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Career Outlook: M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration

The Growing Demand for Skilled Leaders

Healthcare has surpassed both retail and manufacturing as the largest employer in the United States workforce1 and by 2025 a quarter of the American workforce will be over 55 and in need of effective healthcare administered by skilled leaders.2 If you have a passion for helping others, it's a great time to build your leadership skills with an online M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration.

Transform your career and start the path toward management or administrator positions3 where you'll be ready to enact real change for the well-being of your community.

Health and Human Services Jobs and Income

The field of health and human services offers a variety of job opportunities in diverse settings like hospitals, clinics, state and federal government agencies, human service agencies, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes.

Health Facility Administrator
State licensure may be required​
Hospitals, health systems, and in-patient care facilities all require a skilled professional keeping an eye on the details behind top-quality care. Managing staff, organizational policies, and other resources while contributing to patient satisfaction can be both rewarding and lucrative.

Median income: $82,3414

Nursing Home Administrator
State licensure typically required​
Consider specializing in the administration of a nursing home and put your skills to use serving the elderly. Hire and direct staff, assist in defining and maintaining care plans for various residents, and advocate for a vulnerable population. To ensure you qualify for these positions, verify requirements with your state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators Board (NAB).

Median income: $85,8675

Medical and Health Services Managers

Whether you're running an entire healthcare facility, or managing a specialized team within a hospital, you'll be invaluable for your ability to navigate shifting regulations and advancing technology. Keep your team on the cutting edge of health services and provide your patients with the best possible care.

Median income: $98,3506

Hospice Administrator

Bring your compassion to hospice care and help terminally ill patients live their final days in comfort. Oversee a team of palliative caregivers who can reduce pain and provide customized care for each patient. As you help provide an invaluable service, you'll become part of a community of caregivers and family members.

Median income: $80,9297

Social and Community Service Managers

Public services provide vital support for communities everywhere—from at-risk students to the elderly. Work with community members to define which services are most in-demand and recruit staff who can drive success. Develop relationships with funders to make your organization's impact sustainable and see the long-term results on your community's quality of life.

Median income: $64,1008

Thrive Anywhere

Here are some of the places where graduates of our online health and human services administration program are leading and thriving:

  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Hospice organizations
  • Group homes
  • Adult day care agencies
  • Behavioral health institutions
  • Single and multi-centered hospitals
  • Hospitals, clinics, and long-term care centers
  • Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Governmental health and human services agencies
  • Nonprofit agencies and clinics


Program Accreditation and State Licensure

Minnesota: The M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) as meeting education requirements for Nursing Home Administrator licensure in the State of Minnesota.  The program is designed to prepare students to take the Minnesota Nursing Home Administrators licensing exam. Students who wish to pursue licensure as a Nursing Home Administrator in Minnesota must complete the appropriate program pathway, meet the state’s practicum requirements, and pass state and national exams.

Other States: This program is not intended or designed to meet educational requirements for any professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota.  Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota does not offer practicum credits for out-of-state students to complete hours for long term care or health facility licensure. It is always the responsibility of individual students to verify requirements with their state licensing board and with the National Association of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators Board (NAB)