Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences

The graduate program in health sciences leads to the Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences.  This degree program is delivered totally online. Master’s degree graduates are prepared to assume leadership and supervisory roles in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs in community, school, medical care, and work site settings. Many students use the degree for upward mobility.

Program Admission Requirements

As of Fall 2018, admission to graduate study for the Master of Science degree in Health Sciences is selective and based upon:

  • Admission into the graduate studies at UCA, which include having a minimum 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores that are less than five years old indicating a score of 3.0 or higher on the writing section. Exceptions to this GRE requirement include any of the following:
    1. A comparable standardized graduate exam that includes a writing section score;
    2. CHES or MCHES certification;
    3. Completion of a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. accredited institution;
    4. An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 of higher.

Degree Requirements

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)

Health Sciences core requirements (18 hours): HSC 6379, HSC 6330 (or KPED 6316), HED 6361, 6321, 6331, 5370. For students without an undergraduate course in basic statistics, an additional statistics course at the graduate level may be needed and used as an elective in the program.

Electives (18 hours) selected with approval of graduate advisor. UCA students with a bachelor of science degree in health education or related field that have two courses above general education in the sciences will take a minimum of nine hours of electives outside the department chosen with approval of the graduate advisor. All other students will complete the 18 hours of electives in the department. Courses may be selected from the following: HED 5301, 5302, 5303, 5310, 5320, 5343; 5365 or 5665; 6310, 6311, 6345, 6350, 6353, 6360, 6371, HSC 6335.  Those with teacher certification may take one of the following: (5350 or 5352).

Thesis Option (33 hours)

  1. Core Requirements (18 hours); same as for thesis option.
  2. Thesis research in Health Sciences (6 hours): HSC 6380, 6390.
  3. Electives (9 hours) selected with the approval of the graduate advisor to include no more than 3 hours from an allied area. Students without prior health education or related field background will complete all the elective hours in the department.

 

Comprehensive Exams:

All students must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations or present evidence of current CHES certification. The comprehensive exam will be given with the permission of the graduate coordinator or department chair after the student has completed the required core courses. The student will advise the graduate coordinator of intent to take the examination by submitting a request via email. Students with Cs will be required to write their examination after completing all course work.

If you have any further questions, contact:

Heather Hudson, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Graduate Coordinator & Advisor
Doyne 322
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035