The full-time On-Campus Masters of Science in Health Care Administration develops leaders who are prepared for the challenges of health care delivery, today and tomorrow. Full-time track students represent a range of interests and prior experience. All undergraduate degrees are considered including basic science, social science, nursing or other clinical degrees, business administration, public health, and more. Trinity’s graduate program in health care administration is one of the best in the nation and provides an intensive, experiential environment for graduate students, placing them in the heart of the health care industry through a year-long administrative residency.

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Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) ensures that you and your degree will be taken seriously wherever your career takes you.

CAHME Mentorship Circle Accreditation

The CAHME Mentorship Circle is an opportunity for model programs to mentor other programs who are seeking continuous quality improvement or accreditation.

Degree Format

The On-Campus Masters takes 28 months to complete and consists of two components. The first component consists of 16 months of academic coursework and requires students to attend daily classes on the Trinity Campus. Then students spend 12-months in a paid Administrative Residency with a health care organization. A list of past residency placements is available here.

28 Months


16 Months

On-Campus Academic Coursework


12 Months

 Paid Administrative Residency




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Key Features

Experiential Learning

A combination of practical and experiential learning coupled with the development of strong leadership skills helps students become confident professionals. Examples include Case Competitions, Capstone Projects, Tiger Tank, and the Residency year.

Administrative Residency

Students spend 12-months working full-time as a resident in a health care organization before graduation. This is an essential opportunity to gain hands-on administrative experience by applying conceptual knowledge to real situations.

Personal Attention

With an average cohort size of 25 students, our faculty is able to provide valuable one-on-one time with students and work diligently to support their success well into their careers.


Strong ties with classmates, a vast alumni network, and a reputation for producing exceptional health care leaders form a foundation for professional relationships and career development.

Student Experience



Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are funded by Trinity University and are based on merit. Assistantships fund a portion of the first academic school year's tuition and recipients are expected to work a fixed number of hours per week in the department. The amount of this award varies yearly.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries scholarships

The Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas established an endowed scholarship to honor John E. Hornbeak, LFACHE. This endowment provides tuition benefits to one student each year. The Hornbeak Scholar will demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and leadership potential.

Department scholarships

The Department of Health Care Administration has various scholarships it awards to new students. The amounts of these scholarships are based on available funds.

Other Scholarships

Other scholarships may be awarded to students based on merit or financial need. The availability and amount of these awards vary each year.


Trinity's culture of openness and support is at the core of our graduate experience.

This student lounge is located in the center of the faculty office suite, giving students full access to faculty well beyond classroom hours, as well as a place to bond with classmates while studying, eating lunch, or just hanging out.

HCAD has annual celebrations and regular social activities that build strong bonds between students and faculty members.

The cohort model means each class moves through the program as a unit, creating unique opportunities to learn and grow as a class.

Every student receives both a faculty adviser in the department and a distinguished senior adviser from the program’s alumni network to support their personal and professional development.

Faculty build authentic relationships by learning each student’s personal story, core values, and goals.

Personal development activities and 1:1 advising sessions challenge students to discover more about themselves and each other.


Students celebrate Dr. Shay who just received an award.