administration as the third largest health care
• Chief Financial Officer administration program of its kind in the nation. The employment outlook for
• Chief Information Officer qualified health care administrators is bright. Currently, one of every six jobs is in
• Chief Nursing Officer
the health care industry. Growth in the employment of health care administrators
is predicted to outpace employment growth in general.
• Chief Operating Officer
• Clinical Research Manager
THE M.S. HCAD PROGRAM ADHERES TO THE ESSENTIAL vALUES OF THE HEALTH
• Customer Service Manager
CARE MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY.
• Health Information Director
Leadership: We educate tomorrow’s health care leaders through example and
• Hospital Business Office Manager
mentoring, and we prepare our graduates for a lifetime of commitment to the
• Hospital vice President of Managed Care health care field.
• Managed Care Information Systems Integrity: We advocate and demand a high level of ethical conduct from our
students and graduates alike.
• Medical Records Administrator
Lifelong Learning: We know that lifelong learning is vital to continuous
• Pharmaceutical Company Manager improvement and innovation both at the individual and organizational levels.
• Quality and Utilization Director Diversity: We demand that the health care field is inclusive and we embrace the
• vice President of Operations differences among our colleagues and the clients we serve.
This program offers valuable knowledge
and insight for tomorrow’s health
care leaders. This industry is rapidly
changing and the HCAD program
changes with it. Just as valuable is the
student’s commitment to this industry.
Our students must graduate prepared to
meet the evolving challenges in health
M.S. HCAD Program Director
UT Arlington a large University with a Personal toUch
The University of Texas at Arlington sets the standard for educational excellence in
the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. Through life-enhancing research,
• UT Arlington is classified as a
innovative teaching, and community service, UT Arlington Mavericks challenge
Research University/High Activity
convention and transform the world in which they live. The University’s more than
by the Carnegie Foundation for the
33,000 students—an all-time high—are pursuing almost 190 bachelor’s, master’s, and
Advancement of Teaching.
doctoral degrees in an extensive range of disciplines. Of UT Arlington’s 150,000 alumni,
• Nearly 2,000 full- and part-time
approximately 100,000 live in North Texas. Their presence helps the University create
faculty members inspire students
an annual economic impact of more than $1 billion in the region.
to reach unprecedented academic
heights in 187 bachelor’s, master’s, As a member of an HCAD cohort, however, you won’t feel lost inside a large institution.
and doctoral degree programs. In the cohort structure, most students remain together throughout the program, so you
• UT Arlington’s library facilities get to know your peers, and learn from them as well as from your instructors. Students
provide access to more than 1.2 come from a wide variety of backgrounds and institutions, increasing the richness of
million physical volumes, 41,000 full- the academic environment and affording additional opportunities for networking.
text print and electronic periodicals Graduates of the HCAD program are encouraged to stay involved as mentors to
and newspapers, 241,000 e-books, current students.
and a rapidly growing collection of
Furthermore, the program advisor acts as your personal link to the main campus.
digital and analog media.
If you need help resolving an administrative matter, want to learn about available
• Career Development Services
resources and opportunities, or are seeking academic or career advice, contact the
Center offers job information and
HCAD program director.
workshops in job-hunting skills.
• Extensive computing facilities
with wireless Internet access are
• The program is home to one of
the largest student chapters of the
American College of Healthcare
Executives in Texas.
The UT Arlington Fort Worth Center at the The Universities Center in the heart of
historic Sante Fe Freight Building. Downtown Dallas.
HCAD CoHorts in DAllAs AnD Fort WortH
With separate cohorts offered in the center of the region’s two primary central business areas–downtown Dallas and downtown
Fort Worth–the HCAD program is accessible and convenient. UT Arlington’s state-of-the-art Fort Worth Center is located in
the historic Santa Fe Freight Building in downtown Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Center occupies approximately 25,000 square
feet, including 15,000 square feet of classroom and support space on the ground floor. Preservation and sustainability features
were integral to the project. The Center consists of 8 state-of-the-art classrooms, meeting and conference space, student, staff,
and faculty lounge areas, and a resource library.
The Universities Center at Dallas is a multi-institution teaching center located in downtown Dallas. Operation of the Universities
Center is provided by the Federation of North Texas Area Universities, an educational consortium comprised of UT Arlington,
Texas A&M University-Commerce, and the University of North Texas. The member institutions cooperate in the offering of
upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses that may be applied to programs offered by the partner institutions.
UT Arlington Fort Worth Center Universities Center at Dallas
1401 Jones Street in downtown Fort Worth 1901 Main Street in downtown Dallas
⌃ Light Rail
ST. PAUL STREET
MAIN STREET GARDEN
The HCAD program is structured by tenured healthcare executives who were able to convey both theoretical
principal and practical application. UT Arlington offered an affordable graduate program that allowed me to
attain the credentials I needed to ensure my own competitive advantage in the healthcare career marketplace.
Director, Business Operations - Transplant Services,
Methodist Health System
coUrses in the
The curriculum is designed for working professionals who are familiar with the health
m.s. hcaD Program
care industry but have not had any previous coursework in business or economics.
It consists of a set of industry-focused courses built on a foundation of business
General Business Courses
core courses, culminating in an integrated capstone class and research project or
• Human resource Management
residency. The residency, one of the capstone classes in the program, allows students
• service Marketing Management
• Financial Accounting
the opportunity to gain exposure to the management side of the health care industry
• statistical Methods for Health and develop their administrative skills in an applied setting.
Care organizations All the key functional areas of business are covered, including accounting, economics,
industry-speCifiC Courses finance, information systems, law, management, and marketing. When you have
• Ethics, leadership and teamwork completed the program, you will understand the fundamental principles of all these
• Health Care Administration
functional areas and how they apply in a health care context.
• Health Care Economics
• Health Care Financial DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE WORKING PROFESSIONALS
Management Students in our cohorts take two classes every semester. At this pace you can complete
• Health Care information systems your degree in just twenty-four months. To allow students to focus on one class at
• Health Care legal issues a time, courses are offered sequentially in accelerated five-to seven-week sessions.
Capstone Classes Classes are held in the evening and meet two nights per week. There are breaks of
• strategic Management of Health three or more weeks in December, May and August.
• residency/internship or research TEACHING AND PRACTICING THE HEALTH CARE vALUES
Project Volunteerism is a tradition in the health care industry. In this program, it’s
Each class is three credit hours. essential that our students embrace the value of giving their time and talents to
The residency/internship requires organizations serving the good of our community. Volunteer work is also an
240 hours of work.
excellent way to create opportunities for yourself. It can open doors to internships
and permanent positions.
Fort Worth Dallas
• Begin in August • 2 classes, Fall (year two) • Begin in January • 2 classes, Spring (year two)
• 2 classes, Fall (year one) • 2 classes, Spring (year two) • 2 classes, Spring (year one) • 2 classes, Summer (year two)
• 2 classes, Spring (year one) • 2 classes, Summer (year two) • 2 classes, Summer (year one) • 2 classes, Fall (year two)
• 2 classes, Summer (year one) • Graduate in August • 2 classes, Fall (year one) • Graduate in December
excellence The quality of instruction and resources
in teaching, made available have given me the
confidence and ability to compete on a
excellence national stage. Now, I not only see my
potential, but I also understand my role
in research as a leader in health care administration.
Paul Aslin (pictured left)
Wise Regional Health System
DISTINGUISHED IN TEACHING, RESEARCH & DOING BUSINESS
UT Arlington’s M.S. HCAD program is based in the College of Business, one of the largest business schools in the nation.
The college prepares more than 5,500 students each year for their roles as leaders, innovators, and influencers in the global
community through an extensive selection of degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The College
of Business is among the nation’s most productive business schools in published academic research. Courses are taught by our
graduate faculty and executive managers with considerable experience in the health services field.
The program’s faculty are selected in part for their interest in teaching and their ability to be innovative in the classroom.
Most instructors employ a mix of traditional teaching methods and new, modern team-based learning approaches that stress
application across a wide variety of problem-solving and decision-making situations. In the H.C.Ad program, “doing” has taken
its place alongside “knowing” as the foundation of business education.
FACultY ASSoCIAteD WItH tHe ProGrAM
larry chonko | Ph.D., University of Houston | The Thomas McMahon aDJUncts
Professor in Business Ethics candy Baptist r.n. | M.H.S.M., University of Mary Hardin-Baylor |
Jeff Desimone | Ph.D., Yale University | Assistant Professor of Economics Adjunct and Internship Coordinator; Director of Clinical Education/Academic
Partnership, Center for Learning, Texas Health Resources.
David gray | Ph.D., University of Massachusetts | Associate Dean and
Professor of Management Jim Dunn | Ph.D., Organization Development, Benedictine University |
Adjunct and Chief Learning Officer with Texas Health Resources
Jeff mcgee | Ph.D., University of Georgia | Associate Professor
larry nelson | M.S., University of San Francisco | Adjunct and Community
gary mcmahan | Ph.D., Texas A&M University | Associate Professor of
Health Care Director at John Peter Smith Health Network
tim Philpot | M.B.A., UT Arlington | Adjunct and former Chief Executive
roger meiners | Ph.D., virginia Polytechnic University | Professor of
Officer of the Tarrant County Hospital District
michael richarme | Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington | Lecturer of
michael west, Fache | Ed.D., Nova University | Adjunct and Executive
Director of the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center
terrance wilensky | Ph.D., University of Missouri | Lecturer of
How to Apply
TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE M.S. HCAD PROGRAM, PLEASE PROvIDE THE FOLLOWING:
Complete the Texas common application online at https://www.applytexas.org
n Application fee (U.S. residents, $40; non-residents, $70)
n Official transcripts from all academic institutions you have previously attended
n Standardized test scores issued by the Educational Testing Service
n The GRE or GMAT is acceptable. This requirement can be waived for some students. See below.
n Three letters of recommendation
n A personal statement of academic intent
n A professional resume
If you need help or have questions about the admissions process, contact the Office of Graduate Business Services at
n Submit to UT Arlington Graduate School n Submit to M.S. HCAD Program
the aDmission reqUirements For the m.s. hcaD Program
• A bachelor’s degree or four-year equivalent. Any major is acceptable.
• A GPA of at least 3.0 in your last sixty hours of undergraduate work, as calculated by the UT Arlington Graduate
• A satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT. Standardized test requirements can be waived for individuals who have
already earned a master’s degree, students with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and five or more years of progressive health care
work experience, or UT Arlington graduates with a 3.2 GPA or higher. See the HCAD website for details.
• If you are an international student, you must also have a satisfactory score on the TOEFL. Admissions decisions are based
on everything that is submitted with your application, including undergraduate GPA, test scores, and recommendation
M.S. HCAD Program Director
Office of Graduate Business Services
Master of Science in Health Care Adminstration
The University of Texas at Arlington
College of Business
701 S. West Street
Arlington, TX 76019-0377