Entrance Requirements

Individuals who have bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited colleges and universities are eligible to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program. Regular admission will be based on an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4-point scale. You must submit your transcripts to the Valdosta State University Graduate School for review prior to final admission.

Candidates who are not currently VSU students must apply to VSU and to the MBA program as certificate program students. Students who are currently enrolled as majors other than MBA/HCAD at VSU must apply to the graduate certificate program through the Graduate School.  Students enrolled in the MBA/HCAD program are not eligible for the certificate.

Certificate courses may be applied toward the MBA/HCAD degree. Applicants must meet all MBA Program and Graduate School admissions requirements before acceptance into a degree program.  Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration with a 3.50 GPA or higher will not be required to take the GMAT or GRE exams for admission to the MBA/HCAD program.

Completion of Certificate Requirements

Candidates for the graduate certificate administered by the MBA Program must maintain a 3.0 average in certification courses with no more than one C in these courses.  Students who have previously taken one of the four certificate courses at another university will take an additional MBA course selected by the MBA Committee.


Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration Required Courses


MBA7800 – Introduction to Healthcare Systems and Policies

MBA7810 – Healthcare Economics

MBA7840 – Legal Aspects of Healthcare

MBA7850 – Healthcare Information Systems (prerequisite MBA7800)