Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a deadline for admission?
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed and decisioned as they are received. Students may apply to begin the program in either fall or spring, or request to enroll during one of the summer sessions. While course offerings are flexible each year, it is recommended that prospective students apply with adequate time to register. The admissions committee prefers that students apply at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes.
- Can I transfer credits from a previous graduate program? How many?
- With MHA program director or faculty advisor approval, students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of equivalent graduate courses from an accredited higher education institution. Course work must have been completed within the last five years with minimum grades of B. Students with extensive clinical or administrative health services experience may request and be granted individualized adjustments to the program requirements upon the recommendation of the program director.
- How long does the program take to complete?
- The MHA program is 48 semester hours. To be considered full-time, students register for 9 semester hours in the fall and spring semesters, though many students complete the program part-time. Hofstra's MHA program generally offers courses during the fall, spring, and summer sessions as well as periodically during the January session. Advisors work with students to structure their plan of study. Full-time students may complete the program in approximately 2 years (e.g., 12 semester hours per fall and spring semester for two years; or 9 semester hours per fall and spring semester and 6 semester hours across the summer sessions for two years), while part-time students usually complete the program in 2.5-3 years.
- When are classes offered?
- The MHA program generally offers classes on Monday-Thursday at 4:30, 6:30, or 8:30pm. Classes are also offered on Saturday mornings. Courses are offered throughout the calendar year, including fall, spring, and summer sessions, and in some cases during January intersession.
- Can I take a course before I apply?
- For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission by email or 516-463-4723.
- How are students connected with internship sites?
- Students are responsible for locating their own internship sites. MHA faculty assist students in their internship site search.
- What if I don’t have any administrative experience in healthcare?
- The program encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply, as no particular bachelor’s degree is required. As mentioned previously, all students have the opportunity to benefit from experiential learning through an internship placement to bolster knowledge and marketability. Students are also encouraged to connect with mentors in the field and in course instructors who facilitate networking opportunities as well. Lastly, programs for professional development are frequently arranged by the Future Health Care Leaders organization and across Hofstra’s community.
- Are scholarships available? How do I apply?
All graduate applications are reviewed for merit-based scholarships by the MHA program director and are distributed on a competitive basis to eligible applicants. No additional materials are needed outside of the MHA application in order to be considered.
Continuing students may apply for additional scholarships and are alerted when this opportunity arises during the semester.
In addition, employees of hospital systems are eligible for an additional Hofstra hospital system scholarship. For more information, please contact Nicolle Tumminelli, MSED, Assistant Dean.
Applicants are encouraged to speak with representatives in the Office of Student Financial Services (516-463-8000) to inquire about need-based aid and other resources to finance their degree. Matriculated students may also apply for a variety of campus jobs, which are continually updated on Hofstra's website.
- What is the average class size?
- The goal of the MHA program is for all classes to not exceed 22 students. There are some cases when class sizes may be slightly larger with a maximum of 30 students.
- What factors do you consider/what qualities do you look for in applications?
- All applications are reviewed holistically to measure potential for success in the classroom and in the field of health care. There is no particular background required to apply for the MHA, though the admissions committee is sure to look for those whose professional goals connect well with the curriculum and competencies for graduation. Applicants are encouraged to describe their commitment to the field of health within their statement of purpose and to expand on their goals and objectives for the future.