Many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response at WesternU. Any references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions must be read in light of social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WesternU has implemented remote teaching and learning across all campuses and only essential personnel are on campus at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Question 1: Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply?
No. However, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an institution that is recognized by U.S. Department of Education 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 or a college or university that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, 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?
No, the GRE is no longer a requirement to apply.

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? 
Yes, there is virtual interview for all eligible applicants. You will be notified post-interview whether you have been admitted.

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: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.

Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the “Upload Materials” section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.

Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click “Start New Application” at the bottom of the page.

Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official transcripts please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: Admissions Operations/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766

For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.

Question 5: 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 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card, a prepaid credit card may also be used to pay the application fee.

Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Fee waivers may be granted prior to paying the application fee. To request a fee waiver, please contact the admissions office staff at (909) 469-5335. Fee Waivers are approved on a case by case basis.

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?

Since the curriculum is now 100% online, all courses are offered asynchronously eliminating distance and scheduling challenges.  Our program allows you to take classes anywhere with an internet connection, with access to course materials available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Question 4: How are MSHS Classes Graded

Student knowledge is tested primarily through papers and discussion. There are very few timed examinations.

 

Question 5: How many credit hours do I need to graduate?

34 Credit hours.

 

Question 6: How much is tuition?

The financing my education page will provide you with the current tuition and information regarding scholarship and loan options

 

Question 7: 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 8: Is there an opportunity to apply when I have 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 9:  Can I visit your campus?

While we would love to have you on campus, we are not currently offering in-person tours.  If you are interested, please take a virtual tour of our campus.

Admissions

Many of our programs have made exceptions to the application process and requirements due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic response at WesternU. Any references to in-person campus visits, events, lab work, or classroom interactions must be read in light of social distancing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WesternU has implemented remote teaching and learning across all campuses and only essential personnel are on campus at this time. Please contact us if you have any questions or need further information.

Question 1: Do I need to have a bachelor’s degree to apply?
No. However, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an institution that is recognized by U.S. Department of Education 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 or a college or university that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, 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?
No, the GRE is no longer a requirement to apply.

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? 
Yes, there is virtual interview for all eligible applicants. You will be notified post-interview whether you have been admitted.

Prerequisites

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.

Online Application

Question 1: How do I check my application status online?
You can check your application status by visiting the application status page.

Question 2: What if I want to change information on my application after I have completed it?
You may not change answers or documents submitted with your application, but you may upload additional, supplemental materials. To do so, visit the application status page and use the “Upload Materials” section of the page to submit your supplemental materials.

Question 3: What if I want to apply to more than one program? Do I need to create a new account?
You can apply to multiple programs using a single account. Visit our online application, log in, and click “Start New Application” at the bottom of the page.

Question 4: What address should I use if I need to mail any additional application materials?
For official transcripts please mail to:
Western University of Health Sciences
Attn: Admissions Operations/program you are applying for (MSMS, MSNE, MSPS, etc.)
309 E Second Street
Pomona, CA 91766

For unofficial documents, please upload to the online application as indicated in the application instructions.

Question 5: 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 6: What if I do not have a Visa or Master Card?
Payment may be made with a Visa or Master Card, a prepaid credit card may also be used to pay the application fee.

Question 7: Are fee waivers accepted?
Fee waivers may be granted prior to paying the application fee. To request a fee waiver, please contact the admissions office staff at (909) 469-5335. Fee Waivers are approved on a case by case basis.

Other

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?

Since the curriculum is now 100% online, all courses are offered asynchronously eliminating distance and scheduling challenges.  Our program allows you to take classes anywhere with an internet connection, with access to course materials available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Question 4: How are MSHS Classes Graded

Student knowledge is tested primarily through papers and discussion. There are very few timed examinations.

 

Question 5: How many credit hours do I need to graduate?

34 Credit hours.

 

Question 6: How much is tuition?

The financing my education page will provide you with the current tuition and information regarding scholarship and loan options

 

Question 7: 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 8: Is there an opportunity to apply when I have 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 9:  Can I visit your campus?

While we would love to have you on campus, we are not currently offering in-person tours.  If you are interested, please take a virtual tour of our campus.