The BS in Health Administration prepares students to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals; clinics; community health, home care, long-term care, and managed care organizations; physician practices; information technology, medical technology and supply organizations; advocacy organizations and professional associations; the insurance industry; and consulting firms.

The program may be completed on a full- or part-time basis leading to completion of the objectives of the undergraduate BS program. 

Concentrations are offered in health systems management, assisted living/senior housing administration, and health informatics.

Health Systems Management Concentration

The concentration in health systems management prepares graduates to serve in entry-level management, administrative and support positions in a variety of health-related organizations and settings.

Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration Concentration

The concentration in assisted living/senior housing administration prepares graduates to serve in entry-level administrative and support positions within independent living, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities.

Health Informatics Concentration

The concentration in health informatics prepares graduates in theory and methods for using information processing methods in healthcare organizations.

Policies

Program Requirements

  • A criminal background check is generally required of all students prior to beginning their internship.
  • Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including the Mason Core requirements. For all policies governing bachelor's degrees, see A.5.3.2 Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees.
  • Students should enroll in HAP 201 Health Professions Careers and HAP 301 Health Care Delivery in the United States during their first semester in the program.
  • HAP 498 Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) and HAP 465 Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) are to be completed during the student's final semester. The final semester is defined as the final 15 academic credits of the academic schedule.
  • Students must check with their advisor to ensure that all requirements have been met prior to graduation. 

Minimum Grade Requirements

A minimum grade of C must be obtained in all major requirements (58 - 64 credits). A minimum grade of C must also be obtained in ECON 103 in order for a student to enroll in HAP 425. In the health informatics concentration, a maximum of 6 credits of C grades in major requirements (64 credits) is permitted. Students in the health informatics concentration who earn more than 6 credits of C grades in the major requirements courses must either repeat one of the courses in which they earned a C and earn a C+ or higher or change programs or concentrations.

Banner Code: HH-BS-HADM

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including the Mason Core requirements.

Mason Core

Written Communication 1
ENGH 101Composition (Mason Core)3
ENGH 302Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 23
Oral Communication
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
or COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core)
Quantitative Reasoning
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
Information Technology
IT 104Introduction to Computing 33
Literature
Any Mason Core Literature course3
Arts
Any Mason Core Arts course3
Natural Science
Select one group from the following:8
Introductory Biology I-Survey of Biodiversity and Ecology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II-Survey of Cell and Molecular Biology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II Laboratory (Mason Core)
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology
Western Civilization/World History
HIST 100History of Western Civilization (Mason Core)3
or HIST 125 Introduction to World History (Mason Core)
Global Understanding
Any Mason Core Global Understanding course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
Total Credits38

Required Courses

HAP 201Health Professions Careers 13
HAP 202Medical Terminology3
Select one from the following:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)
Social Psychology (Mason Core)
Lifestyle Management
Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
Total Credits9

Concentration in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration (ASHA)

Major Requirements
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States 13
GCH 300Introduction to Public Health3
HAP 309Healthcare Accounting3
HAP 310Healthcare Ethics3
HAP 312Healthcare Law3
HAP 360Introduction to Health Information Systems3
HAP 392Human Resources Management in Healthcare3
HAP 395Healthcare Finance3
HAP 396Strategic Health Management and Planning3
HAP 403Assisted Living/Senior Housing Management and Philosophy3
HAP 404Senior Housing Sales and Marketing3
HAP 416Leadership and Management of Health Systems I3
HAP 417Leadership and Management of Health Systems II3
HAP 425Health Economics and Policy3
HAP 465Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) 23
HAP 489Pre-Internship Seminar (Mason Core) 33
HAP 498Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) 44
Select two from the following:6
Health Maintenance and Health Aspects of Aging
Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle
Introduction to Gerontology
Psychological Factors in Aging
Death, Dying, and Grieving
Introduction to Assistive Technology
CHHS Electives
6 credits must include 200-level or above courses from the following:6
Non-CHHS courses pre-approved for substitution by the concentration coordinator
General Electives
Electives are at the student's discretion9
Total Credits73

Concentration in Health Informatics (HINF)

A maximum of 6 credits of C grades earned in the major requirements courses (64 credits) may be applied to the health informatics concentration. Students who earn more than 6 credits of C grades must either repeat one of the courses in which they earned a C and earn a C+ or higher or change programs or concentrations.

Major Requirements
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States 13
HAP 308Public Health Informatics3
HAP 309Healthcare Accounting3
HAP 312Healthcare Law3
HAP 318Introduction to IT Methods for Healthcare3
HAP 360Introduction to Health Information Systems3
HAP 361Health Databases3
or IT 214 Database Fundamentals
HAP 430Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations3
HAP 436Electronic Health Data in Process Improvement3
HAP 440Mobile Health3
HAP 445Introduction to Health Services Research3
HAP 459Health Data Standards and Interoperability3
HAP 460Information Technology Project Management3
HAP 461Internet and Web Technology Applications for Healthcare3
HAP 462Privacy and Security in Health Informatics3
HAP 464Electronic Health Record Configuration and Data Analysis3
HAP 465Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) 23
HAP 467Advanced Information Technology Project Management3
HAP 489Pre-Internship Seminar (Mason Core) 33
HAP 498Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) 44
Select one from the following:3
Healthcare Finance
Health Economics and Policy
Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy
General Electives
Electives must be approved by student's advisor9
Total Credits73

Concentration in Health Systems Management (HSMG)

Major Requirements
GCH 300Introduction to Public Health3
HAP 301Health Care Delivery in the United States 13
HAP 309Healthcare Accounting3
HAP 310Healthcare Ethics3
HAP 312Healthcare Law3
HAP 360Introduction to Health Information Systems3
HAP 392Human Resources Management in Healthcare3
HAP 395Healthcare Finance3
HAP 396Strategic Health Management and Planning3
HAP 410Introduction to Health/Medical Practice Management3
HAP 416Leadership and Management of Health Systems I3
HAP 417Leadership and Management of Health Systems II3
HAP 425Health Economics and Policy3
HAP 430Process Improvement in Healthcare Organizations3
HAP 442Introduction to Health Care Politics and Policy3
HAP 445Introduction to Health Services Research3
HAP 465Integration of Professional Skills and Issues (Mason Core) (fulfills synthesis and writing intensive requirements) 23
HAP 489Pre-Internship Seminar (Mason Core) 33
HAP 498Health Administration Internship (Mason Core) 44
CHHS Electives
6 credits must include 200-level or above courses from the following:6
Non-CHHS courses pre-approved for substitution by the concentration coordinator
General Electives
Electives are at the student’s discretion.9
Total Credits73

Bachelor of Science in Health Administration Sample Plan of Study 

Detailed four year plans can be found at https://chhs.gmu.edu/students/academic-advising/undergraduate-advising/program-planning-advising-sheets

Health Administration, BS/Health Systems Management, Accelerated MHA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Health Administration (Health System’s Management Concentration and Assisted Living/Seniors Housing Concentration) and an MHA in Health Systems Management in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 155 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see department website.

Students must submit two professional letters of recommendation and a personal statement, have a 3.25 GPA, and a 3.50 GPA in all major coursework.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 15 HAP undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MA/MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

3.25 overall GPA

3.50 GPA in major coursework

Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses may choose from the following:

Advanced Standing Courses: (substitutes for these major-specific BS degree required courses, or as a required CHHS elective)

HAP 702Managerial Accounting in Health Care 13
HAP 703Financial Management in Health Systems 23
HAP 707Human Resource Management in Healthcare 33
HAP 715Health Economics 43

Please consult the undergraduate program coordinator and graduate program director regarding further questions about course substitutions.

Reserve Credit Courses: (Graduate courses that undergraduate students can take, up to 6 credits, that will only count for the graduate degree requirements).

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies.