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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

Executive Format Only Questions

How does the curriculum in the Executive MHA program differ from the residential program?
The main difference is the manner in which the curriculum is delivered and that the Executive MHA students are not required to do an internship since they are already working in healthcare.

Are any prerequisite courses required?
Yes, an undergraduate statistics course and an undergraduate microeconomics course must be completed prior to entering the program. Students must be proficient in Excel.

Why should a student choose MUSC's MHA program?

  • Qualified and dedicated faculty and staff: The faculty are excellent teachers, current in their fields and recognized for delivering a high quality education experience.
  • Ideal class size: Students get to know the faculty, classmates, and practitioners well and benefit from small group discussion and experiential learning in healthcare facilities.
  • Solid curriculum: The MHA curriculum provides a strong educational background in healthcare management through its core curriculum and encourages students to work interprofessionally with other students on campus, on case competitions, and on service learning projects.
  • Internet: Online tools are used in many courses to facilitate communication between class sessions and provide students access to up-to-date, relevant material.

What are the educational backgrounds of MHA students?
MHA students have varied backgrounds. The Department believes diversity enriches the learning experience and creates an environment in which students can challenge each other with new ideas and approaches.

What are the advantages of offering the MHA program at an academic medical center like MUSC?
Students are surrounded by health care professionals and are able to gain exposure to real world issues and situations. They frequently have occasion to work as part of interdisciplinary teams, which is similar to what students will experience in the work environment.

What is the tuition?
Please visit http://www.musc.edu/em/records/fees.html for up-to-date program costs.

Is financial aid available?
Students are eligible to apply for financial aid through the Medical University of South Carolina Office of Financial Aid. On-line financial aid information at http://www.musc.edu/financialmanagement/

How are decisions regarding a student's application made?
The MHA Faculty Admissions Committee reviews all student applications. Admissions are based on the student's grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE scores or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores, personal statement and three references. To be competitive, an applicant should have at least a 3.0 GPA, a score of 1000 on the math + verbal and 4 or higher on the analytical section of the GRE, or 500 on the GMAT, strong references and good writing and computer skills.

What is the demand for graduates of an MHA program?
U.S. News and World Report recently listed health services administration as one of the top growth professions, and Modern Healthcare featured an entire issue on the critical need for well-prepared leaders in health administration. Our graduate placement rate is very high.

What is the MUSC MHA Competency Model?
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Executive Format

How often will I need to come to campus?
Students can expect to spend approximately five days on campus their first semester and four days (Thursday through Sunday) each of the remaining semesters.

What is the difference in course load between the two and three year programs of study?
Students enrolled in the two-year option take three courses each semester and students enrolled in the three-year option take two courses per semester.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Students enrolled full-time in the Executive MHA program can complete the requirements in 6 semesters. Part time students will require 9 semesters to complete the program.

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