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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Master of Science 
in Health Care Administration
(Traditional)


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 holds a probationary accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).


Degree Prerequisites

The following CSULB prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better 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 the equivalent.

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


Degree Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 45 units graduate-level course work.

  2. Complete all of the following core courses:

  3. HCA 502: The Health Care System (3)
    Prerequisites: None.

    HCA 503: Health Care Economics (3)
    Prerequisites: ECON 101 or ECON 300.

    HCA 505: Organization and Systems in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only.

    HCA 510: Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisite(s): Health Care Administration majors only.
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 502

    HCA 515: Advanced Financial Management in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisite: ACCT 201 or ACCT 500; HCA 502; Health Care Administration majors only.

    HCA 517: Advanced Healthcare Information Systems Management (3)
    Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.

    HCA 524: Adv. Legal and Ethnical Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.

    HCA 527: Research Methods in Health Care Management (3)
    Prerequisites: SOC 170 or equivalent statistics course, Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502 and advancement to candidacy.

    HCA 528: Managing Population Health (3)
    Prerequisite: HCA majors only, HCA 502

    HCA 530: Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisites/Corequisites: HCA 502.

    HCA 535: Quantitative Methods for Health Administration (3)
    Prerequisites: Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.

    HCA 550: Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services
    Prerequisites:Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.

    HCA 580: Internship in Health Care Administration
    Prerequisite: Senior status only

Culminating Experience

    HCA 698: Project (3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy & completion of minimum 27 graduate units in HCA.

Completion of any one of the following elective courses:

            HCA 536, HCA 537, HCA 538, or HCA 552

(Electives from other departments may be allowed with the approval of the HCA Department Chair.)

Please click here for detailed HCA graduate course descriptions. Please click on the course number above for a sample syllabus.


Advancement to Candidacy

Students will be instructed to apply for advancement to candidacy after:

  1. Completion of all prerequisite courses.

  2. Completion of 6.0 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

  4. Approval of the Program Director.

For further graduate admission or advising information, please contact the HCA Department Office at (562) 985-5694 or via e-mail.