Dr. Tom McIlwain, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Master of Health Administration
All students admitted to the MHA program will receive an MHA Graduate Handbook that specifies in detail the information below
It is the policy of Clayton State University that every student own or have ready, on demand access to a notebook computer to use for academic assignments and communications.
This will often, but not always, require taking the computer to class. For hardware and software specifications and additional details, go to the University's
It is expected that a student will need no more than seven years to complete the MHA degree. Any student who exceeds the seven-year time limit for completing a degree must
apply for admission to the degree program as a new student and begin a new planned program of study. Course credit over seven years old will not be accepted in the new program.
Other previous course work will be evaluated on the basis of its applicability to the new program of study. To remain a student in good standing, degree candidates must maintain
a B (3.0) average and must take a minimum of four classes per academic year in which the candidate is enrolled (including summer courses). Full-time enrollment for graduate
students is 9 semester hours. Graduate students in good standing may enroll for 12 semester hours in any semester with the approval of the MHA Program Director
Students admitted on a provisional basis are limited to 6 semester credit hours during their provisional semester. Failure to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average
during the provisional semester will result in dismissal.
In order to keep students on track for completing the degree, the MHA Program Director will be the initial student advisor. Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor
by the second semester of study. The student will be required to meet with his or her advisor before registering for courses each semester.
To receive a graduate degree from Clayton State University, a student must complete at least 27 semester hours of program requirements at Clayton State University.
All of these 27 hours must be completed after the student has been admitted to the degree program.
Graduate work taken at other AUPHA regionally accredited institutions must be evaluated and approved by the MHA Program Director in order to satisfy degree
requirements at Clayton State University. Such transfer credit:
A student with transfer credit is required to do the thesis, and residency (if residency is required).
Students who are admitted to the program may defer their admission for one semester (not counting summer sessions).
Graduate students who are not MHA students may be permitted to enroll in MHA courses on a case by case basis.
Students may withdraw from one or more courses any time before the last three weeks of the semester. To withdraw they should complete an official withdrawal form in the Office
of the Registrar. Students who officially withdraw from courses before mid-semester will receive a “W” in those courses and receive no credit. They will not, however, suffer any
academic penalty. Students who officially withdraw after mid-semester (and before the last three weeks of the semester) will receive a “WF,” which will be counted as an “F” in the
calculation of their grade point average. Exact withdrawal dates will be published in the official academic calendar and are subject to approval by the Board of Regents. Students
who simply stop attending classes without officially withdrawing usually are assigned failing grades. The only exceptions to these withdrawal regulations will be for instances
involving unusual circumstances that are fully documented. Students will receive refunds only when they withdraw from all their classes and only by the schedule outlined in the
university System refund policy.
A student desiring to be considered for a hardship withdrawal must complete the official withdrawal process and submit a Hardship Withdrawal Request Form to the dean of the school of the student’s major. The Hardship Request form may be obtained from the Registrar online (http://www.clayton.edu/registrar) or in person.
To be eligible for hardship withdrawal, a student must have met ALL of the following conditions:
Hardship withdrawal does not involve special consideration for refunds. Any refund due will be granted in accordance with the refund regulations and schedule printed in the semester Schedule of Classes booklet.
For purposes of this policy, “passing” is defined to include not only recorded grades but also satisfactory progress toward course assignments (papers, reports, projects, etc.) that have not yet
actually been graded at the time the hardship arises. The dean’s office will contact the appropriate faculty member(s) to determine the student’s status.
“Hardship” refers to an unexpected event or circumstance beyond the student’s control that directly interferes with the student’s ability to continue to make satisfactory
progress in class(es). This generally includes, but is not necessarily limited to, serious illness or accident of the student or a close relative that requires the student’s
extended attention, unavoidable and unexpected job change or change of job assignment that conflicts with class, or significant disruption of family life that prevents regular
class progress. The following sorts of cases do not constitute “hardship”: getting behind in class due to taking on more than one can handle; doing poorly in class due to inadequate
background, difficult material, or poor time management; taking extensive time away from class for a personal situation that could have been expeditiously handled with a minimum of
class interference. The dean may request documentation of the hardship.