A student will be classified as a matriculant when admitted to the program by the Admissions Committee of the program.
Students in the Health Services Management programs must meet with the program director (or associate director) to plan his/her courses and to review the plan of study prior to course registration. Students will plan their program of study with the program director (or associate director) and in consideration of individual career interest.
Students must consult with the program director (or associate director) regarding his/her plan of study. The program is designed so that students will take six credits per quarter with three quarters from September to May plus a quarter in the summer. Full- time students may register for nine credits per quarter. Part-time students may register for either three or six credits per quarter. Students wishing to take more than nine credits must obtain written approval from the dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Graduate courses taken at other institutions prior to admission at Mercy College may, if pertinent to the plan of study, be credited to the Graduate degree. Permission to transfer credits must be requested in writing at the time of admission and official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to the program director for evaluation.
Transfer credit will be granted only for courses taken in the five-year period prior to acceptance in the Mercy College program and for courses in which the student earned a grade of B or above. Students may request transfer credit for up to six credits. Course(s) with a grade of B- are not acceptable for transfer.
Maintenance of Matriculation
It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration. Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintaining Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.
It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program’s culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. A student's degree will not be released until all Maintaining Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student’s record.
Maintenance of Good Academic Standing
The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and program director at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0 the student will be placed on academic probation.
All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course the student may be subject to dismissal from the college.
For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the director of the student’s program as well as the school dean.
In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.
The program is designed to accommodate the schedules of employed students. All courses are offered evenings and on weekends. The program is designed so that students may take two courses per quarter and in the summer semester and thereby complete the M.P.A. program in two years, or the M.S. program in a year and half.
The Health Services Management programs are offered on-campus in Dobbs Ferry and online.
Campus-based courses will each include an additional hour of Internet-based instruction in addition to the classroom instruction.