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  • Upcoming Terms

    There are 6 opportunities to begin the program each year - January, March, May, July, August, October.  For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an Enrollment Counselor at or 814-472-3012.

  • Admission Requirements

    At Saint Francis University, we appreciate that our students come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds.  As such, we aim to maintain minimum admission requirements that allow for varying backgrounds but still reward and encourage previous educational achievement.

    Applicants to the program must have graduated from an accredited institution, having obtained a bachelor's degree.  A cumulative GPA of 2.75* in the bachelor's degree program is required for full acceptance into the MHS program.

    Additional admission requirements include:

    • Completed MHS application (electronic)
    • 1-2 page Statement of Purpose essay
    • Two professional letters of recommendation 
    • Current resume/curriculum vitae
    • Non-refundable application fee of $55
    • Official undergraduate transcript(s)**
    • A non-duplicated email address (a personal email address unique to each applicant)
    • MHS applicants may be asked to participate in a telephone or Skype interview
    • Access to a computer and reliable Internet service
    • Knowledge and understanding of the Internet and computer programs to complete course requirements

    *Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 to 2.74 may be accepted to the MHS Program on a provisional basis.

    **If undergraduate education has been obtained outside of the United States, an independent educational assessment may be required as part of the admissions process.

    Admissions are done on a rolling cycle.  Courses will be offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer Sessions.  Most MHS courses are offered on an accelerated seven-week schedule.  Scheduling of courses will be a collaborative effort between students and their academic advisor. 

    Prospective Students Residing Outside of Pennsylvania

    Saint Francis University and its online programs must be authorized by certain states prior to offering courses or programs to students residing in those states. Saint Francis University has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) welcomed the University to officially join the initiative effective January 1, 2017. SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.

    As a SARA approved institution, Saint Francis University is in compliance with the regulations of each SARA state and is approved to offer online courses and programs to residents of SARA-member states. Prospective students residing outside of Pennsylvania should determine their eligibility for admission to an online program at Saint Francis University by consulting the State Authorization Status List found at or by contacting program Enrollment Counselor at (814) 472-3012 or   

    International applicants will be considered for admission if they reside in countries where the University has proper authorization. Contact the program admission representatives for additional information.

    Transfer Credits

    Up to 6 advanced-level health science credits may be transferred for credit toward your MHSc degree.  Students must submit a written request to the Program Chair including the course to be transferred, the course syllabus, and the transcript verifying completion of the course under consideration.  The courses being considered must have been completed within five years of the transfer request and student must have earned a grade of "B" or better.

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