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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.

Note: The MAA is an Administration degree and is accredited under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission (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.

Major Requirements

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

A. Core Coursework (15 hours)

ADMN 6360
Management Concepts and Issues
Course Description

ADMN 6360 is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of management functions. Through the use of current periodical literature, lecture and discussion, the course provides examples of management decision-making techniques for dealing with problems that commonly occur in the work setting.

ADMN 6375
Strategic Planning and Policy
Course Description

ADMN 6375 Course provides a comprehensive study of theory and concepts applicable to the strategic management and decision-making process. Case studies and independent research projects provide practice in applying strategic assessment, decision making and implementation processes.

ORGD 6320
Organizational Behavior and Learning
Course Description

Emphasis is placed on the contributions of the behavioral sciences toward understanding human behavior in organizations along several dimensions. Using a participative framework, students examine individual, group, and organizational issues relevant to today’s changing workplace. Same as ORGD 7320. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ORGD 6355
Organizational Change
Course Description

This course examines planned organizational change, defined as a set of activities and processes designed to change individuals, groups, and organizational processes, systems and structures. Intended for individual contributors or managers in positions to anticipate, influence, and generate change.

PMBA 6309
Applied Human Resource Management
Course Description

PMBA 6309 is proposed as an elective course in EAP that replaces BMGT 6311.  This course covers the fundamentals of human resource management from an applied perspective in support of a 9-hour specialization in Human Resource Management.  Finally, a foundational human resource management course is a standard option for students interested in this specialization.

Context: No Prerequisite

B. Choose 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.

Applied Administration (12 hours)

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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.

12 hours of required coursework from the MAA disciplines

Communication Arts (12 hours)

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The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) in Communication Arts prepares students to serve as ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues. They will also be able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interest of those they serve.

12 hours of required courses:
COMM 6301 Communication Theory
COMM 6302 Media Ethics
COMM 6303 Principles of Writing for the Media
COMM 6304 Aesthetics of Visual Perception

Criminal Justice Leadership (12 hours)

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The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) in Criminal Justice Leadership is an interdisciplinary concentration that prepares students for leadership roles in criminal justice organizations. In addition, the concentration provides excellent preparation for current criminal justice administrators and managers within the field. It will also provide a broader foundation in knowledge of leadership skills, the understanding of human behavior, and critical decision-making abilities that are needed to be an effective leader in the field of criminal justice.

12 hours of required courses:
CRIJ 6301 The Psychology of Criminal Justice Leadership
CRIJ 6302 Managing Controversies: The Courage to Lead
CRIJ 6303 Ethical Decision Making: Understanding Biases and Public Perception
CRIJ 6304 Assessing Crime, Criminal Justice and the Community

Healthcare Administration (12 hours)

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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.

12 hours of required courses:
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

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (12 hours)

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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.

12 hours of required courses:
PSYC 6335 Personnel Psychology
PSYC 6345 Workplace Motivation
PSYC 6360 Diversity in Organizations
PSYC 6373 Assessment and Testing in the Workplace


The Industrial and Organizational Psychology concentration has been acknowledged by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for its full alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum human resources content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Student Eligibility

Students who are enrolled in their final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university that has been approved by SHRM’s Academic Initiatives staff as being aligned to SHRM’s curriculum guidelines are eligible to sit for the SHRM-CP exam. Students must also have accumulated at least 500 hours of an internship or practical HR experience and must be in good standing with their school. See a current listing of approved schools at The SPS Office of Professional Development has also been SHRM certified to offer the SHRM Essentials course and the SHRM Exam Prep course.

C. Capstone (3 hours)

Course Description

This project based course builds upon the knowledge, skills and abilities gained and developed in the core and concentration coursework and the student’s employment experiences. Actual organizational issues are analyzed, discussed and possible strategies are evaluated and defended. Student projects are based on organizational issues that are consistent with the student’s area of concentration.

Prerequisite: Final semester or permission of instructor.

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