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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Master of Science
in Health Care Administration


Program Information for the MSHCA (Code HCA_MS01)

The Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA) curriculum consists of forty-five (45) units of course work. Required courses cover the essential functions of management and critical aspects of the US health care system. Electives, tailored to students' learning goals, include courses in health care site specialization and other academic disciplines. Courses are offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, at both 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

The Department of Health Care Administration at CSULB has established affiliations with a large number of regional health care facilities that furnish internship sites, field trip settings, personnel resources, and adjunct faculty. The MSHCA program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).


Degree Prerequisites

The following CSULB prerequisites must be completed before starting HCA graduate study:

    • Financial Accounting: ACCT 201 or the equivalent.
    • Microeconomics: ECON 101 or ECON 300 or the equivalent
    • Introductory Statistics: IS 310 or PSY 110 or SOC 170 or the equivalent.
    • Submission of a recent Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 500 or a recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 1000.

Note: the GMAT/GRE prerequisite may be waived if the student has at least five years of work experience in the health care industry.

Students should contact the Department Chair for a determination of any deficiencies and required remediation.


Degree Requirements
  1. Completion of a minimum of forty-five (45) units of graduate-level course work in Health Care Administration.

  2. Completion of the following core courses: HCA 502, 503, 505, 510, 515, 517, 524, 527, 528, 530, 535, 550, and 698.

  3. Completion of any two of the following elective courses: HCA 536, 537, 538, 539, 552 or 580. (Note: electives from other departments may be allowed with the approval of Program Director.)

Please click here for detailed HCA graduate course descriptions.


Advancement to Candidacy

A student must be enrolled in the semester or summer session in which advancement to candidacy takes place, and this must occur no later than one semester or summer session prior to completion of course requirements. Normally, a student is eligible and should file for advancement to candidacy after completing six units of graduate course work for the graduate degree program with a 3.0 GPA.

Students will be instructed to apply for advancement to candidacy after all of the following conditions are met:

  1. Completion of all prerequisite courses.

  2. Completion of six units of core course work that applies to the degree with an average grade of "B" or better.

  3. Fulfillment of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and submitting evidence of same to the HCA Department Office.

  4. Approval of the Program Director Chair.

For further graduate admission or advising information, please contact the HCA Department Office at (562) 985-5694 or hca@csulb.edu.