Health Services Administration

Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate opportunities

The thriving healthcare industry provides some of the nation's best job opportunities. For instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts jobs for medical and health services managers to grow 23% between 2012 and 2022--considerably faster than the average percentage increase for most other occupations.

If you are looking to further your career in healthcare services, the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of North Texas offers the following programs:

Master of Science in Health Services Administration

Our Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration helps you pursue a career as a licensed long-term care administrator or in a leadership position in a community based health services organization. The degree includes a core set of courses that focus on the administration of care delivery programs and currently offers a choice of two concentrations:

The concentration in applied gerontology is useful for those seeking leadership positions in agencies or organizations that serve the elderly. It offers courses related to program planning and oversight, and it includes a one-semester internship in a gerontological care delivery setting to provide hands on experience.

The concentration in long term care administration is designed for those who seek licensure as long term care administrators. It offers the two-semester internship and specific courses required for those intending to sit for the Texas Long Term Care Administrator licensure examination.

Both concentrations include a capstone course and require an internship to better prepare you to plan, develop, administer and evaluate residential and community-based programs and services for older people.

Ph.D. in Health Services Research (beginning Fall 2017)

The doctoral program in Health Services Research with a concentration in applied gerontology is designed for those interested in an academic career or in helping to move policy making and practice forward through research.

After taking an 18 credit core composed of research courses, students continue with 15 credits in an applied gerontology concentration. These practical courses focus on theory, social policy, organization of service delivery, and regulatory issues. They are designed to provide the foundation necessary to make impactful change in the gerontology arena. The PhD also includes a 9 credit elective series that provides the opportunity for a more specialized focus and 9 credits of dissertation work.

Specialist in Aging Certificate

We also offer a Specialist in Aging graduate academic certificate that complements the existing knowledge and skills of health and human service professionals or can add to the academic credentials of faculty and doctoral candidates.

Advance your career

Our graduates are leaders in their communities and at the state and national levels. Alumni are employed throughout the nation in:

  • Church programs
  • Community mental health centers
  • Governmental planning and regulatory agencies
  • Home health agencies
  • Long-term care and retirement communities
  • Senior centers
  • Health care delivery organizations

Prepare for the future

Research plays a vital role in our program. Faculty members are investigating:

  • Accessibility of health care delivery systems for adults and older adults
  • Aging and disabilities resource systems
  • Consumer Health Informatics
  • Health care operations management
  • Health Care Policy
  • Health care quality improvement
  • Health information communication channels for target populations
  • Images of aging in film and literature
  • Integrating community-based and residential services for the aged
  • Long-term care policy
  • Mediation for professionals in aging
  • Physical activity and the elderly
  • Senior re-engagement and volunteerism
  • Sustainable senior communities

Gain new perspectives

Guest lecturers and adjunct faculty, including professionals from long-term care and retirement facilities, community-based programs for the elderly and government agencies, bring best practices to the classroom and enhance our curricula. The programs also have strong relationships with faculty members in other departments at the university.

UNT's library system holds one of the country's most comprehensive collections about aging. The program also selects acquisitions for the Gerontological Film and Video Collection, which includes more than 700 videotapes, films and slide sets. Items in the collection are available for rent to organizations and agencies nationally. UNT Libraries offer access to more than 6 million print and digital items along with innovative programs and support services, including seminars and workshops to help students effectively use library resources.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

M.S. AND Ph.D. programs

You must meet the admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School and apply for admission to the Master's in Health Services Administration or the Ph.D. Program in Health Services Research within the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation.

The graduate school's admission requirements are outlined on the Toulouse Graduate School website.

Find specific departmental admission requirements for the Master's and the PhD on the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation website.

Degree and certification requirements

M.S. degree

  • 36 semester hours of required course work

Ph.D. degree

  • 51 credit hours post master's degree

Specialist in Aging Certificate

  • 9 semester hours of core courses covering social, physiological and psychological aspects of aging and government programs for the elderly
  • 6 semester hours of applied gerontology electives

Financial assistance

The program and university offer many types of academic-based and need-based financial assistance. Several department-sponsored scholarships are awarded each year to full-time graduate students based on merit and potential for achievement. Research assistantships associated with faculty projects are often available.

Out-of-state and international students who attend full time and receive scholarships may be eligible to pay in-state tuition.

Visit the Toulouse Graduate School website and the inancial Aid website for more information on financial assistance.