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MBA-MHA Dual Degree Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a dual master’s degree?
A dual degree program combines two programs into one where the learning outcomes meet industry and employer needs that are in demand. The MBA-MHA dual degree combines the broad-based business expertise of an MBA with the healthcare-specific knowledge of the Master of Health Administration. With skills in both areas, you will have an advantage in the job market over candidates with only one degree. In addition, you can complete the dual degree program in less time and with fewer credits than earning both separately.

Do I need a business experience to be admitted to the program?
Yes, at least three years of managerial or professional work experience are required.

How long does it take to complete the program?
You can complete the program in two and a half years as a full-time student.

How many credits do I save by doing the dual degree program?
You save 13 to 18 credits compared to earning both degrees separately.

What is the administrative residency?
The residency is a fieldwork requirement that you can complete locally. This requirement consists of 3 to 8 credits depending on your prior work experience; the number will be determined when you are admitted to the program.

Can I do an MBA specialization?
The dual degree program does not include specializations.

What are the MBA Foundation Modules and do I have to take them?
The MBA Foundation Modules are one-credit courses designed to give you the background knowledge you need to succeed in the program if you do not have a degree or experience in business. Talk to a Program Manager about your specific background to find out if you will need to take any modules.

What are the admission requirements of the program?
To be considered for admission, applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited American college or university, or the equivalent from an international college or university.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • Minimum of three years of professional work or managerial experience (to be verified by a senior executive via affidavit)
  • International students: TOEFL exam- Score of 550 (paper) or 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) 
  • Three letters of reference, at least one of which has to be from a senior executive (other than the one verifying the three years of experience)

Can I leave the program if I need to take a break and come back?
Yes, but you must complete the program within six years of the date on which you were admitted.

If after I’m part of the way through the program and I decide I only want to pursue just the MBA or just the MHA, can I do that?
Yes, you will need to submit a program change request.

What about if I’m in the MBA or the MHA program and I want to do the dual degree?
If you have completed 75 percent or more of your MBA or MHA, you will not be able to do the dual degree program. Talk to your academic advisor about your specific situation.

Can someone who already has an MBA or MHA from The University of Scranton get the dual degree?
Not at this time. Please contact a Program Manager at 866-373-9547 for alternative options.

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