Frequently Asked Questions About the Online HECOR Program

Xavier’s online master’s degree program in health economics and clinical outcomes research is a unique, rigorous program that prepares data-loving individuals for high-demand careers in the healthcare industry. Learn more about the online HECOR program here to find out if it’s a good fit for your educational and career goals.

If I am accepted in the online program, can I take on-campus courses if I choose to?


Is an interview a required part of the application process?

Yes; however, we only schedule interviews with applicants who we feel are qualified after an initial review of their application.

How long will I have to wait to find out if I am accepted once my application is complete and all materials in the application file are received?

Applications are reviewed as they are completed. Students will know within 2 to 3 days of filing their completed application if they are approved for an interview. Students will find out if they are accepted into the program within 2 to 3 weeks of the interview.

How long does a student have to enroll after receiving an offer to join the program?

Students are encouraged to enroll at least one week before the class start date. However, cohort size is limited to approximately 15 students. A student can commit and hold his or her place by communicating directly with the program administrator and by registering for classes and paying the Bursar.

How close to the start date can a student register?

Students must register one week prior to class start unless given special approval by the program director.

When can I start the program in the coming year?

We have program start dates in August and January of each year.

Can students transfer credits into the program? If so, please describe.

Students may be able to transfer up to 6 credit hours upon approval by the program director, department chair and university. Students desiring to transfer credit for advanced standing must meet with the program director prior to the start of their first course to review the request.

Is this a part-time or full-time program?

The 39-hour program is designed to be completed in 2 years with 2 to 3 courses (6 to 8 credit hours) per semester, including summer. This will be part-time for most students.

What is the maximum number of courses a student can take in each session?

Students can take up to three courses per session.

What is the shortest/longest time to get a degree? Does the program allow flexibility if I need to step out of the program due to life events?

The program is designed to be completed in 2 years.

The program must be completed within 6 years per Xavier University standards.

Will students be expected to participate at specific times during the courses?

Participation expectations vary by professor. Students are not required to log in at specific times during most courses. However, professors have the option of including mandatory or optional log in times for online sessions in their courses.

How are the classes structured?

The online courses include components such as readings, activities, video lectures, discussion boards and other peer interaction, tests, quizzes, and group projects. Most courses do not include mandatory log in times; however, they are synchronously paced – students progress through the course together according to the scheduled course content and activities.

Are there group projects?

Yes, HECOR students will have the opportunity to participate in interprofessional online work to gain experiential learning that complements coursework and demonstrate mastery of project management skills that are crucial to postgraduate success.

Are there any computer or software requirements?

Students should have their own computer with a webcam, the full Microsoft Office Suite, and high-speed internet connection. Access to SAS (Cary, NC) is provided without charge to Xavier students through the use of Virtual Desktop. Some courses may require additional software that, similar to textbooks, students must purchase for personal use. Generally, these software packages have academic pricing that is comparable to a textbook price.

What software is used to conduct and manage classes?

Xavier uses CANVAS.

What is the time commitment for the program per week?

You should expect to dedicate about 20 hours per week on average. Please note that some weeks may require more hours and others may require fewer.

Do the professors offer virtual office hours?

Office hours vary with each faculty member, but all Xavier faculty members make themselves available to students through other options such as phone, chat, email, text, etc.