Executive Master's FAQs
- Why did you redesign an already top-ranked program?
- Will you admit once or twice a year in the redesigned Executive Master’s programs?
- How big is a cohort?
- What are the changes to the curriculum?
- Is the program conducted 100% online?
- Who are the Executive MHA and Executive MPH programs designed for?
- What is the program’s ranking?
- What is the admission deadline?
- Must I currently be in a managerial position in order to enroll in the program?
- What other admissions criteria must I meet besides working in the health care field or having a doctorate degree?
- What if I have a low GRE or GMAT score?
- What basic knowledge or background is required?
- What computer hardware and software knowledge and access are required?
- How long does it take to complete the program?
- How many credit hours are required for graduation?
- Must I complete a thesis?
- What can I expect when I graduate from the Executive Master’s Program?
- If I already have my MBA, is this program a duplication of efforts?
- If I already have a master’s degree, do I have to take the GRE over again?
- Is there anything I should know about the demands of this program?
- Can I transfer any graduate credit hours?
- What if I want to speak to someone directly about the program?
- Where can I find more information about the Executive Master’s programs?
We are a top-ranked program in a dynamic environment; in order to remain that way, we need to change as the health care industry changes. This does not mean constant change, but it does mean periodic concentrated self-assessment and retooling to meet new needs and demands. Our goal is for health care professionals to be able to earn a highly valued degree in less time, with minimum disruption to their full-time work.
We admit one time a year, in the fall.
We will admit between 40-50 students per cohort.
What are the changes to the curriculum?
The Gillings School of Global Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and the MHA is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME), so the foundations of the curricula did not change. These curricula are grounded in a firm base of 25 leadership, policy, management, and professional competencies that provide the framework for integrated coursework that is responsive to current and projected future demands of the health care industry. The redesign outcomes include:
- Shorter time to degree, with both the MHA and MPH designed to be completed in 24 months
- More innovative and flexible learning models; applied leadership integrative modules are introduced in order to test skills learned in each course and to optimize decision-making ability. Each course will build on the skills learned in the prior term.
- Education as a lifelong relationship between Health Policy and Management and health care professionals, not just a set of transactions between instructors and students
No, you are required to attend three on-campus residencies per year. Please refer to the calendar for exact dates.
The Executive MHA program is aimed at working, mid-career professionals seeking executive positions in health care and leads to a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). The Executive MPH program is aimed at working, midcareer professionals seeking executive positions in public health and leads to a Master of Public Health (MPH). Qualified candidates must have at least three years of prior experience in the health or human services profession.
The Executive MHA and Executive MPH programs are housed in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is consistently ranked in top 3 by U.S. News & World Report and Modern Healthcare.
Applications for admission for the fall semester are due the second Tuesday of May. For the 2016-2016 academic year, the UNC Graduate School application deadline is January 12, 2016. All MPH applicants must submit a SOPHAS application and a Graduate School application. Please see detailed instructions for MPH applications here.
No, it’s not required. However, it is strongly recommended that you either currently have management/supervisory experience OR anticipate moving into a management role.
What other admissions criteria must I meet besides working in the health care field or having a doctorate degree?You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (any field of study) and a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. You must also have GRE or GMAT scores that are less than five years old (50th percentile recommended).
We recommend that you take an in-class or online preparatory course and then retake the test. HPM has a relationship with PrepSuccess, a provider of preparatory courses, which are offered at a substantially lower cost than the major providers. For more information, visit http://www.prepsuccess.com
Enrolling students should have some basic knowledge of elementary accounting, college algebra, statistics, and microeconomics. Applicants without this background should consider enrolling in appropriate courses (including online and self-study opportunities).
Enrolling students should have access to an IBM-compatible personal computer. In addition, students are required to have high-speed Internet access. Students should also be proficient in word processing and spreadsheet functions.
No. Students must complete the Capstone Course and the approved thesis substitute–either a Business Plan or Technical Paper.
The intended outcome for those who bring more management experience is postgraduate employment in the health care industry with more, or more significant, management responsibility than that held previously. For those with more limited management experience, the intended outcome is a responsible health care management position, which for some of those who already hold full-time positions may entail a change of organization.
Probably. However, the Executive MHA and Executive MPH programs have a much greater concentration of coursework in health care, health policy, and public health.
Only if it’s been more than five years since you last took it. (The administrators of GRE and GMAT tests do not report results older than five years.)
Yes. This is a rigorous program. As a result, both you and your employer must recognize the demands of the program.
Because of the nature of the new lock-step format and lack of elective courses, transfer credits will typically not be accepted for the executive master’s programs. If you have taken a specific Gillings School of Global Public Health core course, that may qualify to transfer into the executive master of public health program, pending program director approval.
For information about admission requirements, contact Kim Sieler, Assistant Registrar, DrPH, Executive Master’s and Certificate Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 966-7364.
For details about the course work, contact Bill Gentry, Executive Programs Director, at email@example.com or (919) 966-4228.
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