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).
The following CSULB prerequisites must be completed before starting HCA graduate study:
Students should contact the Department Chair for a determination of any deficiencies and required remediation.
Completion of a minimum of forty-five (45) units of graduate-level course work in Health Care Administration, consisting of
HCA 502: The Health Care System
HCA 503: Health Care Economics
HCA 505: Organization and Systems of Health Care
HCA 510: Human Resources Management and Health Care
HCA 515: Advanced Financial Management in Health Care
HCA 517: Advanced Healthcare Information Systems Management
HCA 524: Adv. Legal and Ethnical Aspects of Health Administration
HCA 527: Research Methods in Health Care Management
HCA 528: Managing Populations Health
HCA 530: Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care
HCA 535: Quantitative Methods for Health Administration
HCA 550: Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services
HCA 698: Project
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.
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:
For further graduate admission or advising information, please contact the HCA Department Office at (562) 985-5694 or via e-mail.