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General University Information
The University of Central Florida, commonly referred to as UCF, is a metropolitan public research university located in Orlando, Florida, United States. UCF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida, and is the second-largest university in the United States by enrollment.
The University of Central Florida was authorized by the Florida State Legislature in 1963, and opened in 1968 as Florida Technological University, with the goal of providing highly-trained personnel to support the Kennedy Space Center, located only 35 miles (56 km) to the east. As the university’s academic scope had expanded to encompass other disciplines, along with concerns over potential confusion with the Florida Institute of Technology, also known as “Florida Tech”, the school was renamed the University of Central Florida in 1978.
Although initial enrollment in 1968 was only 1,948 students, as of 2011 enrollment consists of 58,698 students representing over 140 countries, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The majority of the student population is located on the university’s 1,415-acre (573 ha) main campus approximately 13 miles (21 km) east-northeast of downtown Orlando and 55 miles (89 km) south-southwest of Daytona Beach. The university offers over 210 separate degree options through twelve colleges and eleven satellite campuses throughout Florida. Since its founding, UCF has awarded more than 225,000 degrees, including 40,000 graduate and professional degrees, to nearly 185,000 alumni worldwide.
The health services administration graduate program is one of approximately 70 programs in the world that are fully accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), formerly known as the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA).
The program appeals to a variety of students, including recent college graduates and professionals in health care who are interested in broadening their knowledge of business aspects of the field and advancing their careers. Still other students enter the program as a first step towards earning a doctorate in public affairs or a related field.
The curriculum provides a course of study that includes
• analysis of issues and trends in health care
• study of the structure and leadership of health-care organizations
• strategic planning, financial management and organizational strategies for change
• research methods and statistics
• information systems for solving problems in the health-care industry
Course work emphasizes oral communications, written communications, working in teams and consultation with local health-care organizations. Courses are offered in the traditional classroom setting as well as online. Students are required to take at least 7 courses in the face-to-face format. All students must also complete an internship.
Upon admission into the program, students will meet with an academic advisor to develop a plan of study, which they will follow during their academic career.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Goal statement indicating how the Health Science MS program will enhance career goals.
- Résumé (no longer than two pages).
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past academic performance, work experience, and the match of the program with career goals. The Health Services Administration track accepts the most qualified students. Not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.
Students are admitted to the Health Services Administration track in the fall and spring semesters. Full and part-time plans of study are available for both fall and spring admission cycles.