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Graduate Application Procedure

Step-by-Step Application Procedure:

The MSHCA, MSHCA Accelerated Program & MSN/MSHCA application procedure consists of a few simple steps. Provided below are guides for both the domestic and international application process.  Before you begin, read the following requirements to determine which process applies to you.

Program Requirements:

MSHCA Program Requirements:

The minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement for the MSHCA graduate study program is 3.0 based upon your Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Your GPA is determined by the last 60 units of your undergraduate study, with a minimum of 9 units of course work to include: financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics (these course my be in progress while applying to the program). The minimum university requirement for the TOEFL score is 80. The GMAT/GRE score is evaluated in comparison to the strength of the entire application.  The total score should represent a good balance between the quantitative and verbal sections. Please note: the GRE/GMAT should have been taken during the last two years. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

MSHCA Accelerated Program Requirements:

The MSHCA Accelerated Program also requires a 3.0 GPA. Three years of experience in a health care or health-related organization or business environment is also required. Undergraduate preparation should include course work in financial accounting, microeconomics, information systems, and statistics (these courses may be in progress while applying to the program). MSHCA-AP applicants are not required to take the GRE/GMAT.

Due to VISA regulations most International students are not eligible to apply to the MSHCA – Accelerated Program.  Contact the Center for International Education if you have any further questions. http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/international/

Students must successfully complete the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and submit quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). 

The GRE/GMAT score is evaluated in comparison to the strength of the entire application.  The total score should represent a good balance between the quantitative and verbal sections.  Please note: the GRE or GMAT should have been taken during the last two years. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Who should use the domestic application procedure?
US citizens or permanent residents who have their bachelor's degree from a US accredited university should follow the domestic application procedure.

Who should use the international application procedure?
Anyone with a bachelor's degree from a foreign university, or any foreign student should follow the international application procedure

Domestic Application Procedure for MSHCA Degrees:

Please note: There are two separate applications required for admission to our program.

  1. The first step is to submit a university application. Apply online through CSUMentor. Students must apply to the University prior to departmental consideration of their eligibility.
  2. The second step is to submit the HCA departmental application (to download application click link MSHCA Application Form). Next, send your resume, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation (electronic copies are not accepted), and GRE/GMAT scores to:

     

    Department of Health Care Administration

    California State University, Long Beach

    1250 Bellflower 1250 Bellflower Blvd.

    Long Beach CA 90840 -4903

 

University Admissions Checklist:

  • University Application
  • (Note: This is a separate application from the HCA Department Application)
  • Official Transcripts (one copy)
  • Application Fee of $55 made out to CSULB

HCA Department Checklist:

  • Department Application
  • GRE/GMAT Score (traditional program)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of Recommendation (for instructions see below)
  • Personal Statement

Recommendation Letter Instructions:

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 letter in an envelope, seal and sign it. One of the three recommenders will also need to include a letter of recommendation on letterhead. 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.

International Application Procedure for MSHCA Degrees:

Please note: There are two separate applications required for admission to the Department of Health Care Administration.

  1. The first is to submit a university application.  The app

    ication is available in PDF format online through CSUMentor,or in additional electronic formats through our CIE office. An admissions application booklet can also be requested  by calling the Center for International Admissions at (562) 985-5476.  For more information about studying at CSULB, visit our Center for International Students Web Site.

  2. The second step is to submit an HCA department application. Next, send us a copy of your resume, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendations (electronic copies are not accepted), and GMAT/GRE scores to: CSULB, Department of Health Care Administration, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach CA 90840-4903.

HCA Department Checklist:

  • Department Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of Recommendation (see instructions above).
  • GRE/GMAT Score (traditional program)

International Checklist:

  • Completed University application form
  • Application processing fee (US$55.00)
  • 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

Upon completion of the application and receipt of all documents, the admissions check will be completed. Those students who are granted admission will receive an acceptance notice and either a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) or an IAP-66 form.

Application Deadlines:

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline for your file to be evaluated.  For all Graduate Programs the application dealine is April 15 before the Fall semester for which you are applying. This includes the traditional MSHCA, Certificate, and Accelerated MSHCA programs. Students applying to the MSN//MSHCA program should checking with the School of Nursing for application deadlines. International student deadlines are usually earlier. Please check with the CIE Office for deadlines. There are no exceptions or conditional admits.

GRE/GMAT testing is required for all HCA graduate programs except the MSHCA Accelerated Program. This requirement can only be waived for applicants who have previously earned a doctoral degree; there are no other exceptions.  We recommend that you take a comprehensive preparation course that simulates this computer-based test. GRE/GMAT scores are valid for 2 years.  You may take the GRE/GMAT as frequently as you wish and we will evaluate your highest set of scores. For more information about the test, you can contact GRE or GMAT directly.

TOEFL testing is required for international applicants.  The minimum university requirement for the TOEFL paperbased 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.