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Exec MS Program-Manhattan FAQ


What is the application deadline for this program?

Admission into this 12-month Executive Master of Science in Health Systems-Manhattan Program is done on a rolling basis with early applications encouraged. Enrollment is limited, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

What type of Master’s do I receive?

Based on your educational background, the SSIE Department will determine if your degree will be a Master of Science in Systems Science or a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Both degrees will provide you with a Health Systems Concentration.

What are the benefits for me earning this type of degree as opposed to the more traditional Master’s Program?

This program is designed to provide the working professional who already has a Bachelor's Degree an opportunity to gain sufficient knowledge and skills for modeling, analyzing and/or designing healthcare delivery systems and processes. It is designed with a focus on using systems science and industrial and systems engineering concepts to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, timeliness, safety, and quality, etc., of healthcare delivery systems: anything that falls under the umbrella of process and operational excellence (or management or health systems engineering, as they are often referred to at some health/hospital systems). 

What are the admission requirements for this program?

Individuals must have received their bachelor’s degree. Participants must be highly motivated and interested in health systems. The Graduate Director will evaluate your application package, including transcripts, personal statement, test scores (if applicable; please see below), and letters of recommendation.

Am I required to take the GRE exam?

An acceptable Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required. However, a request to waive the GRE requirement may be made. The request should be included in the application package and must be reviewed/approved by the Graduate Director. If you request a waiver, you may want to visit the GRE website that indicates the types of skills/knowledge the GRE emphasizes and then justify in your waiver request why you believe you possess these skills/knowledge based on courses, work experiences, etc.

Am I required to take the TOEFL?

TOEFL is not required if you have received a college degree from a US institution or if you have received a degree from an institution in a country whose native language is English.

What are the tuition costs and fees for this program?

This Executive Master’s Program is very affordable. The tuition cost (including books) for student entering the program is $34,500 and is payable in installments of $11,500. In addition to the $34,500, a $500 orientation fee is payable no later than one month after admissions notification. This $500 covers the costs of meals and lodging during the 3-day required orientation on the Binghamton University campus.

When and where are the classes held?

Classes are scheduled on Saturday’s in midtown Manhattan at the SUNY Global Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Please note that a 3-day weekend orientation is conducted in April that is held on the Binghamton University Campus.

How many hours per week should I expect to spend on the course outside of the classroom?

Participants, on the average, spend approximately 10-20 hours per week outside of the classroom. This time may be spent in readings, studying, writing, team meetings, and presentation preparation.

Will I need a laptop, calculator or any other technology for this program?

Students will need to bring a laptop equipped with word processing, spreadsheet and Internet capabilities. A calculator is recommended, but not required.

What is the typical profile of students enrolling in this program?

The student demographics vary significantly -- from fresh BS/BA/MS/MA/MBA graduates to senior professionals who are looking for a change or advancement in their career, an advanced degree, better opportunities, etc. Educational backgrounds also vary and include engineering and non-engineering disciplines.

What are some types of positions generally held by graduates of this program?

While the positions vary significantly, some position titles held by our graduates include: Management or Health Systems Engineers/Analysts/Professionals; Business Analysts; Quality Improvement Specialists; Management or Health Systems Engineering Directors; Healthcare Business Analytics/Intelligence Specialist or Director, etc. Some positions are technical and others are not; some individuals have an interest and focus on software and again, others are more interested in process and quality improvements.    This program is intended to make you well-rounded and to enter the work force with a complete set of skills that will allow you to be effective almost immediately upon hire. Some skills that will prove to be beneficial to you include: systems science and industrial/systems engineering problem solving tools and solution methodologies with emphasis on ways to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, quality, timeliness of healthcare delivery; qualitative and quantitative methods to study, model, analyze, and improve health systems, etc.  The skills and knowledge obtained through this program allow you to be versatile in your career and career choices.

How can I obtain additional information on this program?

Any questions may be directed to Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh or Erin Hornbeck.

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Last Updated: 11/27/13