Unf mha student Handbook

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2.2 Admissions

Program admissions are handled initially by the UNF Graduate School; after all required documents are received, applications are forwarded to the MHA Program for review. The UNF MHA Program is designed based on a cohort model and considers applications for admission of new students for the summer and fall term of each year. It awards admission to new students based upon availability of openings within the cohort. The monthly review process for admissions each fall begins September. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and required documents before March 15 (for summer term), and June 1 (for fall term) to ensure admittance pending application review.  The following information must be submitted to the UNF Graduate School:

University Admission requirements: 

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional MHA program requirements: 

  1. A 2-3 page personal statement describing:

    • Reasons for seeking an MHA degree

    • Career objectives

    • Any other information you feel is pertinent to your admission 

  2. Resume including:

    • Education

    • Work experience

    • Honors and/or memberships in school, profession, and service organizations 

  3. Two letters of recommendation

  4. GRE test scores

    • Prior to July 1, 2011:  combined 1000 with verbal and quantitative portions

    • After July 1, 2011:      146 verbal, 148 quantitative

    • The GMAT will be accepted in place of the GRE with a desired 500 total score (20 verbal, 22 quantitative)

    • Applicants with a previously earned PhD, MD, and JD degree (or U.S. equivalent) are not required to submit GRE scores. 

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.

2.3 Trial Program (Probationary Admissions Stipulations)

Students admitted to the MHA program on a trial basis must earn a grade of B or better in all MHA required classes during the first semester for full time students or during the first year for part time students.  Students who meet this criterion will be granted full admission to the program; those who do not meet this criterion will not be allowed to continue in the program.

2.4 Registration

One Stop Student Services Center

One Stop Student Services Center (One Stop) assists current students with a wide range of policy and procedural issues related to financial aid, admissions, academic records, Veterans affairs, and registration. The office provides a central point of communication and contact for all of Enrollment Services and coordinates many procedural functions that previously would have required students to travel from office to office. The One Stop also provides access to self-service computer kiosks and a pay-for-print multi-purpose machine for photocopying and printing documents. The overarching goal of the One Stop is to provide excellent service to students and streamline procedures while helping to maintain the integrity of the institution. One Stop does not advise students regarding course selections or substitutions. Those functions rest with the academic advisors. One Stop Student Services may be contacted at (904) 620-5555, via email at OneStop@unf.edu, or at Hicks Hall, Building 53, Suite 1700.  Through the One Stop website and the myWings student portal, students can access and manage many of the enrollment functions handled in One Stop Student Services.


Approximately three quarters of the way through each semester, One Stop Student Services posts an online Course Schedule for the upcoming semester. Registration time tickets and an open registration schedule are posted on the university matriculation calendar online.  Students register online during their time ticket.  

2.5 Course Selection & Format

Student Orientation

An MHA New Student Program Orientation is normally scheduled prior to the first week of classes in the fall semester. It is expected that MHA students will make every attempt to attend this session.

Mandatory MHA Program Course Sequencing

All students are expected to follow the course sequencing shown in this handbook.  Students who fail to follow the sequence without official approval from the Program Director will likely delay their graduation. Consistent with the cohort model MHA program courses are offered only once per year. If a student gets off sequence, or has to retake a required course, it will likely delay that student’s graduation for at least one year.

Substitutions cannot be made in the core requirements unless the substituted course meets all the required Program competencies for that course. The signatures of the student and MHA Program Director are required for substitutions.

Students who do not follow the program course sequencing will not be granted time extensions to complete the degree, and will likely forfeit their ability to obtain the degree. Requests for extensions may be supported according to the following guidelines: (1) the student must request the extension in writing; (2) the student must provide written documentation as evidence demonstrating an excusable reason for the extension (usually a major medical emergency or similar tragedy); and (3) the request must be approved by the MHA Program Director. Contact the Program Director for more information. 

Class Size & Format

Each UNF MHA cohort is limited to 30 students, thus limiting class sizes to 30.  All courses are offered once per year in one of three manners: 1) one evening per week in a face-to-face format; 2) via distance learning (some electives); or 3) via a hybrid format (half face-to-face and half distance learning).

Full & Part-time Sequences

The UNF MHA Program course sequencing is based upon full time students taking 9 credit hours in each fall and spring semester, and 6 hours in summer semester. The part time sequencing is based upon students taking 6 hours in each fall and spring semester, and 3 hours in summer semester. This allows full time students to graduate in 2 full years, and part time students to graduate in 3 full years.  Students desiring to take more than 9 semester hours must obtain the approval of the Program Director prior to the beginning of the respective semester.  

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