Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about The University of Scranton's online MHA program. If your question is not addressed, simply contact one of our knowledgeable representatives toll-free at 866-373-9547.
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- Who is your typical student?
- Do I have to finish my degree in 2 years?
- When can I get started?
- Are there any pre-requisites for this program?
- What are the requirements for the program?
- Are there any entrance exams required for your program?
- What accreditation does your program have?
- Is the online MHA program CAHME accredited?
- What is CAHME accreditation and why is it important?
- What is the duration of the program?
- What are the Health Informatics and Global Health specializations?
- Do I have to decide on a specialization before I begin the MHA program?
- How many credits are required with a specialization?
- Can I earn a certificate in Health Informatics?
- Can I earn a certificate in Global Health?
- Are there any campus visits/residencies/internships required?
- I’m interested in learning more applying for the online program. What do I do first?
- Is there a difference of the quality of education between the online program and the on campus program?
- Will my degree state that I have completed the program online?
- What does the support look like for the online program?
- Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration to gain admission to The University of Scranton’s Online MHA program?
- How many credits are required to complete the Online MHA?
- Does the online MHA require a residency?
Who is your typical student?
While we do not have a specific “type” of student, the majority of our students have several years of work experience. We have students from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds. We celebrate diversity because we find that it adds to the overall quality of discussions within our online classroom environment.
Do I have to finish my degree in 2 years?
No. Once a student has started the program, they have up to 6 years to complete the program. We understand that sometimes things in life can come up. While we do suggest that our students complete their degree without taking any breaks, we do allow our students to take some time off.
When can I get started?
Now. We have 6 start dates throughout the year. A Program Manager can help you apply for a start date that works best for you by calling 866-373-9547.
Are there any pre-requisites for this program?
The University of Scranton does not require any pre-requisites for the online Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) program.
What are the requirements for the program?
Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or the equivalent from an international college or university. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience and are required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). International students must also supply Proof of English proficiency by submitting TOEFL, STEP or IELTS scores and a course-by-course evaluation of foreign transcripts from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
Are there any entrance exams required for your program?
The University of Scranton does not require any entrance exams as three years of management experience is required for acceptance.
What accreditation does your program have?
The University of Scranton is regionally accredited – a nationally recognized credential and the highest level of accreditation a traditional college or university can obtain - by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Middle States is one of six regional accreditors within the United States.
Is the online MHA program CAHME accredited?
The University of Scranton is one of the first fully online MHA programs to receive CAHME accreditation. The rigorous online curriculum mirrors the coursework taught in the on-campus MHA program, which is also CAHME accredited.
What is CAHME accreditation and why is it important?
The Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) is an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical, and commercial organizations. CAHME promotes, evaluates, and improves the quality of graduate healthcare management education in the United States and Canada.
CAHME Accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers alike. Students entering CAHME accredited programs are assured of appropriate content, high standards of quality, and membership in a network of professional colleagues that transcends universities and professional associations.
As a CAHME accredited institute the vast majority of your coursework can be completed according to your own schedule and some courses do require synchronous elements in order to remain aligned with CAHME accreditation requirements
What is the duration of the program?
The online MHA program is designed to be completed in 30 months (two and a half years); however, students have 6 years to complete the program.
What are the Health Informatics and Global Health specializations?
The University of Scranton offers two specializations in the Master of Health Administration program to better prepare you for the ever-changing healthcare industry.
In our Health Informatics specialization, you'll use data to improve healthcare decisions and learn the importance of informatics in driving innovation in healthcare.
In our Global Health specialization, you'll learn about and experience public health, health management, and social justice issues outside of North America. This specialization also includes travel with faculty and other students for two 10-day study abroad trips to places like Europe and South America.
Do I have to decide on a specialization before I begin the MHA program?
No. You can declare your specialization after starting your MHA program.
How many credits are required with a specialization?
There are 53 credits required to complete the MHA with a specialization in Health Informatics or Global Health, including 150 hours of fieldwork and two study abroad trips for the Global Health specialization.
Can I earn a certificate in Health Informatics?
Yes. The online Health Informatics Certificate is available through The University of Scranton outside of the MHA program. Our Health Informatics specialization is designed to help enhance the MHA degree, so healthcare professionals can make data-driven decisions.
Can I earn a certificate in Global Health?
No. Our Global Health specialization is designed to help enhance the MHA degree, so healthcare professionals can learn about the issues affecting healthcare outside of North America and make even better decisions when it comes to global health.
Are there any campus visits/residencies/internships required?
The University of Scranton does not require any residencies or on-campus visits for the completion of the online Master’s in Health Administration. All of your coursework is 100% online and you will have 150 hours of a fieldwork component.
I’m interested in learning more applying for the online program. What do I do first?
Complete a request for information form, and a Program Manager will reach out to you to schedule an interview. For immediate assistance, speak with someone by calling 866-373-9547.
Is there a difference of the quality of education between the online program and the on campus program?
No. With our online MHA, it is the same professors, same curriculum, and same degree. We do not sacrifice any quality with our online MHA. Online students are allowed to use all resources that our on campus students have.
Will my degree state that I have completed the program online?
No. There is only one type of graduate degree from The University of Scranton. Students who successfully complete the online program will receive a diploma stating that they have earned their degree from The University of Scranton. Online and campus-based students earn the same prestigious program credentials. Graduates of the online program are invited to join the University’s regular commencement ceremonies in Scranton in May, and are proudly counted among the University’s more than 45,000 alumni worldwide.
What does the support look like for the online program?
A Program Manager will be assigned to you upon requesting information to assist you with your research and your admissions file. You can also expect support from:
- 24/7/365 Technology Support.
- Professors that are experts in their fields, active in the online courses and are available to provide assistance when needed.
- A mentor that is assigned to you upon acceptance.
- A Student Services Coordinator that is assigned to you upon acceptance.
Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in healthcare administration to gain admission to The University of Scranton’s Online MHA program?
No. The University of Scranton Online MHA program is designed to accommodate healthcare administration majors as well as non-healthcare administration undergraduates.
How many credits are required to complete the Online MHA?
The online MHA curriculum is framed by The University of Scranton’s Jesuit emphasis on ethics and education for Justice and is, in principle, the same as the face-to-face MHA program offered on campus. The program requires 44 credits in addition to a three-credit internship requiring 150 hours of fieldwork experience (HAD 580 Internship in Health Administration). At its completion the program is a total of 47 credit hours.
Does the online MHA require a residency?
No. The program will not require any travel to campus for in-person sessions, but does require a three-credit internship requiring 150 hours of fieldwork experience. (HAD 580 Internship in Health Administration).