As you research your degree, there can be a lot of information to digest. To provide you with some clarity, this page offers answers to some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Master of Science in Health Administration program. For other questions, please contact us at (610) 660-3400 to speak to a program manager, who can provide you with more information customized to your specific situation, needs, and concerns.
Is a healthcare background required to apply?
Work experience in health services is preferred. For those without a strong background in healthcare, a review of health-related undergraduate courses, internships, practicum experience, volunteer work, GPA, and overall work experience will be considered.
When can I apply?
You can apply at any time! Applications for the MS in Health Administration program are reviewed throughout the year. Request information below or contact a Program Manager at (610) 660-3400 for enrollment information.
How many sessions a year do you offer?
The program offers six, eight-week sessions per year. You can start the program at any of these sessions, typically in January, March, May, June, August, and October.
What kind of educational background is required for admission?
You must have an undergraduate degree from selected regionally accredited colleges or universities with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75.
Is a thesis required in this program?
No, this program does not require a thesis, but there is a capstone course that requires a major project.
Are there concentrations?
Yes, students can choose a General, Informatics, or Organization Development and Leadership concentration. If you do not have a specific area of interest in Health Administration, the General concentration provides a comprehensive view of the field.
How many total credits are required?
That depends on your chosen concentration:
- General: 36 credit hours (12 courses)
- Informatics: 42 credit hours (14 courses)
- Organization Development and Leadership: 42 credit hours (14 courses)
How many courses do I take per academic term?
Most adult students who work full time take one course per eight-week session.
Is there a residency requirement?
No, there are no requirements to travel to the Saint Joseph’s University campus.
Will I have an advisor?
Yes! Each student has access to a variety of support. Not only will your advisor be available to assist with academics, scheduling, or course planning via telephone appointment, but you'll also have access to technical support for any issues with the online format, and the program's director for other issues.
Where can I learn more about what’s going on in the field of health administration?
For current news and insights, the Resources page offers articles about industry trends and innovation to keep you up to date.
Who teaches the courses?
Our expert faculty members have experience as nurses, accountants, healthcare executives, and other roles within the healthcare context, as well as extensive academic credentials. With their guidance, you get a solid theoretical base of knowledge combined with the perspective of real-world experience.
What’s the career outlook in health administration like?
As a graduate of the MS in Health Administration, you'll be prepared for a wide variety of opportunities. As the population continues to grow and healthcare organizations grapple with electronic health records, new technologies, and changes due to healthcare reform, the industry needs more professionals who are experts in administrative responsibilities.
For more information, see the Career Outlook page.