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Health Systems Administration FAQ

Do all prerequisites have to be taken before I can enroll in the Health Systems Administration program?

All prerequisites/admission requirements must be taken before you can be enrolled in the program. Prerequisite courses are located under the Admissions tab.

Can I receive financial aid while enrolled in the program? Are scholarships and/or financial aid available?

Financial aid is available for all eligible applicants. For information regarding financial aid and scholarships, contact Student Financial Services. Out-of-state students will not be charged the out-of-state tuition rates. Out-of-state students in the online program will be charge the in-state resident fee.   

Is there a minimum amount of hours required per semester?

The Health Systems Administration program is designed for, but not limited to, part-time, non-traditional students. Therefore, there is not a minimum amount of hours required per semester in the Bachelors program; however, students should develop a plan of study with their advisor at the start of the degree program. Students are expected to maintain continuous enrollment each semester after admission.

In the Masters program, students will take 6 hours per semester.  

I am not that familiar with computers. Is there training available to orientate me on how to navigate the online program?

We do provide online instructions to applicants who are not familiar with the Canvas instruction delivery software. We also enroll all students in a class we call "Student Success Tool Manual" that has tips that will assist you in your role as an online student. Faculty and staff will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have on how to navigate Canvas or other educational software programs.

What is the required minimum GPA for admission?

To be eligible for admission to the program, Bachelor Program applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

To be eligible for admission to the program, Master Program applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0.

May I complete this program while living outside of Mississippi?

Students may complete this program while living outside of Mississippi. Out-of-state online students may take advantage of the in-state tuition rate that is allowed for out-of-state students. 

Students in the Masters program will need to make 1-2 trips to the Jackson campus during their enrollment in the program during the capstone project.  Students in the Bachelors program do not have an on campus requirement.  

Do I need to have a previous degree or background in a health-related field to apply?

No, applicants do not need to have a background in a health related field to apply. Applicants without a clinical or health-related background will be considered for admission to the Health Care Operation Track (20 courses) within the Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Administration Program.  

Is an interview required for admission?

Based on predetermined criteria, select applicants will be invited for a face-to-face or phone admission interview for the program.

How are courses offered. face-to-face or online?

All courses are offered in an asynchronous online design.

How will I know if I qualify for the Health Care Operation track program (Track II) or the Health Care Practitioner track program (Track I) in the Bachelors program?

The admission committee will review application and will notify the applicant of the appropriate track.    

Will I need to fulfill any immunization requirements after I am admitted and before I am able to start school?

Students admitted to the Bachelors program are not required to complete any immunization requirements for admission as they will not be on campus. 

Students admitted to the Masters program will be required to complete immunization requirements as they do attend an on campus session regarding the capstone presentations.