- On which campus will the hybrid courses take place?Courses for the Hybrid program have typically been held at FIU’s Biscayne Bay (BBC) campus.
- Is the GRE Exam required? No. GRE or GMAT exam scores are not required.
- Is there a writing sample required?Students must submit a written personal statement describing their professional goals, motivations, and reasons for pursuing this degree at Florida International University (minimum one page/500 words in length).
- Does the personal essay need to be cited with references?If they are citing a specific quote or fact, then yes, it should. Otherwise, the source used can be included in the references/works mentioned.
- How long should the personal statement submission be? It should be a well-written, quality, and comprehensive (1) page. The search committee looks at minimal to no grammar errors.
- I am an international student. Can I attend FIU on a student visa?
Yes. Because of how our accelerated hybrid program is structured, FIU may issue I-20 Visa.
Please refer to the Graduate School of Admissions website: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/future-students-international.shtml and contact the International Student Scholar Services at 305-919-5813 and email@example.com.
- I work in healthcare. Can the Administrative Residency be completed at my current place of employment?Students may not complete the HSA 6875 Administrative Residency where they are employed. Students may select one of the administrative residency places recognized by the program, pending the availability of positions at these sites.
The HSA-6875 Administrative Residency experience is unpaid, and students receive credit hours as part of the program requisites for the MHSA degree requirement.
- How is the Administrative Residency graded?Pass/fail assessment.
- Is there a schedule for the final semester of Administrative Residency?
A total of 240 hours will need to be completed during a semester at the placement facility. Regardless of your program track (fully online or fast-track hybrid) the residency runs the duration of a typical 16-week (Fall/Spring) semester or a typical 12-week (Summer) semester. For a 16-week semester this amounts to approximately 15 hours per week and for a 12-week semester, this amounts to about 20 hours per week.
The Clinical Education Coordinator and Academic Support Services Coordinator will review the details with the student during the fourth semester of the program.
The student may change the Administrative Residency Program selection later in the program. If this is the case, they can complete the Masters Research project instead (HSA 6977) as their culminating elective experience.
- Does the MHSA program offer Graduate Assistantships? The program currently does not offer graduate assistantships. However, it may become available in the future.
- Can the Administrative Residency be completed at an animal hospital? All residency sites must serve human subjects.
- Are there any additional costs involved for the Administrative Residency option? The Administrative Residency will be the regular cost of tuition plus the compliance screening, which is $180 (variable, depending on the compliance screening cost). Basic Life Support CPR Certification via the American Heart Association, and some additional fees for lab work if necessary. The site may also charge the student a screening fee.
- What is the graduate transfer credits policy?
Students may receive permission to transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit earned from another institution. This is based on individual assessment of the course (s) and the admissions committee recommendation.
Or up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned at FIU into another graduate program, subject to the respective program Chair/Directors approval.
Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of each program.
- Is each online graduate student assigned a Success Coach?
No. Success coaches are only available for undergraduate online students. Instead, each online graduate program has a faculty advisor or chair, the student's go-to person throughout the program. They:
- Help students with any issues they are having with their course instructor or their assigned faculty advisor
- Enroll students in the courses
- Help ensure that their financial aid is in order
- Is the FL State Employee Waiver the same as the FIU Employee Tuition Waiver?
No. Eligible FIU employees can use the employee tuition waiver to cover up to six credits per semester. The FL State Employee Tuition Waiver is for people employed by the State of Florida. FIU Employees should contact Human Resources to determine eligibility and the amount covered per program.
Keep in mind that the FL State Employee Waiver does not cover our online graduate programs because the online programs are market-rate programs or self-supported (more expensive than the regular graduate tuition).
- Besides MSIRE, why do the fully online graduate programs not offer an in-state tuition price?
The graduate programs do not offer two different prices, one for in-state and one for out-of-state students, because of how the programs are funded at the university level. They are classified as Market Rate programs or are self-supported, which are competitively priced compared to the surrounding universities.
- Are students from Puerto Rico required to submit Proof of Degree?
Since the student is considered Domestic, they are not required to submit Proof of Degree as the degree awarded should be stated on the submitted transcripts. Although considered Domestic, students from Puerto Rico are still required to submit a TOEFL exam score to demonstrate English proficiency.
- My previous college has shut down. Can I still request my transcripts?
Yes. If your previous college is no longer open, you can request your transcript(s) through the US Department of Education here. The MHSA program does not offer transcripts. The link above will provide you with a list of schools shut down and instructions on requesting transcripts.