Master of Health Studies
Regulations effective September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.
Program students are enrolled in any of the degrees, diplomas, or certificates offered by Athabasca University. Students who change from non-program to a program category may use credits earned while in the unclassified category provided the course(s) meet the program requirements, including any restrictions on the age of a course, if applicable.
In keeping with Athabasca University’s mandate of open access, residency requirements for the Master of Health Studies program are satisfied when the student has successfully completed 18 credits in MHST/NURS graduate courses through Athabasca University. The remaining credits may be transferred from other institutions, provided they are applicable to the student’s program.
The MHS program is composed of a total of 33 credits: 11 courses in the course-based route, or 8 courses in the thesis-based route.
Students may choose from a course-based or thesis-based route.
- Course-based route: Students complete four core courses, five curriculum courses and two elective courses. Students may elect to complete a focus area.
- Thesis-based route: Students complete two core courses, two curriculum courses, one elective, and three thesis-related courses. Students may elect to complete a focus area.
Students must complete the MHS program requirements within seven years of their initial admission to the program.
To maintain program status, course-based students must successfully complete six credits of course work during each academic year (September 1 to August 31). Students who do not meet the requirements for maintaining program status will be withdrawn from the program. If a student is unable and not expected to make progress in the program, the student may request a deferral in order to suspend the program requirements for a period of time by submitting a Deferral Request form. The maximum length of one deferral is one (1) year. In special circumstances, students may reapply for a second year of deferral during their time in their program.
Thesis-based students must also successfully complete six credits of course work during each academic year (September 1 to August 31) to maintain program status. Students who do not meet the requirements for maintaining program status will be withdrawn from the program.
Students may withdraw from their program by submitting a Program Withdrawal form. Students who withdraw may re-apply to the program by following the regular application procedures. Students re-applying to a graduate program will be competing against all other applicants and will not receive special consideration.
Two failures in one or more courses will result in the automatic removal of the student from the program with no option for re-admission to FHD graduate programs.
The MHS program does not have candidacy exams, therefore the use of MHS (C) during your program is not permitted. When you have completed your program of study, applied to graduate, and your degree has been conferred, you may use the relevant credential: MHS. You may use this credential only after the degree is conferred.
To be awarded the MHS degree, a student must:
- successfully complete the program requirements. Students must achieve an overall average of B- (70 per cent) to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for all graduate MHST courses is C- (60 per cent), with the exception of those graded on a pass/fail basis.
- complete and submit an Application for Graduation Form to the Office of the Registrar and
- meet all other regulations and requirements. In addition, students must have paid all necessary fees owed to the University and have returned all library resources.
Information effective Sept. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2020.