B.S./M.P.A. in Health Care Administration

The Department of Health Care and Public Administration offers an accelerated degree program that enables qualified students to complete requirements for both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration in Health Care Administration in an accelerated time frame. This 150-credit program allows the student to obtain both degrees in five years.

Successful completion of undergraduate and graduate work will qualify you for a career in the organization and management of health services. Graduates are employed as supervisors and managers in hospitals, health care agencies, nursing homes, group medical practices, regulatory agencies, county health departments, ambulatory services and insurance companies.

The program is multidisciplinary and explores the sociological, political and economic issues of health care and public administration.

Undergraduate courses include the "American Health System," "Legal Aspects of Health and Public Administration" and "American National Government." Graduate classes focus on "Statistics for the Administrator," "Medical Ethics," and "Foundations of Budgeting and Finance in Health Administration."

Students participate in internships at health service organizations, such as hospitals, nursing homes and government agencies. The internship is an extremely valuable means to acquire administrative experience and to establish connections in the job market.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.


  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students: Completion of 60-64 credits with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. If a student does not possess the necessary 3.0 average, the admission committee may employ other criteria to ensure qualification; e.g., S.A.T. scores, letters of recommendation, samples of prior work, etc.
  • The five-year program will reflect the standard B.S. in Health Care Administration Plan of Study for the first three years, with the appropriate changes in the last two years of study. Consult with the academic advisor to complete an appropriate Plan of Study.
  • Undergraduate financial assistance does not apply to the graduate portion of this program.

Check out the LIU Post Graduate Bulletin to learn about admissions, degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.


School of Health Professions and Nursing
Dr. Lori Knapp, Dean
Roth Hall, Room 300