Prospective Student Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What accreditations do the department’s programs have?

    George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Department of Health Administration and Policy is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Learn more about our accreditation.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    Undergraduate

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration requires 120 credits and is typically completed in four years. Students may complete the program in less than four years if they are enrolled full time and complete summer courses in addition to completing courses during the spring and fall semesters.

    Graduate

    The department’s graduate degree programs can be completed on a part-time or full-time schedule. The master’s degrees offered by the department range from 34 to 46 credit hours. The graduate certificate programs range from 15 to 22 credits. An accelerated pathway is available for students interested in full-time enrollment.

    Graduate students have six years to complete their master’s program. Graduate students who do not enroll in courses for two or more consecutive semesters must re-enroll in their program upon their return. Re-enrollment does not have fees. Re-enrollment forms are available through the Office of the Registrar.

  • Can I transfer credits from another university?

    Undergraduate

    Undergraduate students may be able to transfer credits previously earned at another accredited college or university. Students should use George Mason’s transfer credit search engine to determine if credits are transferrable. Additional assistance is available from the Center for Academic Advising, Retention, and Transitions.

    Graduate

    Graduate students may transfer up to 12 semester hours from another accredited college or university to a master’s program within the department. Transfer credit policies are included in the University Catalog.

    Once admitted to George Mason, students must obtain approval to take graduate courses at another accredited institution for transfer to their master’s program. George Mason students may take up to six semester hours at area universities through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. This provides students with the opportunity to take classes not available at George Mason while paying George Mason’s tuition rates.

  • When are classes offered?

    Undergraduate

    The department’s undergraduate courses are offered at the Fairfax Campus weekday mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Some courses are also offered online.

    Graduate

    The department’s graduate courses are offered weekday evenings and weekends, some classes are offered online. Most of the courses are offered at the Fairfax Campus; however, some policy-centric courses are offered at the Arlington Campus. Additionally, some courses have a hybrid format, meaning they meet in person every other week and students participate in online learning activities during the weeks they do not meet in person.

  • Where can I find course descriptions?

    All department course descriptions are included in the University Catalog.

  • What are Mason’s tuition rates?

    George Mason’s current tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate programs are available on the Student Accounts’ web page.

  • What tuition assistance is available?

    George Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid provides information on available scholarships and aid packages.

    Graduate students are eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships. When faculty have funded research and need research assistants, the positions are advertised to students within the department.

  • How do I receive additional information?

    Undergraduate

    Undergraduate students can complete an online form to request more information about undergraduate admissions and programs.

    Graduate

    Graduate students can complete an online form to request more information about specific graduate programs and to receive periodic updates about information sessions and special graduate admissions events.

  • How do I apply?

    All admissions applications for undergraduate, graduate, and international are handled online.