Health Administration Program

FAQ

Why earn an MS Health Administration?
Health care is one of the fastest growing industries and a master's degree is the standard credential for most positions. If you are seeking a career in management then consider getting your degree in Health Administration. The problems facing health care are many and complex. By obtaining this degree, you will have the expertise and understanding to handle and hopefully solve these problems. Jobs for heath care administrators are anticipated to grow at a rate of 18-26% from 2004-2014 (BLS). These jobs are challenging, well-paying positions, so you should expect tough competition.

Excellent Earning Potential — Students pursuing healthcare management careers have excellent earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers earned an average annual salary of $81,160 in 2006. Senior healthcare executives with more experience and achievements can earn $200,000 or significantly more.

Can I take online courses?
The online sections are reserved for the students who are enrolled into a fully online program. Students may request to be enrolled for an online section if there is a schedule conflict and there is a seat available for the requested section. The request should be addressed to the main campus program director for initial approval; that request is then submitted to the online program director for final approval. If a student is approved for an online course in the online program they are required to take the new student online student orientation. Additionally, the student would need to have above a 3.0 grade point average.

What are the courses like?
The M.S. in Health Administration includes five core courses, five administrative courses (4 required, 1 elective), one health services elective component, and an integrative capstone course. Program assessment takes a variety of forms—case study preparation, tests, oral presentations, syntheses, field learning performance, etc. Courses are offered in diverse formats as we pride ourselves in the various course scheduling including: one (1) night per week, weekend, hybrid and some online offerings to provide as much flexibility as possible for our students. The M.S. program courses are also offered at Albert Einstein Health Network (for Albert Einstein employees only). See the Graduate Programs at Other Locations under General Information for contact persons.

How long will it take to complete the program?
All courses will be scheduled after 4:30 p.m. to accommodate part-time students who are employed during the day. Most courses will be offered in the fall, spring and summer. Thus, students can accomplish their continuing education goals according to their own time schedule, whether accelerating or taking a more deliberate approach toward attaining a degree. The flexibility of this program accommodates everyone.

Is financial assistance available?
Students applying for financial aid administered by Saint Joseph’s University must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to be eligible for federal financial assistance, the applicant must be enrolled on a half-time basis (at least 6 credits per semester) and be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status. Information on Federal Direct Stafford Loans is available through through Hawk Central. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Records and Financial Services web site for current information pertaining to applying for aid.

 

Are graduate assistantships available?
We do offer assistantships; however, the availability varies from semester to semester. Applications are accepted year round but not reviewed until a there is a vacancy. The Assistantship includes tuition for 9 credit hours in spring and fall and a $6,000 annual stipend. There is no available funding for the summer, unless on special projects with department faculty.  Application for assistantships can be obtained from the department administrative assistant, Denise Fenlon, who is located in 110 Post Hall.  She can be reached at 610-660-2951 or by email at fenlon@sju.edu.