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

Students who apply to the Master of Science degree in Health Sciences will meet the general requirements of the UCA Graduate School. Criteria for admission including:  a minimum 2.7 overall undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours and GRE scores.

Petition for Candidacy

Students must be formally accepted as a candidate for the degree before the 18th hour of graduate work. Criteria for applying for candidacy in the department include (1) submission of a current résumé, (2) completion of all course work with a 3.00 grade point average or above, and (3) a statement of purpose and goals in the program.  Additionally, the student must have no more than six semester hours of C grades. Students receiving more than two Cs in graduate courses will be dismissed from the graduate program in Health Sciences.

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:

Graduate students must successfully complete written comprehensive examinations or submit evidence of current CHES certification to the graduate advisor.  The comprehensive exam will be given only during the fall and spring semesters of the regular school year.  Students who plan to graduate in the summer must notify the advisor of intent to take the comprehensive exam during the preceding spring.  A student is eligible to take the comprehensive examination if within six hours of completion of the degree and has no Cs in the program. 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 72034