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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Our Graduate Application Procedure


APPLICATION DEADLINE

All MSHCA and MSHCA-AP application materials must be received within the October 1st-April 15th window preceding the fall semester for which the student is applying. (Note: International student application deadlines may be earlier. Please contact the Center for International Education office for deadline information.) There are no exceptions or conditional admits.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
(Both MSHCA and MSHCA-AP Degree Programs)

All applicants for either the traditional or accelerated MSHCA graduate program are required to meet the following minimum requirements for admissions consideration:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last sixty units of undergraduate study. (Accomplished candidates with a GPA slightly less than a 3.0 will also be considered for admission.) 

  2. At least nine units in financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics.  All of which must be completed before the first semester of graduate study (but may be in progress during the application process) and must be taken within the last ten years. Note: a passing grade in the CLEP exam will fulfill our accounting and microeconomics prerequisites.

  3. A minimum of five years of work experience in the health care industry or the submission of GRE or GMAT test scores (must be current within the last two years) to the CSULB HCA office.

Attention, International Applicants: Due to VISA regulations, most international students may not eligible to apply to the accelerated version of this degree program; please contact the Center for International Education if you have any further questions.

We strongly recommend that applicants with little-to-no work experience in the health care industry apply for admission into the MSHCA traditional program, the structure of our accelerated program tends to be ideal for those currently working in the health care industry.


APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR BOTH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

US citizens or permanent residents who have their bachelor's degree from a US-accredited university should follow the domestic application procedure; applicants with a bachelor's degree from a foreign university (or any foreign applicant) should follow the international application procedure.


DOMESTIC STUDENTS:

Step One: Submit a university application via CalStateApply. Note: Students must apply to the University prior to departmental consideration of their eligibility. An application fee of $55, payable to CSULB, and an official, sealed transcript may be required to complete your application to CSULB.

Step Two: Submit the HCA departmental application along with your résumé, a statement of purpose/personal statement, three official letters of recommendation (no electronic copies), and GRE/GMAT/CLEP scores (if applicable) to:

    Department of Health Care Administration
    California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    Mailstop 4904 
    Long Beach, CA 90840-0001

About Letters of Recommendation: Electronic copies of letters of recommendation are not accepted. Please give your recommenders a copy of the form attached to the application to complete. They will put the form in an envelope, seal and sign it. One of the three recommenders will also need to include a letter of recommendation on letterhead with the form. The letters may be returned to you to include in your application packet or mailed directly to us. If your recommender is mailing the letter directly to the department, please let the department know. Your letters of recommendation should be from your employer, past employer, or someone who knows your academic abilities.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

Step One: Submit a university application via CalStateApply. For additional information, please contact the Center for International Education (CIE) at (562) 985-5476. Note: Students must apply to the University prior to departmental consideration of their eligibility.

The following items may be required by CSULB from International applicants:

      • Application processing fee ($55.00 USD).
      • Official original TOEFL Score.
      • Affidavit of Financial Support form.
      • Bank statement/letter from financial sponsor.
      • Official academic records (and English translations).
      • Immigration documentation (if applying within the United States).

Step Two: Submit the HCA departmental application along with your résumé, a statement of purpose/personal statement, three official letters of recommendation (no electronic copies), and GRE/GMAT/CLEP scores (if applicable) to:

    Department of Health Care Administration
    California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA 90840-4904

About Letters of Recommendation: Electronic copies of letters of recommendation are not accepted. You will give your recommenders a copy of the form attached to the application to complete. They will put the form in an envelope, seal and sign it. One of the three recommenders will also need to include a letter of recommendation on letterhead with the form. The letters may be returned to you to include in your application packet or mailed directly to us. If your recommender is mailing the letter directly to the department, let the department know. Your letters of recommendation should be from your employer, past employer, or someone who knows your academic abilities.


Testing Requirements

Depending on the length of your work experience in the health care industry, GRE/GMAT testing may be required for admission into our MSHCA program. (This requirement can be waived for those applicants with completed doctorate degrees.)  If you elect to take these tests more than once, please know that we will use your highest set of scores for your graduate application.

Two prerequisite courses can be met by taking the CLEP exam: financial accounting and microeconomics. Students must have a score of 50 or higher to pass the exam and received credit for the prerequisite.  It is suggested that the prerequisite course is completed and not the CLEP exam if a student has never taken an accounting or economics course. For students who completed prerequisites ten or more years ago, the CLEP exam is recommended to ensure that the student is prepared to begin the program.

TOEFL testing is required for international applicants.  The minimum university requirement for the TOEFL paper-based score is 550 and the TOEFL internet based score is 80.  The TOEFL requirement can only be waived for applicants with a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited US university. For more information on fees, preparation and locations, visit the TOEFL web site.