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Master of Arts in Administration

The Master of Arts in Administration program is unique among graduate programs in South Texas in that it provides participants with core competencies in administration as well as essential knowledge, skills and abilities in the specialty areas listed below. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues within their specialty areas and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

The Master of Arts in Administration concentrations.

  • Applied Administration
  • Communication Arts
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Organizational Development

The graduate degree programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools  Commission on Colleges. Course offerings are scheduled to accommodate working adults:

  • Classes are held in the eight-week accelerated format
  • Monday through Thursday evening or Saturdays
  • Continuous enrollment possible as courses are offered throughout the year
  • Students can complete the degree program in as little as 10-12 months.

Note: The MAA is an Administration degree and is accredited under the SACS accreditation guidelines for the University. It is not a business degree as defined by Association of Collegiate Business School Programs (ACBSP) accreditation criteria and therefore does not require ACBSP accreditation.

Degree Requirements

Please note: The degree requirements below start Fall 2017

The MAA program generally consists of the following 30 semester hours of graduate course work:

A. 15 semester hours of core coursework:

ADMN 6360 Management Concepts and Issues
ADMN 6375 Strategic Planning and Policy
BMGT 6311 Human Resources Management
ORGD 6320 Organizational Behavior and Learning
ORGD 6355 Organizational Change

B. 12 semester hours in the area of the student's concentration. The area of concentration can be selected from any discipline, except Business, which has a limit of 4 courses allowed in an MAA program. The graduate advisor and the Dean of the School within which the area of concentration resides must approve student concentrations.

C. A Capstone experience, which is an integrative problem-solving course, combining the functional areas of the MAA core with the areas of expertise developed in the individual concentrations.

Concentrations

Applied Administration (MAA)

The MAA in Applied Administration is designed to offer a program of study that allows students to personalize their degrees in order to gain the knowledge and skills required of their career fields. This concentration also allows students to avoid duplication of previous coursework, training or experience by permitting them to select courses from up to two of the MAA related disciplines listed below.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA program, students must complete:

A. 15 hours of MAA core coursework
B. 12 hours of coursework from the MAA disciplines
C. ORGD 63CS Capstone (3 semester hours)


Communication Arts (MAA)

The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) in Communication Arts is meant to help students gain knowledge in their chosen degree field, but also prepare them to serve as ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize, and critically analyze complex organizational issues and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interest of those they serve.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA program, students must complete:

A. 15 hours of MAA core coursework
B. 12 hours of concentration coursework to include:

COMM 6301 Communication Theory
COMM 6302 Media Ethics
COMM 6303 Principles of Writing for the Media
COMM 6304 Aesthetics of Visual Perception

C. ORGD 63CS Capstone (3 semester hours)


Industrial and Organizational Psychology (MAA)

Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the science of human behavior as it relates to the well-being of people in organizations. Graduates will apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace with the goal of improving productivity, health and the quality of work life. Additionally, they may design new ways to increase productivity, improve personnel selection or enhance job satisfaction. They are prepared for positions as human resource specialists, helping organizations with staffing, training, and employee development. They may provide employers with testing and other valid selection methods in their hiring and promotion processes. Some individuals may secure employment as management consultants in areas such as quality management, strategic planning or organizational change.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA program, students must complete:

A. 15 hours of MAA core coursework
B. 12 hours of concentration coursework to include:

PSYC 6335 Personnel Psychology
PSYC 6345 Workplace Motivation
PSYC 6360 Diversity in Organizations
PSYC 6373 Assessment and Testing in the Workplace

C. ORGD 63CS Capstone (3 semester hours)


Organizational Development (MAA)

The Organizational Development concentration of the MAA prepares students for management and analyst positions in organizations undergoing process-centered transformation as well as other positions within, or related to, the profession of Organizational Development. The concentration focus is on the functions of organizational assessment, diagnosis and intervention as well as on the functions of the training and development.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA degree program and concentration, students must complete:

A. 15 hours of core coursework

B. 12 hours of concentration coursework to include:   

ORGD 6330 Foundations of Organizational Research & Assessment
ORGD 6340 Organizational Consulting
ORGD 6351 Foundations of Organizational Development
ORGD 6352 Organizational Development Interventions and Practices

C. ORGD 63CS MAA Capstone (3 semester hours)


Healthcare Administration (MAA)

The Healthcare Administration concentration provides you with unique expertise in health services management that will prepare you to serve in a variety of healthcare organizations to include those in hospital, group practice, health insurance and other clinical and administrative settings.

To fulfill the requirements for this MAA degree program and concentration, students must complete:

A. 15 hours of core coursework

B. 12 hours of concentration coursework to include:   

HADM 6305 Healthcare Finance I
HADM 6330 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (Health Law)
HADM 6340 Quality and Continuous Improvement in Healthcare Organizations
HADM 6360 Managing Healthcare Organizations

C. ORGD 63CS MAA Capstone (3 semester hours)

Differences between Master of Arts in Administration-Healthcare Administration (MAA-HA) and Master's of Health Administration (MHA)

Program Program Summary & Accreditation Length of Commitment Tuition Features/Benefits
MAA-HA

Designed to offer a program of study that allows students to gain the knowledge and skills required of their career fields. Prepares working professionals for a position in a variety of organizations to include hospitals, insurance and administrative settings.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

10 months
(30 hours)
UIW Graduate tuition rates
  • 100% online
  • 8-week courses
  • No academic fees
  • Faculty are scholar-practitioners with real world experience
MHA

Designed for those seeking early career positions within the healthcare industry. Built upon a foundation of 24 competencies critical to the managerial success of healthcare administration professionals.

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and CAHME accredited

21 months
(45 hours)
UIW Graduate tuition rates
  • Evening in classroom
  • 8-week courses
  • Cohort-based
  • Full-time faculty
  • View MHA webpage

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