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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 holds a probationary accreditation from 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 the equivalent.

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


Degree Requirements

Completion of a minimum of forty-five (45) units of graduate-level course work in Health Care Administration, consisting of

  1. Completion of the following three-unit core courses:

  2. 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

  3. Completion of any two of the following three-unit elective courses:

    HCA 536: Hospital Management
    HCA 537: Managed Care
    HCA 538: Management Challenges in Long-Term Care
    HCA 552: Medical Group Practice Management
    HCA 580: Internship in Health Care Administration

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

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 via e-mail.