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Graduate Studies Catalog 2014-2015 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Administration

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Dr. Daniel J. West, Jr., Chair, Health Administration and Human Resources
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Department Faculty: Professors – Peter C. Olden, Daniel J. West, Jr.; Associate Professors – William G. Wallick; Steven J. Szydlowski, Assistant Professors –Terri Freeman Smith, Robert J. Spinelli, Kenneth J. Zula; Faculty Specialists - Rita DiLeo, Michael Costello.

Admission Requirements

The applicant for admission to Health Administration, Human Resources, or Health Informatics programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and provide the Office of Admissions with evidence of satisfactory undergraduate preparation. The ordinary standard for admission is an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a grading scale of 4.00. Students falling below this level may submit other evidence of their ability to successfully complete a graduate program, such as grades in other graduate level courses, scores from the Graduate Record Examination, and/or a record of progressively higher work responsibilities.

On Campus Program

For the HAD Program - Classes are offered from 4:30 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. and from 7:20 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Required summer courses in the MHA program may have a modified class time.  Courses are scheduled so as to enable full-time students to attend classes two or three nights a week; part-time students usually attend one or two nights a week. Each course meets one night a week in either the fall or spring semesters or more often during the intersession or summer sessions. Fieldwork experiences in Health Administration may be spread over two semesters to accumulate the required hours.

Degrees in Health Administration can be received in 30 months of full-time academic study which include 24 months of coursework and 6 months of administrative residency, although some students attend on a part-time basis and earn their degrees in 36 to 48 months and may qualify for other fieldwork options upon admission.  Generally the first courses taken in the Health Administration program are HAD 519  and HAD 501 .

Online Program

Scheduling, Teaching and Related Services

Courses will be offered in six 8 week terms each year. A new intake of students will occur six times per year (Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B, Summer A, Summer B), depending on enrollment goals.

Start and end dates for the eight-week terms will be consistent with those used by the Scranton HR Online Program and the Scranton MBA Online Program.


For the HR program – classes are offered only online during six eight-week sessions. HR 500  and HR 501  are required to be taken prior to any additional course work.

Capstone Experience

Students in all programs must prepare a comprehensive capstone project. It may combine written, oral, and experiential components and will require understanding, integration, and application of what has previously been learned throughout the curriculum. These projects are done in HAD 509  -Administrative Issue or HR 520  - Capstone: Applied HR, which are the respective capstone courses for the Health Administration and Human Resources programs.

Financial Aid

The Department has several graduate assistantships available to MHA students. Applications for assistantships are made through CGCE. Students must be accepted in one of the departmental programs by March 1 to be considered for an assistantship for the following fall semester.

Employment Opportunities

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, employment in the field of health administration is predicted to grow at a faster than average pace through the year 2015. Overall employment in the field of human resources is projected to grow by 22% between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Other Information

Applicants and students should refer to the Academic Regulations  section of the Graduate Studies Catalog for additional relevant policies.