Question 1: Do I need to have a bachelor's degree to apply?
No. However, a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is preferred. Consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis to applicants holding an advanced professional degree, provided that you have completed at least 90 semester hours at the undergraduate level from a regionally accredited college or university, 30 units of which must consist of upper division coursework; i.e., junior or senior level courses.
Question 2: Do you require any prerequisite classes prior to application?
No. There are currently no required prerequisite courses for the MSHS program.
Question 3: Do I need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) to apply?
Yes, the GRE is required for the MSHS program, however if you feel that you have met the requirement, you may contact the program chair to request a waiver of the requirement.
Question 4: Do you require a minimum grade point average (GPA) to apply?
Yes. You must have achieved a minimum 2.7 undergraduate grade point average and a minimum 3.0 graduate grade point average.
Question 5: Do I have to interview to be accepted into the program?
No. Simply complete an admissions packet to be considered for the program. You will be notified at a later date whether your application has been accepted.
Question 6: Can I apply now and wait a semester to start?
Yes. You can apply now and defer your matriculation a semester.
Question 7: How can I request an application packet?
The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions regarding how to apply, including frequently asked questions about our online application.
Question 1: How many units of coursework must be completed when I submit my application?
While there are no specific courses that must be taken prior to application, you must have complete a minimum of 90 semester units of coursework, 30 semester units of which are upper division. Additional coursework (beyond the minimum) may be in progress at the time of application.
Question 1: What if I cannot remember my Login ID or PIN?
Send an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, program you applied for, mailing address, phone number and birth date.
Question 2: What if I am locked out of my account?
Send an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 3: What is the difference between "Applications in Progress" and "Processed Applications"?
The Application Menu can have up to three sections:
- Applications in Progress: If you wish to create a new application, click "NEW". If you started an application and didn't complete it, click on the appropriate term in this section.
- Submitted Applications: Applications listed here have not been entered by Enrollment Data Services (EDS). This could take 1-2 business days after you "Complete" your application. If your application has not moved to "Processed Applications" after 2 business days, please contact EDS at EDS@westernu.edu
- Processed Applications: Check your application status and view outstanding requirements, by clicking on the term in this section. Status updates can take 5-7 business days after receipt of application materials.
Question 4: How do I check my application status online?
Login to the "Admissions Application/View Application Checklist Login" web page using the Login ID and PIN you created with your application. Under "Processed Applications" click the Admission Term. Check Application Status; if "Incomplete", check for missing dates under Received column. Please keep in mind that it can take 5 to 7 business days, after receipt of your application materials, to post those items to your application. If your application materials are not posted to your account after the appropriate amount of time, please email EDS@westernu.edu for more information; include your legal name and any alternate name(s) that may appear on your documents.
Question 5: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
After your application is complete, changes cannot be made however, you can send us a word document, PDF or email which can be added to your application. Please send to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 6: How do I view the contents of my application after I have completed it?
Unfortunately, once your application is complete, you cannot view the contents. We suggest that you print each section prior to completing your application.
Question 7: When checking my application status, why do I see more than one term listed under "Processed Applications" when I've only submitted one online application?
If you applied to multiple programs/campuses via a Primary and/or Secondary Application, you will see all active applications listed here by the term. This doesn't necessarily mean we have received all required applications/materials. Please verify all requirements have been received. (See Question 4:"How do I check my application status online?" above.)
Question 8: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new Login ID?
You can create multiple applications with one Login ID. Just select "New" under "Applications in Progress" to start a new application.
Question 9: Can I use my preferred name on my application?
Always use your "Legal" name on your applications (both Primary and Secondary). Nicknames/Preferred names must not be used. If the program you are applying to requires a Primary and Secondary application, your name must match exactly for both applications to be properly applied to your record. Please send an email to EDS@westernu.edu notifying us of errors as soon as possible. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied to.
Question 10: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: EDS/program you are applying for (DO, PHARMD, DPM, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766
For non-official documents (prerequisite worksheets, repeated coursework, etc.) please email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 11: How do I pay my application fee?
All application fees require payments made by credit card. Only cards with Visa and Master Card logos will be accepted.No checks, money orders, or cash will be accepted for payment of application fees.
Question 12: What if I don't have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card prepaid gift card which can be purchased at many major chain stores or online. Please be aware that the gift card must contain a balance sufficient to cover the application fee in one full payment.
Question 13: Are fee waivers accepted?
Application fees must be paid by credit card to submit your online application. To qualify for an application refund due to a financial hardship, you must contact Admissions for instructions and approval. After approval, your credit card charge will be refunded (this could take up to 10-15 business days).
Question 14: What if I cannot find a College Code for a school I attended?
Please be sure to search for your school in the "Previous College(s) Attended" section of your application using City and State by selecting the "Lookup College Code" link. If your school is not listed, please send an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for. The college codes in our system are WesternU specific and may be different from college codes provided by your institution.
Question 15: How do I find a College Code for schools outside of the United States?
Please do not list foreign schools in the "Previous College" section of your application. All foreign coursework must be evaluated (course-by-course) through an approved evaluation service (World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates). Instead of listing the foreign schools you attended, please list the service used to evaluate your foreign coursework. You can find World Education Services and Josef Silny& Associates by selecting the Lookup College Code link and searching by Country and selecting 'Foreign Country' and City 'Foreign City'. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 16: How do I view the colleges that I have already entered?
Select "Previous College(s) Attended" from the Application Checklist. If you previously entered and saved school information to your application, the first school's details will be displayed in the form. Click "Enter or View another College or Degree" to view any additional schools. When you come to a blank form, there are no additional saved schools available. When you are done viewing your schools, select "Return to Checklist without saving changes".
Question 17: How do I remove a college from my application?
If you have added an incorrect college or duplicate college in error, it cannot be removed until your application is submitted. Make a list of any colleges that must be removed, then continue with your application. Once you have submitted your application, email EDS@westernu.edu requesting to have those schools removed from your application and specify the reason for removing them from your record. Please include your legal name, Login ID, and program you applied for.
Question 18: I am a current employee of WesternU, are there any additional forms needed for HR purposes?
If you are a current employee of WesternU, you must complete an Employee Authorization Release Form. You can request this form by sending an email to EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 19: Will I receive notification that my application was received?
Yes, once your application is processed we will send an email confirming it was received. Please be sure to check your "Junk Mail" folder for this email and allow emails from the domain 'westernu.edu' (WesternU Faculty, Staff, and Students) to avoid any delay of its delivery. For more information on adding WesternU to your email whitelist, please review these Email Whitelist Instructions. If you need additional assistance, please email EDS@westernu.edu. Please include your legal name, Login ID and program you applied for.
Question 1: What can I do with an MSHS degree?
Many clinical providers opt to take the MSHS degree, Health Professions Education concentration, to enhance their skills in teaching and educating patients in areas of health care. Some graduates teach physician assistants, nurses, allied health, and medical students as part of their clinical patient care duties. This program is ideally suited for this type of medical provider. Many students use the degree to greatly improve the educational curriculum or health care project that their clinic, hospital or organization is striving to create.
Question 2: What type of courses are offered in the MSHS program?
Core courses offer educational principles in teaching and learning theory, instructional design and clinical teaching, evaluation methods, research, and instructional technology. Visit the examine the curriculum page for more information.
Question 3: Are the courses offered in a classroom or online?
Currently most courses are offered on campus in the evenings. A few courses are currently offered online and more are in the process of being developed for online learning. Many on-campus courses use online teaching to supplement student learning.
Question 4: How frequently and at what time of day are classes held?
On-campus classes are typically held Monday through Thursday from 6:00-9:00 in the evening. The day of the week will depend on which courses you choose to take.
Question 5: What is the average class size?
The average class size is 3-10 students.
Question 6: How are MSHS classes graded?
Student knowledge is tested primarily through papers and discussion. Class size is typically 3-10, so faculty members are able to easily assess your progress in class and through your writing assignments. There are very few timed examinations.
Question 7: How many credit hours do I need to graduate?
34 credit hours.
Question 8: How much is tuition?
The financing my education page will provide you with the current tuition and information regarding scholarship and loan options.
Question 9: How many years do I have to complete the program?
All requirements for the degree must be fulfilled within five years from the date of initial registration. The degree can be completed within one year of full-time study; two regular semesters and one summer session. However, most students elect part-time study; four regular semesters and one or two summer sessions. All students are expected to make reasonable progress each year toward the degree objective. Full-time graduate students are considered to be making reasonable academic progress when they maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and complete 18 semester hours during the calendar year. Both part-time and full-time students must complete the graduation requirements within the time limits described under Graduation Requirements in the university catalog. For part-time students, reasonable academic progress will be determined by the faculty on an annual basis upon consultation with the student.
Question 10: Is there an opportunity to apply what I've learned by assisting in a WesternU class?
Yes. Many students contact existing faculty and serve as a teaching assistant or find their own mentor and work with them.
Question 11: Can I visit your campus?
We would love for you to visit campus! Attend Preview Day where we will provide you with detailed information on the curriculum and profession as well as the admissions process. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the dean/upper administration and chat with current WesternU students as they tour you through the facilities.