Profiles Of Non-Traditional Adult MHA And MBA Students And Their Choice Of Degree Program

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David Williams, Professor of Healthcare Management (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The present study examines non-traditional, adult graduate students' demographic profile, and relates this to their enrollment in a master's degree program of study. We survey 407 students enrolled in either a master of business, healthcare, leadership, or a combination program offered by a Southern university at two different campuses. Our findings show greater diversity than earlier research: MHA students had a demographic profile indicating that they enrolled in their graduate program when, on average, they were older as compared to students in the other graduate programs at the university; and the MHA students reported average incomes higher than the students in other graduate programs, with MBA students entering at an earlier age, and earlier in their career when compared to the other programs. Our findings are useful to academicians and employers wanting to discern the demographic profile of non-traditional healthcare and business graduate students, and how this relates to their program of study.

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Frazier, Bradford R., Young, Carlton C., & Williams, David R. (2012). Profiles of Non-traditional Adult MHA and MBA Students and Their Choice of Degree Program. Journal of Health Administration Education, Volume 29, Number 3, Summer 2012, pp. 195-218(24). Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2012
MHA, MBA, graduate students, demographic profile, healthcare, business, graduate programs

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