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  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year

Program Overview

Our complex healthcare system needs administrative experts to help organizations meet high standards for patient care quality and service delivery.

Become a leader in healthcare

The program provides learners with the skills necessary to meet future challenges and complexities of the health and human services fields. This certificate provides key education in the areas of financial management, service delivery systems, ethics, policy and regulatory systems, and leadership and management for health and human services administrators.

Our expert faculty are professionals who bring relevant field experience to the online classroom. As you complete your online graduate certificate in healthcare administration, you will develop the strategic planning, budgeting, management, and leadership skills you need to succeed.

Sometimes the first step is the hardest. The healthcare administration certificate is that first step and a pathway to more. For those considering a masters degree, this certificate can be applied to the following programs at Saint Marys:

Program outcomes

  1. Analyze and interpret financial information in a healthcare or human services setting.
  2. Evaluate the fundamentals of current healthcare and human services delivery systems.
  3. Assess current health and human services policy, ethics, and regulatory systems.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of strategic planning and organizational leadership within the health and human services sector.

Course Information

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel).
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards). Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( will also be accepted.
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following: brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program; and description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability.
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)
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Summer Semester
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Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $665

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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