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    Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Administration and Education, M.S. (38-40 hrs)

Location(s): 100% Online

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Health Administration and Education program is a 38-hour program with a focus on administration and leadership in the healthcare setting, as well as education for healthcare professionals. Graduates will be prepared to apply both administrative and business theories in leadership roles in the healthcare industry. They will also be prepared to apply educational theories and concepts to the classroom setting. The goal of this program is to prepare professionals for administrative and educator roles that facilitate quality patient care in the increasingly complex healthcare industry.

Graduate Outcomes

The graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge gained from bio-psychosocial fields, community and cultural health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of health education and administration in diverse settings.
  • Incorporate leadership, collaborative, and organizational skills into practice in order to emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and a system-perspective.
  • Integrate the principles of quality improvement and evaluation into the health administrator or educator role.
  • Utilize evidence-based practice, research findings, and collaborative skills to effect accountable change in health administration, education, and policy.
  • Analyze practice, legal, and ethical considerations of current and emerging healthcare technologies utilized in patient care and health administration and education.
  • Integrate patient-centered and culturally competent concepts of planning, delivering, and evaluating community healthcare at the local, regional, and global levels into health education and administration practices.

Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted as a regular student, the applicant must:

  • Submit a completed application to William Carey University for the graduate school.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Submit a statement of professional goals.
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit the completed and notarized criminal background check affidavit.
  • Hold a health-related baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from a nationally accredited school;
  • If professionally licensed, registered, or certified in a healthcare field, the student must hold a current unencumbered license, registry, or certification with no pending legal or state board action.
  • Have an overall undergraduate GPA > 3.0 or a GPA > 2.5 on the last 30 undergraduate hours.
  • Be eligible to re-enter any previously attended college or university in good standing.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy involving proficiency in word processing, email correspondence, and the Internet.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students are allowed to transfer up to nine hours of graduate work from another college or university to be applied to the MS-HAE degree. The individual student is responsible for asking for possible transfer credit and providing the appropriate documents including course catalog description and syllabus, for review by the program director. Baccalaureate-level credit cannot be accepted for master’s level courses. Transfer credit cannot be received for HAE 6110 HAE 6120 , and HAE 6130 .

Health Status Requirements

All students entering HAE courses are required to have on file a completed College of Health Sciences History and Physical form and official documentation of having received the immunizations, vaccinations, and/or test results of the items listed below. Failure to provide the required documentation will prevent the student from continuing in the program and/or in the practicum portion of a course(s), which will result in failure of the course(s). Students are responsible for the cost of meeting the health status requirements.

  • Hepatitis B immunization series OR a positive titer
  • Two Varicella immunizations OR a positive titer
  • Tdap immunization
  • MMR immunization
  • Two-step TB test OR QuantiFERON Gold OR two consecutive negative annual tests OR a clear chest X-ray (if results are positive)
  • Evidence of current (annual) Influenza vaccination
  • COVID-19 vaccination OR submission of a medical/religious waiver request (if approved, student must provide fit testing documentation)
  • Negative 10-Panel drug screen; and
  • Any other healthcare facility requirements

CPR Certification Requirement

All students must complete (re)certification of CPR for the Healthcare Providers by the American Heart Association. This will be done at an institution of the student’s choice. Students are responsible for submitting evidence of current certification; failure to do so will result in the inability to attend the practicum portion of a course and failure of the course.

Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in HAE courses must have clearance of criminal background checks performed within the last two years by the MS State Department of Health or equivalent agency if licensure is in a state other than Mississippi prior to participating in HAE courses. This is a mandatory requirement as part of the Mississippi state law, Section 43-13-11 of Mississippi Code of 1972.

After initial enrollment, any subsequent disciplinary action, arrest, charge, addiction, or impairment shall also be reported immediately to the program head. Failure to report any and all subsequent disciplinary actions, arrests, or impairment will constitute falsification of records and may result in expulsion from the program.

Drug Testing

All students will be required to have drug screens prior to practicum courses or provide proof of a clear drug screen within the last year. Random drug screening can be performed at the discretion of the College of Health Sciences. Refusal by a student to submit to testing will result in denial of admission for new students and immediate dismissal from the program for continuing students.

Any student who tests positive for illegal drugs must withdraw from practicum courses. The student may apply for readmission after a six-month waiting period. Readmission will be based upon the student’s overall academic standing and admission criteria as any new student making application. Students are responsible for the costs associated with criminal background checks and drug screenings.

Technology Requirements

Technology is an essential and integral aspect of online courses. The student must have access to a computer and stable connection to the internet on a regular basis. A high-speed internet connection, such as a cable modem or DSL line, is preferred. The student will need access to Word, PowerPoint, and an Excel software program, for example: Microsoft Office 365. Students will also need access to audio through speakers and the capability to record through a microphone for selected web-enhanced assignments. The Office of Information Technology provides useful technology information at

Program Progression and Graduation Requirements

Program Progression Requirements

Successful progression through the program requires the following:

  • Demonstrate competency in scholarly writing by submission of GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or better within the last five years or passing HAE 6000 Scholarly Writing for Healthcare Professionals  with a grade of ‘B’ or better prior to taking courses within the program.
  • Complete all assignments with a passing grade. Only two grades lower than a ‘B’ are allowed. A grade of ‘F’ must be repeated for a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Upon receiving a second grade lower than a ‘B’, the student is advised to repeat one of the first two grades before continuing in the program. Students making a third grade lower than ‘B’ are dismissed from the program.
  • See Academic Regulations  in this catalog for additional information regarding grade requirements.
  • Student grades will be reviewed at the end of each term by the program director and other WCU HAE administration to determine status in achieving the GPA necessary to progress and graduate.

Graduation Requirements

These general requirements apply to all candidates for the Master of Health Administration and Education degree:

  • Each student must have acquired regular graduate admission status.
  • All required courses must be completed with a GPA > 3.0.
  • A student must complete all required coursework within a period of six years after enrolling in graduate courses.
  • Students must submit a degree application to the Registrar’s office and follow the required guidelines from the Registrar’s office and the HAE department regarding completion of the degree application.