Admission Procedures - Education and Health Care Administration

Admissions Standards - Education and Health Care Administration

Education Program

Health Care Administration Program

Non-Degree and Non-Matriculated (Visiting) Status

Auditing Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Students Enrolling in Graduate Courses

Transfer of Credits and Waiver

The Test of English as a Foreign Language

Admission Procedures - International Students

Admissions Procedures - Physician Assistant Program


Admissions Procedures - Education and Health Care Administration

The Graduate Admissions Committee is concerned with each applicant's interest, aptitude, and potential for achievement in graduate studies. The structure of the programs lends itself both to recent college graduates and to professionals who have delayed their graduate studies.

All applicants should possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Before an applicant will be evaluated, he or she must submit:

  • a completed application form;
  • an official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, showing completion of a baccalaureate degree and graduate courses for transfer consideration (if any);
  • (Health Care only) A one-page personal statement of purpose
  • A personal interview with the director of the graduate program, if required;
  • letters of recommendation from instructors or supervisors
  • a photocopy of teaching certification, if applicable;
  • a professional résumé, if applicable;
  • a non-refundable application fee of $35.

The application form and all supporting documents should be submitted to the dean of graduate programs at least three weeks prior to the date of final registration in the session or semester in which the applicant seeks to enroll. Written notice of the action of the Graduate Admissions Committee will be sent to each applicant.

At the applicant's request, an interview can be scheduled to answer any questions he or she may have concerning the graduate programs. Additionally, once accepted, students are encouraged to arrange for an interview to design the program of studies.

King's College does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, creed, sex, or physical handicap. Admission is based solely upon an applicant's qualifications and ability to meet the established admission requirements.

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Admissions Standards - Education and Health Care Administration

The Graduate Division of King's College considers four principal factors in deciding whether or not to accept a student into a graduate program. These four factors, in order of importance, are:

  • the applicant's success in other graduate-level course work, if any;
  • the applicant's undergraduate academic record;
  • the applicant's personal interview with the director of the graduate program, if required;
  • the strength of letters of recommendation assessing the applicant's potential success in graduate studies and/or the applicant's employment experience, if applicable.

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Education Program

Master's degree programs include Reading, Special Education, and Curriculum & Instruction with concentrations in ESL, Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Excellence in Teaching. Specialized programs include the ESL Program Specialist Certification and Reading Specialist Certification.  Endorsement Programs include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Instructional Coaching, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. 

  1. If the applicant has already earned a graduate degree at King’s College or another accredited academic institution, the following weight is assigned:
    • Graduate coursework (60%)
    • Letters of recommendation and/or experience (40%)
       
  2. As a general rule, an applicant who has not earned a prior graduate degree must meet the following requirements:
    • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a grading scale of 4.00
    • Letters of recommendation and/or experience

Note: Applicants who fall below the minimum grade point average (3.0) may submit other evidence of their ability to complete a graduate program such as:

Grades in graduate-level courses.  An applicant may take up to nine (9) credits in the graduate program as a non-degree probationary student.  If the applicant has maintained a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) after completing nine (9) graduate credits, he or she will be automatically accepted into the degree program. 

To be admitted into the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in Reading applicants must have completed:

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree
  • Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.)  if the applicant intends to seek Reading Specialist certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
     
    • A photocopy of initial certification must be submitted with the other application materials. A transcript (9 credits) or course syllabi (270 hours) indicating the standards for Special Education have been met.

To be admitted into the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in Curriculum & Instruction applicants must have completed:

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree

To be admitted into the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) degree program in Special Education applicants must have completed: 

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree
  • Teaching certification in special education [include photo copy of certification with application]

 To be admitted into the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification Program applicants must have completed:

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree
  • Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.)  if the applicant intends to seek certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) [include photo copy of certification with application].

To be admitted into the Instructional Coaching Endorsement Program applicants must have completed:

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree
  • Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.)  if the applicant intends to seek endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) [include photo copy of certification with application].

To be admitted into the Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement Program applicants must have completed:

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree
  • Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.)  if the applicant intends to seek endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) [include photo copy of certification with application].

To be admitted into the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Endorsement Program applicants must have completed:

  • Bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree
  • Teaching certification in elementary education, secondary education, or a K-12 specialty area (e.g., art, music, special education, etc.)  if the applicant intends to seek endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) [include photo copy of certification with application].

Application and Registration

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Health Care Administration Program

  1. If the applicant has already earned a graduate degree at King's College or another accredited academic institution, the following weight is assigned:
    • Graduate coursework 60%
    • Two letters of recommendation and/or experience 40%
  2. As a general rule, an applicant who has not earned a prior graduate degree must fulfill the following requirements:
    • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or better on a grading scale of 4.00
    • A one-page personal statement of purpose
    • Two letters of recommendation and/or work experience
    • A personal interview with the director of the graduate program in Health Care Administration
 

Applicants who fall below the minimum grade point average (2.75) may submit other evidence of their ability to complete a graduate program, such as:

  • A test score from the Graduate ManagementAptitude Test (GMAT), or
  • Grades in graduate-level courses. An applicant may take up to nine credits in the graduate program in Health Care Administration as a non-degree probationary student. If the applicant has maintained a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) after completing nine graduate credits, he or she may resubmit the application for admission into the degree program.

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Non-Degree and Non-Matriculated (Visiting) Status

Individuals who have not yet completed their application materials or who wish to take courses for personal or professional development without obtaining a graduate degree may take up to three graduate courses as non-degree students, provided they have fulfilled the prerequisites for such courses.

Students matriculating for a degree at another graduate school may be admitted to a non-matriculated status and take individual courses. Visiting students may take up to three graduate courses.

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Auditing Graduate Courses

Persons holding bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees may wish to audit graduate courses at King's College for their personal or professional development. Persons who wish to audit particular courses should seek admission as non-degree students. Generally, an auditing student attends the regular class meeting, completes the assigned reading and participates in discussions, but does not sit for examinations or prepare oral or written assignments. The professor conducting the course, however, may establish different auditing requirements for the benefit of the students. A student auditing a course does not receive a grade for the course, nor can the student elect to change his or her status in the course to credit-seeking.

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Undergraduate Students Enrolling in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students at King's College may enroll for individual graduate courses if (1) they are seniors at the time of the proposed graduate course; (2) they have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better; (3) they have the permission of their academic advisor; and (4) the Graduate Division finds there is space available in the course.

Academic credit for graduate courses taken by an undergraduate student will normally be counted towards the student's baccalaureate degree program. If, after completing a baccalaureate degree, the student continues on to a graduate program at King's, academic credit for the graduate course cannot be recounted towards the master's degree.

Undergraduate students not matriculated at King's College may not register for graduate courses.

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Transfer of Credits and Waiver

No transfer credits are allowed into the master’s of science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) or into a graduate certificate program in Health Care Administration. For all other graduate programs and certificates, a student may submit a written petition for transfer of credits for appropriate courses successfully pursued on the graduate level at another accredited institution, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree at King’s College.

Up to nine credits may be transferred into the master’s of education programs, and up to six credits into the graduate certificate programs or endorsements programs.  Up to nine credits may be transferred into the masters of science program in Health Care Administration.

Transfer credit is allowed only for courses in which a grade of “B” or better has been received. Transfer credit is not normally granted for courses taken more than five years before admission to the King’s College graduate programs.

The relevant graduate program director will review and decide upon the petition for transfer of credits. Formal notice of rejection or acceptance of the petition will be made shortly after admission to candidacy.

A graduate student who desires to take graduate courses at another institution while matriculating at King’s College, with the intention of transferring these to his/her King’s College record, must have written permission from the graduate program director.

In addition to the transfer of credits outlined above, students enrolled in the graduate program in Health Care Administration may challenge all or part of the foundation course work (i.e. Quantitative Business Methods for Health Care, Understanding Organizational Ethics, and Managerial Accounting for Health Care Administration), if they can demonstrate a mastery of the subject matter through training or experience. To challenge a foundation course, a student must make a formal request to the graduate program director. The student will then schedule an examination with the instructor of the course to be challenged. The student must pay 50% of the normal graduate tuition for each graduate course challenged. The combined number of transfer credits and challenge credits together cannot exceed 50% (half) of the total number of credits in the graduate program.

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The Test of English as a Foreign Language

Approved English Language Proficiency Exams:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and Official Score reports must be submitted directly to King’s College from the testing agency and must be less than 3 years old.

To satisfy the English Language Proficiency King’s College requires a minimum Computer Based Test (CBT) of 213, Internet Based Test (iBT) of 79 or Paper Based Test (PBT) of 550.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): King’s College requires a minimum score of 6.0 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement.

For international applicants to the Graduate Division for the English as a Second Language Certificate Program the following is required: to take, and pass, the ACTFL English Language OPI test.

SAT: King’s College requires a Critical Reading Sub Score of 500 to satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement.

All test scores must be submitted directly to King’s College from the testing agency and must be less than 3 years old.

 

English Language Proficiency Waiver Options:

Waiver Option A.: You have attended a U.S. high school that is regionally accredited in the U.S. for 3 or more years with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4 point scale).

Waiver Option B.: You have attended a U.S. regionally accredited college/university and have completed English 101 and 102 with a minimum 3.0 for each course and have 30 semester transferrable credits.

Waiver Option C.: You have attended a U.S. regionally accredited college/university and have completed an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science,  a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Waiver Option D.: You are a native of one of the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, British Guyana, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad, Tobago or Zambia.

 

Foreign Credential Evaluation:

All applicants must provide complete, official academic records from secondary and post-secondary schools. Secondary and post-secondary school transcripts, if not originally in English, must be translated, evaluated by and submitted to King’s by an accredited credentialing service agency (e.g., World Education Services, WES). Credentialing agencies used by the applicant must be a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services).

 

Declaration of Finances (for International Students)

All international applicants are required to complete the Declaration and Certification of Finances Form.

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Admission Procedures - International Students

International students who wish to apply to the graduate programs in health care administration or education must meet all of the admission requirements listed above. An interview with the director of the program is also required. Proficiency in both written and spoken English is required for admission. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency before being considered for admission.

 

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