Entrance Requirements

Individuals who have bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program. Regular admission will be based on an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale. Applicants must submit transcripts to the Valdosta State University Graduate School for review prior to final admission.

Candidates who are not currently VSU students must apply to VSU and to the MBA program as certificate program students. Students who enroll as majors in programs other than the MBA/HCAD at VSU must apply to the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program through the Graduate School. Students enrolled in the MBA/HCAD program are not eligible for the certificate.

Certificate courses may be applied toward the MBA/HCAD degree. Applicants must meet all MBA program and Graduate School admissions requirements before acceptance into a degree program. Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration with a 3.5 GPA or higher will not be required to take the GMAT or GRE exams for admission into the MBA/HCAD program.

Completion of Certificate Requirements

Candidates for the graduate certificate administered by the MBA program must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the certification courses. Students who have previously taken one of the four certificate courses at another university will take an additional MBA course selected by the MBA committee.

Course Requirements

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration

MBA 7800Introduction to Healthcare Systems and Policies3
MBA 7810Healthcare Economics3
MBA 7840Legal Aspects of Healthcare3
MBA 7850Healthcare Information Systems (MBA 7800 prerequisite)3
Total Hours12