Frequently Asked Questions

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What does Distance Learning (DL) mean? 

The MHS program is excited to announce that a Distance Learning (DL) designation was approved effective in fall 2012 for core courses and 3 (of the 4) concentrations areas:  Emergency Medical Care, Health Education, and Health Management.  The new DL designation means classes will meet online and all work will be turned in online.  The MHS program is now available to students with internet access anywhere as well as our Western North Carolina residents.  Classes will adhere to WCU academic policies and the WCU academic calendar and students will be otherwise held to WCU student policies and procedures.  The Nutrition concentration will continue to meet residentially and is not affected by the DL status.

What are the admission requirements for the MHS program?

Admission criteria apply to both distance and residental concentrations:

  • Cumulative grade point average of "B" or higher in all upper-level undergraduate coursework.
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors or employers who are able to judge aptitude for graduate study.
  • Completion of a ‘Statement of Goals & Experiences’ essay (Word).
  • Satisfactory scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical portions of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Minimum scores are listed below: 
  • Test Date



    Analytical  Writing

     Before August 2011




     After August 2011




NOTE:  Applicants for DL concentrations from the following states should contact the MHS Program Director before initiating an application:  Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.

How do I apply to the program (back to top)

The quickest way to apply to the program is to apply online. You may also download the required application materials. Your completed application form, application fee, official transcripts, official GRE scores, three letters of reference forms and Statement of Goals must be uploaded to the online ‘Apply Yourself’ application website.

How much will it cost to attend college each semester? Am I eligible for financial aid or student loans?  (back to top)

Visit graduate tuition and fees information. Yes, students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships and study grants. Students registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours may secure student loans through WCU’s Office of Financial Aid.   Additionally, the MHS program is proud to parter with Mission Health Systems and offer a Mission Health Systems Scholarship to our students.  For more information, click here

How long will it take me to earn my MHS degree?  (back to top)

Full-time students can complete the program in 18 months to 2 years including summers; part-time students may take 2.5 - 3 years to finish depending on the number of courses taken each semester.

Can I transfer in coursework from other Universities?  (back to top)

It is possible to transfer up to 6 semester hours, pending approval of the MHS Program Director. The courses must be part of a fully accredited master’s degree program at university acceptable to the WCU Graduate School.

Must I complete a project or a thesis to earn my MHS degree?  (back to top)

Yes. MHS degree candidates are required to complete either a research project or a thesis.

What computer skills do I need to successfully take MHS courses?  (back to top)

All MHS students are expected to have a current knowledge of the internet and Microsoft Ofice at a minimum. For information on WCU student computer standards, visit the IT website.

What if I have additional questions(back to top)

For answers to additional questions, you may contact us.

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