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 about this degree program. For other questions, please contact us at (866) 758-7670 to speak to a Program Manager, who can provide you with more information customized to your specific situation, needs, and concerns.
Is a health care 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?
Applications for the MS in Health Administration program are reviewed throughout the year. Request information below or contact a program manager at (866) 758-7670 for enrollment information.
How many sessions a year do you offer?
The program offers six sessions per year. Each session is eight weeks in duration. 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. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 is required.
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 Organizational 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?
The program with the General concentration requires 36 credit hours (12 courses). The Informatics concentration and Organizational Development and Leadership concentration each require 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 can set up a telephone appointment to speak with an advisor whenever assistance is needed with academics, scheduling, or course planning. Saint Joseph’s also offers technical support for any issues with the online format. The program’s director is also available for consultation.
Where can I learn more about what’s going on in the field of health administration?
The Resources page offers articles about industry trends and innovation to keep you up to date.
Who teaches the courses?
Faculty members teaching in the MS in Health Administration program have experience as nurses, accountants, health care executives and other roles within the health care context, as well as extensive academic credentials. This ensures that 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?
It is robust. As the healthcare 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.