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Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Stacia Vogel

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Health and Human Services Administration master’s degree program expands to meet demands

With healthcare as the fastest-growing U.S. employment sector and demand at an all-time high for qualified health and human services leaders, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMU) is expanding its popular Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration – Human Services specialization degree.

The specialization is now aligned with the requirements for obtaining state licensure in Minnesota for nursing home administration. Also, this specialized program will be available entirely online starting in January 2014. Saint Mary’s already offers its MA in HHSA with Human Services specialization in traditional classroom and blended options in Minneapolis and Rochester, Minn. The new, fully online program will give individuals anywhere in the world the opportunity to receive advanced leadership and management training for various careers in the healthcare and human services industry.

“The Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration is built on a foundation of leadership for a rapidly changing industry,” said Merri Moody, Dean of the Graduate School of Health and Human Services at Saint Mary’s University and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis. “Our students will develop strong administrative skills rooted in practical and theoretical competence to lead wonderfully diverse teams to success. Our graduates will have the resource management skills to help build and maintain an organization that is sound and sustainable. These skills can be immediately applied to extended care facilities, government, and in many other healthcare and human services settings.”

Saint Mary’s uniquely prepares students to lead and serve and this specific program prepares new and seasoned professionals for fulfilling careers in residential treatment facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, clinics and more.

Students who opt for the fully online program will engage in learning delivered via the Internet and Saint Mary’s custom iPad coursework app. The app provides online students the opportunity to complete assignments, compile research and collaborate and communicate with professors who are experts in the field and fellow students in ways never before possible with virtual education.

Applications for admission into the new online Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration program are being accepted now with online courses set to begin in January 2014. For more information or to schedule interview for the online program, call 877-308-9954 or visit onlineprograms.smumn.edu. To inquire about the program offered in Minneapolis or Rochester, contact:

Twin Cities Campus: Jacquelynn Austin, jaustin@smumn.edu, 612-238-4570
Rochester Center: Kate Connor, kconnor@smumn.edu, 507-285-1410

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