Program FAQs

1. Where do I obtain information on taking the GRE or GMAT?
2. What is the difference between the GRE and GMAT?
3. Which entrance examination do I need to take?
4. Are resources available for improving my GRE or GMAT scores?
5. How many MHA slots are available?
6. How many MHA/MBA slots are available?
7. When may I apply for an MHA/MBA slot?
8. Do I have to work for the federal government to apply for the program?
9. Does the program accept transfer credit?
10. Are there prerequisites for the program?
11. Will housing be provided?
12. Where are classes conducted?
13. How are residencies determined?
14. What are some of the Residency sites available?
15. What if I am a civilian and want to know more about entering the Army-Baylor MHA/MBA program?
16. What is the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society and how do I apply?




1. Where do I obtain information on taking the GRE or GMAT?
We recommend contacting a local testing site to obtain information on testing dates, times, and costs. A general Internet search should yield such information.

2. What is the difference between the GRE and GMAT?
The GRE is offered year-round and tests potential graduate students in four areas: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Test-takers receive three scores: one each for verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is primarily a computer-based test. It can be given on paper, however, if the computer-based test is not available. The test costs approximately $140. The GMAT tests verbal, math and analytical skills in three sections: analytical writing assessment, quantitative, and verbal. Test-takers receive four scores: one for each section, plus a total score. You will also receive a percentile rank for each score. Then you will know the percentage of test-takers in the past three years who received a lower score. The cost of the test is approximately $250.

3. Which entrance examination do I need to take?
For the MHA-only degree option, both the GRE and the GMAT are accepted by the Baylor University Graduate School for admission. The minimum acceptable GRE score is 300, while the minimum GMAT score is 525. The minimum acceptable GMAT score for the joint MHA/MBA degree option is 575. Baylor University will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT for the joint MHA/MBA. The minimum required score is 310 on the GRE.

4. Are resources available for improving my GRE or GMAT scores?
Free resources are available and may assist you in preparing for entrance examinations. We recommend attempting practice tests under simulated conditions so as to identify areas requiring further preparation. Preplanning and preparation, as with simulations, may save valuable time and money spent in re-taking exams. Resources, including test simulations, may be found by visiting: www.gre.org or www.kaptest.com.

5. How many MHA slots are available?
We have 60 slots allocated per annum for which we accept students from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense (federal employees assigned to Army medical commands). We currently fill slightly more than 80% of all available slots; therefore, we strive to maximize attendance while adhering to historically high admittance standards.

6. How many MHA/MBA slots are available?
We may enroll a maximum of 30 students into the joint MHA/MBA Program. However, availability does not guarantee admission. Students must meet minimum standards, as outlined above, and are screened prior to acceptance.

7. When may I apply for an MHA/MBA slot?
You may apply for an MHA/MBA slot during the long-term schooling application process. Once the incoming class arrives at Ft Sam Houston, open slots are filled on a competitive basis from within the MHA student population. When classes begin, the window for MHA/MBA admissions is closed.

8. Do I have to work for the federal government to apply for the program?
Yes, under the current structure, all of our students derive from federal health sector: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veterans Affairs, and Army-employed civilians.

9. Does the program accept transfer credit?
The Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration does NOT accept transfer credit.

10. Are there prerequisites for the program?
Although there are no prerequisites for the program, faculty have developed a statistics primer. A distance learning experience, this primer has proven most useful to incoming students who will be taking Quantitative Analysis I during the first semester. Information regarding the course is forwarded to all students approximately 6-8 weeks prior to beginning the program in mid-June.

11. Will housing be provided?
Housing is not provided for federal civilian employees. Military personnel may apply for on-post housing; however, because this is considered a PCS move for only a year, the chance of receiving on-post housing is low. Please contact the Fort Sam Houston Housing Office for more information.

12. Where are classes conducted?
All classes are conducted at the AMEDD Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio, Texas. With regard to the joint MHA/MBA program, however, three (3) distance learning courses are required during the residency year. Administrative Residencies are conducted at healthcare facilities worldwide.

13. How are residencies determined?
The Chairman of the Residency Committee and Service Deputies (Air Force & Navy) meet with all students from the class to determine the professional and personal needs of each student and tailor the residency experience appropriately. Residency sites are determined using a number of different factors: service affiliation needs and specifications, consultant or specialty leader input, family requirements, personal experience, and individual career aspirations. The Chair of the Residency Committee seeks to have residency locations finalized by December of the didactic year to maximize planning time for each student and facilitate coordination for an appropriate Preceptor at each host site.

14. What are some of the Residency sites available?
The number of Residency sites available to Baylor students has grown to encompass some of the leading health care facilities in the World. Beyond the existing MHS flagship hospitals (e.g., Madigan, Tripler, BAMC, Landstuhl, San Diego, Bethesda, etc), the current portfolio of options also includes The Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, The Cleveland Clinic, Baptist Health, Kaiser Permanente and several others.

15. What if I am a civilian and want to know more about entering the Army-Baylor MHA/MBA program?
Contact Ms. JoAnn S. Cyr at (210) 221-7269 or email: joanne.s.cyr.civ@mail.mil.

16. What is the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society and how do I apply?
Upsilon Phi Delta (UPD) is a national honor society in health administration sponsored by the Association of University Professsors in Health Administration (AUPHA) - the major professional organization in health administration. To be eligible for membership, a student or alumnus must be in good standing with the program, be recommended by the program director, and have acheived a 3.5 GPA. For application form, contact Ms. Rene L. Pryor, Education and Training Technician.

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