Colorado State University- Global is also featured in our ranking Top 15 Best Master’s in Healthcare Administration Online Programs (MHA).
Colorado State University- Global (CSU- Global) is the online presence of Colorado State University. It is the first “statutorily-defined, non-profit, online state university in the United States.” The school was founded in 2007 with a $12 million loan from the CSU Board of Governors which was fully repaid by June 30, 2012. The online university has the same authority for self-management as the main campus of the school in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Pueblo, Colorado campus. The school awards undergraduate degrees in fourteen programs with twenty-five specialties, twelve graduate majors with twenty-one specialties, and certifications.
Programs are offered in two tracks: burgundy-flagged programs are degree-granting and gold-flagged programs are for certifications and adult education. The school recognizes previous college credits from accredited institutions, CLEP and military training credits, and life and work credits. CSU-Global’s bachelor’s degrees rank at #9 in the US News and World Report listings. The online graduate business programs rank as #75. The online university has a program called CSU-Global Connect which is a virtual community where students can engage with peers, interact in student groups and access various student resources. Programs are offered in accelerated eight-week terms. The school also offers a unique employer program through its Affiliates opportunity. Businesses included can help employees pay for their degrees and allow them to defer payment until the end of the term. As at a traditional university, students have access to a library, career and financial aid counseling, tutoring and 24/7 non-academic support.
Master of Healthcare Administration Online
This is a thirty-six-credit program that teaches leadership skills, knowledge in the discipline, and analytical and management skills all with a global perspective. The degree program consists of eight three-credit core classes and electives as well as a capstone and an optional internship. The required core classes are The Foundations of Research and Writing; The U.S. Healthcare System; Organizational Behavior and Human Resources in Healthcare; Health Law and Ethics; Quality and Performance Improvement in Healthcare; Operations Management in Healthcare Organizations; Healthcare Finance and Healthcare Information Systems. The Capstone course is Organizational Management: Strategy and Execution.
The program also involves an optional internship that is not available to Florida, Kentucky, New York or Puerto Rico residents. The MHA degree at CSU-Global also offers fifteen specializations. Student reviews indicate that they have had easier access to instructors through CSU-Global because of the ability to connect with them through student portals. Another advantage of the online program is that students are forced to participate in online discussions that improve learning outcomes and build peer networks.
Colorado State University-Global Campus Accreditation Details
CSU-Global is accredited by the North-Central Association of Colleges and Schools of the Higher Learning Commission. Business Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Management Programs at CSU-Global are accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Educational Programs.
Colorado State University-Global Campus Application Requirements
Undergraduates applying to the online school should submit their official high school transcripts to CSU-Global. Students who do not meet academic requisites may be admitted provisionally by including a statement of purpose and a resume of academic and employment experience. They should also take the online SmarterMeasure Assessment that will help the admissions committee determine readiness for college. All students should have their high schools and any colleges where they have completed coursework send the official transcripts to the university. The testing facility where the student took either the SAT or the SAT should submit those scores as well. Students with little or no college experience may be asked to take the First-Time Freshmen course. Students must also complete an application for scholarships at the time of application. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee, but it is waived for veterans, military personnel, and their families.
Students applying to graduate programs should complete the online application. They must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited university. As the undergraduate applicants, prospective graduate students must submit a statement of purpose and a resume of educational and work experience. They should also complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment. The assessment is used instead of GMAT or GRE scores to determine readiness for graduate studies. All materials should be submitted through the online portal, including the $25 application fee.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition at Colorado State University-Global Campus is $350 per credit hour. The annual cost of attending is estimated at $8,400. There are no student fees. Graduate tuition is $500 per credit hour. The estimated cost of a graduate degree from CSU-Global Campus is $18,000 for a standard 36-credit program. The university has a tuition guarantee program that fixes the tuition at whatever it is at the time of admission. It will stay the same throughout the degree program. There are other expenses involved with online education, though. Students must have a good computer, a reliable high-speed Internet connection, and certain software programs. Online programs are usually less expensive than traditional degree paths, but they are still major investments. Most people need assistance paying for their degrees. The first step in securing financial assistance is completing the Free Federal Student Assistance Application (FAFSA) form. Federal programs can provide grants and loans to eligible individuals. Once students receive their awards letter from FAFSA, they should move on to searching for grants, scholarships and other “free” money.
While most scholarship opportunities are aimed at undergraduates, there are a few expressly for graduate students. The Alumni Continuing Education Scholarship is one of these. The student portal at CSU-Global lists several scholarship opportunities. Corporations and private individuals offer grants and scholarships as well. These can be found through an Internet search. Student loans are another option that can provide lower-interest money with a deferred-repayment. There may be a limit on the amount that a student can carry in loans. Some graduate loans allow parents to help pay for their children’s education just as parents of undergraduates may do. After exhausting all other options, graduate students may apply for private loans. This is an area that should be researched fully before committing to a loan obligation. Interest rates may be higher than governmental or institutional loans and there may be little or no “grace period.” In addition, graduate students may be able to get assistance from their employers if the company is registered as an “affiliate” with Colorado State University-Global Campus.