Graduate Assistant Opportunities

Department—Health Administration, Charlotte Campus
GA classification: Administrative
Contact person: Ankshika Punj
Telephone number: 704-945-7310
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Department—Academic, RTP Campus
GA classification: Administrative
Contact person:  Bennie Felts
Telephone number: (919) 941-2920 x2927
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Department—Business, Charlotte Campus
GA classification: Administrative
Contact person: Brad Frazier
Telephone number: 704-945-7336
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Department—Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Charlotte Campus
GA Classification: Administrative
Contact Person: Jenny Haines
Telephone: 704-945-7324
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Graduate Assistantships

Pfeiffer University offers graduate assistantships in many departments and offices on campus. Teaching, administrative and research positions are available.

Students interested in an assistantship will need to apply directly to any department or office they wish to work for. The following departments or offices may have open positions.

Types of Positions

Teaching (Full-Time) Teaching (Part-Time)
Work 20 hours/week Work 10 hours/week
Receive tuition waiver for up to 6 credit hours Receive tuition credit for up to 3 credit hours
Stipend: TBD Stipend: TBD
Administrative (Full-Time) Administrative (Part-Time)
Work 20 hours/week Work 10 hours/week
Hourly Rate: Determined by department Hourly Rate: Determined by department
Research (Full-Time) Research (Part-Time)
Work 20 hours/week Work 10 hours/week
Receive tuition waiver for up to 6 credit hours Receive tuition credit for up to 3 credit hours
Stipend: TBD Stipend: TBD

 

2012-2013 Hourly Wage
Minimum-$7.50
Maximum-$15.00

Application Process

Select the position you are interested in then complete and submit the application.

Assistantship departments contact applicants directly to set up interviews. If you are selected for an assistantship, the department draws up contract materials and forwards them to the Office of Academic Affairs. After you sign the contract and complete the tax forms, return them immediately to the assistantship department so information can be entered into the payroll system.

Questions concerning your assistantship should be made directly to the assistantship department.

Requirements

All graduate assistants:

  • Must be admitted to a graduate degree program
  • Must be enrolled full-time and taking at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher

Policies and Forms

 

Degrees Offered

Business

Joint Degree

Education

Health

Marriage and Family Therapy

Practical Theology

Note: It is the policy of Pfeiffer University to provide opportunity for formal complaints from students, staff, and the community. You will find the policy and complaint form on the Provost's page.

Graduate Admissions at Pfeiffer University

 

Admission to Pfeiffer University's School of Graduate Studies is streamlined. We base admissions decisions on completion of the applicant's file including:

  • Completed application for admissions
  • Official undergraduate transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended
  • Letters of recommendation

Additionally, each degree program has specific requirements which may include a graduate admissions test, completion of undergraduate prerequisites, and interview.

We process all submitted applications but consider those received after the published priority deadline on a space available or special exception basis. We evaluate each application on an individual basis. The Admissions Committee looks for evidence of the applicant's ability to do well in graduate study.

Priority Graduate Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer
All majors except MFT* July 1 November 15 April 1

*MFT majors should consult the MFT section of the website for more details.

Veterans, please see our Military Benefits Page for special programs.

If you have specific questions concerning admissions at the Charlotte Campus, please contact Jonathan Beam, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (704) 945-7357 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Michelle Inman, Marketing & Enrollment Outreach Specialist, at (704) 945-7351 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

For inquiries about admissions at the Raleigh campus, contact Lee Drum, Marketing & Enrollment, at (919) 238-2400 ext. 2425 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Global Learning Experiences

Pfeiffer University
Department of Health Administration
MHA 676 / MHA 698 Comparative International Health
General Information

MHA 676 is a required core course in the MHA and Dual Degree MBA/MHA Curricula. MHA 698 is an optional course that students who are enrolled in the Dual Degree MBA/MHA may take in satisfaction of one of the MBA electives.

The requirements for MHA 676 / MHA 698 may be satisfied in one of two ways:

  1. Travelling to either Austria, Canada, England or Germany and actively participating in scheduled presentations and tours related to the health service system of the country being visited. An informal educational journal of approximately 8 – 10 pages in length {double spaced) that includes reflections on presentations and tours will be submitted after the trip is concluded.
  2. Writing a formal paper on an international health topic. The paper must closely adhere to either APA or MLA guidelines. It should be approximately 25 pages in length, double spaced. The topic must be approved in advance by the designated faculty person. It must address either the management or policy aspects of the topic under consideration.

MHA 676 and MHA 698 are three semester courses. Students register one time and pay one time but the referenced journal / paper may be submitted up until two weeks prior to the end of the third semester of registration.

The cost of a given trip is a combination of (1) the established Charlotte Campus tuition rate for the semester of registration and (2) a surcharge (lab fee) that, when added to the tuition, will cover the true costs of the trip. The budget for each trip is computed each year to keep costs down as much as possible. Exact trip costs typically will not be available until about three weeks prior to the orientation session for the trip.

Specific details about each trip are provided at an orientation session that is typically held on the Charlotte Campus approximately a month and a half after the semester of registration begins. Attendance at this session which is held on a Saturday is mandatory.

General details about each trip are as follows:

  1. England is exclusively a fall semester registration.The trip is planned for a period of ten days and it typically begins on a Thursday of the first week of January.
  2. Austria, Canada and Germany are exclusively spring semester registrations. Austria and Germany are eight day trips and Canada is a ten day trip. The trips to Canada and Germany typically take place in mid May. The trip to Austria typically takes place in mid August. Specific departure dates vary from year to year depending on the academic calendar (the trips take place between semesters).

Grades typically are reported within seven days of the receipt of the educational journal or formal paper as the case may be. In all cases grades will be reported no earlier or later than the end of the semester in which the journal or paper is received. This means that grades (depending on when the journal or paper is received) will be reported no earlier than as shown below:

  1. England: End of the Spring Semester
  2. Canada: End of the Summer Semester
  3. Germany: End of the Summer Semester
  4. Austria: End of the Fall Semester

Note that graduation for those who register for these courses at the end of their plan of study cannot occur until the end of the semester shown above. It is not possible for a student who actually travels to receive a grade for the course until the end of the semester following the dates of travel.

 

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For Fall 2011, Pfeiffer University is going to France from October 15-22, 2011.  Download the itinerary.  Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Customized Courses

Customized Courses for Public Service MBA

Required Core Courses (27 credits)

  • Organizational Communications - Written and oral communications; interpersonal and organizational communications; human relations and ethical considerations.  
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior - Individual behavior, group processes, organizational structure and design; conflict, influence and power, decision making.  
  • Quantitative Decision Making - Statistics and mathematical methods for decision-making.
  • Managerial Accounting - The use of accounting information for budgeting, financial analysis, planning, control and decision-making.  
  • Managerial Economics - Analytical tools and concepts from economic theory as they pertain to human behavior, group processes, and decision-making.
  • Managerial Finance - Analysis of investment opportunities, financial forecasting, and the sociopolitical environment of budgeting decisions.
  • Marketing Management - Client focused planning and decision-making; an integrated approach to public relations, media management, and using communications for influence.
  • Strategic Management - Managing departments and organizations for the long run; planned change and sustainable development; integration of knowledge from previous courses.
  • Legal and Ethical Environment - Survey of legal and ethical issues related to managing individuals and organizations in both the market and the public sectors.

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Class members and administrators will choose three electives from the following list of available classes:

  • Management of Technology
  • Managerial Negotiations
  • Leadership, Ethics and Community
  • Human Resource Management
  • Seminar in Public Safety Management
  • Project in Public Safety Management

Example Plan of Study for MBA Students

Plan of Study for MBA students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 601 Organizational Communications
MBA 602 Organizational Behavior

Semester 2

MBA 603 Quantitative Decision Making
MBA or MSL Elective

Semester 3

MBA 607 Marketing Management
MBA 605 Managerial Economics

Semester 4

MBA 604 Managerial Accounting
MBA 640 Legal Environment of Business

Semester 5

MBA 606 Managerial Finance
MBA or MSL Elective

Semester 6

MBA 608 Strategic Management
MBA or MSL Elective


Advising notes:

1. Students have three electives.
2. We strongly encourage students to take MBA 601, 602, and 603 at the beginning of their program. These courses provide the foundation for success in later courses.
3. Once MBA 601, 602, 603 are completed, electives and all courses except MBA 608 (the capstone course) may be taken in a sequence other than the one shown above.

Example Plan of Study for MHA Students

Example Plan of Study for MHA students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 601 Organizational Communications
MHA 650 Contemporary Health Administration

Semester 2

MHA 675 Health Services Policy
MHA 673 Legal Ethical Environment of Health
MHA 676 Comparative International Health **


Semester 3

MHA 651 Health Economics *
MHA 653 Health Services Marketing
MHA 690 Field Practicum in Health Admin ***

Semester 4

MHA 652 Health Services Financial Management
MSL Selective

Semester 5

MHA 677 Health Services Information Management
MHA 672 Strategic Hlth. Services Management

Advising Notes:

*MHA 651 requires Macroeconomics and Microeconomics as a prerequisite.

**MHA 676 is a highlight of the program wherein students travel to either Germany or Canada between the spring and summer semesters, Austria between the summer and fall semesters, or the United Kingdom between the fall and spring semesters. While on the trip, which averages 10 days, students are exposed to both business and health care operations in the those countries. Cost for the trip is underwritten through a special Pfeiffer University account. Currently, students pay tuition for the course and a supplement to offset remaining travel costs. The course can be taken in either January or May, at any point in the curriculum.

***MHA 690 is an applied field experience (internship) in which individual students undertake a practical work-related project under the general direction of the Program Director and the specific guidance of a field preceptor of the student's selection. There are no classroom sessions per se for this course, and most of the work is accomplished in the field. The course normally is taken during the third semester in the program and may be completed in that semester or within two semesters.

Example Plan of Study for MSL Students

Example Plan of Study for MSL students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 701 Organizational Communications
MSL 702 Organizational Behavior

Semester 2

MSL 710 Effective Leadership 
MSL 715 Critical Thinking for Continuous Improvement or MSL 720 Managing a Diverse Workforce

Semester 3

MSL 712 Ethical Behavior and Employment Law
MSL 730 Human Resource Management  

Semester 4

MSL 740 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
MSL 750 Organizational Change Management

Semester 5

MSL 751 Change Strategies for High Performance Teams and Organizations
MSL 790 Applied Field Project

Semester 6

MSL 799 Strategic Management
MSL Elective


Advising Notes:

1. Taking MSL 702 in your first semester is crucial for later success in this program.
2. There is some flexibility in the sequence of courses; however, please note:

A. MSL 790 takes two semesters to complete. We recommend you start MSL 790 in your second-to-last semester.
B. MSL 799 is the capstone course in the program.

Example Plan of Study for MBA/MHA Students

Example Plan of Study for MBA/MHA students

Example only. Your cohort may or may not be following this plan of study.

Semester 1

MBA 601 Organizational Communications
MHA 650 Contemporary Health Administration

Semester 2

MHA 675 Health Services Policy
MHA 673 Legal Ethical Environment of Health

Semester 3

MHA 651 Health Economics *
MHA 653 Health Services Marketing
MHA 676 Comparative International Health **

Semester 4

MHA 652 Health Services Financial Management
MSL Elective #1

Semester 5

MHA 677 Health Services Information Management
MHA 672 Strategic Hlth. Services Management
MHA 690 Field Practicum in Health Administration ***

Semester 6

MBA 603 Quantitative Decision Making
MBA 602 Organizational Behavior

Semester 7

MSL Elective #2
MBA 604 Managerial Accounting

Semester 8

MBA Elective #1
MBA Elective #2

 

Advising Notes:

*MHA 651 requires Microeconomics as a prerequisite.

**MHA 676 is a highlight of the program wherein students travel to either Germany or Canada between the spring and summer semesters, Austria between the summer and fall semesters, or the United Kingdom between the fall and spring semesters. While on the trip, which averages 10 days, students are exposed to both business and health care operations in the those countries. Cost for the trip is underwritten through a special Pfeiffer University account. Currently, students pay tuition for the course and a supplement to offset remaining travel costs. The course can be taken in either January or May, at any point in the curriculum.

***MHA 690 is an applied field experience (internship) in which individual students undertake a practical work-related project under the general direction of the Program Director and the specific guidance of a field preceptor of the student's selection. There are no classroom sessions per se for this course, and most of the work is accomplished in the field. The course normally is taken during the third semester in the program and may be completed in that semester or within two semesters.

Example Plans of Study

Here are example of plans of study for graduate business students:

MBA - Master of Business Administration
MHA - Master of Health Administration
MSL - Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Change
Dual Degree MBA/MHA
Dual Degree MBA/MSL