Administration, M.S.A.

Healthcare Administration

The M.S.A. specializing in Healthcare Administration is an interdisciplinary degree offered entirely online and designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public, nonprofit and private organizations in the field of health care administration.

The inclusion of public administration faculty along with the existing health education faculty in the M.S.A. online program facilitates a movement toward the regional and global presentation of a program focused upon preparation of students for administrative management positions within public and private health care agencies, clinics, and hospitals. It offers working professionals the opportunity to enhance administrative skills to manage healthcare personnel, programs, organizations.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE , MAT, or GMAT
• Submission of three recommendation forms (PDF) 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Undergraduate senior year/major GPA 
• Submission of letter of intent


Department Contact

Dr. Debra Vinci 
Healthcare Administration, M.S.A. 

Phone: (850) 474-2592

Catalog Description
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Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.

Student Perspective

“UWF has developed an exceptional online Masters in Healthcare Administration program which caters to the busy lifestyles of those of us with families and careers. The ability to go to school on ‘my schedule’ allows me the freedom of learning when I set aside the time.” — Georgina Glenn, current student, M.S.A. Healthcare Administration

Faculty Perspective

“Many of our students are professionals employed in healthcare settings. They find that our MSA Healthcare Administration specialization core- and major-related courses provide them with a strong healthcare business administration foundation needed to advance in the field. Program electives offer students the ability to concentrate on administrative issues within healthcare from population-focused health care to medical informatics.” — Dr. Debra M. Vinci, Exercise Science and Community Health Associate Chair