Xavier University

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Xavier University provides interested graduate students with the opportunity to earn a Master of Health Services Administration. Additionally, these students can study for a Master of Business Administration concurrently and bolster their CVs. Candidates for the degree study administrative techniques as they apply to the field of healthcare. They also study training concepts and procedures so that they can be effective leaders of healthcare organizations once they graduate. It is normally a three-year program, but students who enroll in the concurrent MBA program might be in school for as many as two additional years.

About Xavier University

The university, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, was founded in 1831. The Jesuits at the time had already had more than three centuries educating people on the North American continent. At its founding, the institution was called The Athenaeum and dedicated to Saint Francis Xavier, a Basque. In 1840, the Society for Jesus took over the university. In 1912, the student body had grown to be too large for the original building, and operations moved to a 26-acre site that the Jesuits had purchased from the Avondale Athletic Club. The original building now houses a theological seminary. At that time, the name changed to Saint Francis Xavier College. In 1930, the name changed to Xavier University.

Although Xavier University originally admitted women in 1914, those women were relegated to weekend, evening, and summer classes. It wasn't until 1969 that the university became fully co-educational. Throughout the years, Xavier University added programs and new divisions of the college, such as the school of business in 1961 and the doctoral program in 1997.

Xavier University Accreditation Details

First, The Higher Learning Commission accredited Xavier University. This is the most important of the institution's regional accreditations. Regional accreditations are important for graduate students because they enable students to transfer credits elsewhere and have them accepted at face value.

Xavier University has many more accreditations too. Some of them include:

•American Occupational Therapy Association

•Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

•American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation

•Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

•Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

•National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation

•American Psychological Association

•Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

•The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

•Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

Although these accreditations focus on graduate studies, the university is similarly accredited for its undergraduate programs as well.

Xavier University Application Requirements

Admission to graduate school at Xavier University in the field of Health Services Administration requires a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 1-to-4 scale. Students must also take the Graduate Record Exam or similar test and achieve at least the 25th percentile on the quantitative section and at least the 50th percentile on the verbal section. The test administrators must submit the results directly to Xavier. Students may not submit their own test scores.

Students must also submit a current resume and at least two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues, instructors, or employers, none of which may be family members. They must also submit an essay of intent from 1,000 to 1,200 words and all transcripts of previous studies of all kinds. These transcripts must also be sent directly from the applicable institutions. Among those transcripts, no matter how excellent, there must be grades of "C" or better in both statistics and accounting. Economics courses are encouraged but not required. Interviews with Xavier University faculty members are required.

Prospective graduate students should show all leadership-building activities and work experience on their resumes because such will be highly considered. Too, students should demonstrate a commitment to the profession in their essay and should also be 100-percent truthful in all declarations.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition cost of obtaining a Masters of Health Services Administration from Xavier University is $650 per credit hour. The graduate student association fee is $8. The application fee is $35. Parking fees range from $5 a week to $178 a year, depending on the student's situation. If a graduate student lives off campus within 35 miles of the university, that person can qualify for a commuter parking pass.

Xavier University only guarantees on-campus housing for undergraduates in their first or second year. Graduate students must apply for on-campus housing before attending. Housing past the first and second years of undergraduate study is in short supply, so graduate students should apply very early in the process. The apartments for which graduate students are eligible cost between $7,000 and $10,000 annually, and they will almost assuredly have roommates.

Financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available to graduate students. Third-year graduate students in Health Services Administration also receive paid internships that could total an annual stipend of $42,000 per year. Before enrolling, students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Depending on their finances, students may be asked to submit federal and state income tax forms after applying for financial aid. For this reason, it is wise to submit the FAFSA as early as possible.

Graduate students have an option that undergraduates do not. They may apply for assistantships and teach classes to earn money toward their own tuition. Of course, other work-study programs are available, and students may also hold jobs off campus. Scholarships based on academic excellence both before enrollment and during enrollment are available to candidates for the Master of Health Services Administration. Students who are on the research track may also apply for research grants. Students who enroll in the concurrent MBA program are eligible for both the MHSA grants and the MBA graduate study award. To keep any financial aid packages, grants, assistantships, loans, or any other monies, graduate students must maintain at least a 2.8 GPA.

Since 2012, all federal loans for graduate students are unsubsidized. That means that borrowers must pay the interest as they go, or the interest will be added to the principal. For further details about these loans or other loan types, contact the Xavier University Office of Financial Aid.

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