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Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code NRSGMC01)

The School of Nursing and the Department of Health Care Administration offer this program.


  • 1. Public Health Nurse Certificate, or eligibility for certificate in California.
  • 2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better; an upper division nursing GPA of 3.0 or better and a science GPA of 3.0 or better. Students who fall below these averages will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • 3. Submission of quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • 4. Current professional resume describing the applicant's relevant experience.

Advancement to Candidacy

A joint committee, consisting of Nursing and Health Care Administration faculty involved in the program, will review files and make a determination to advance the candidate to graduate status.


  • 1. A minimum of 56 units of approved Nursing and Health Care Administration upper division and graduate level courses including:
  • Take all of the following:
    • NRSG 559 Nursing Administration (3)
    • NRSG 560 Professional Foundations of Theoretical & Professional Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice (2)
    • NRSG 596 Research Methods in Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 676 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice I (3)
    • NRSG 676L Admin Theories for Nursing Practice I (3)
    • NRSG 677 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice II (3)
    • NRSG 677L Advanced Admin Nursing Clinical II (3)
    • NRSG 678 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice III (3)
    • NRSG 678L Advanced Admin Nursing Clinical III (3)
    • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
    • HCA 505 Organization and Systems of Health Care (3)
    • HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 515 Advanced Financial Management in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 524 Advanced Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    • HCA 530 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 535 Quantitative Methods for Health Admin (3)
    • HCA 550 Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-4)
    • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-4)
  • 2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses.
  • 3. Directed project or a thesis.
  • 4. *Graduate degrees obtained previously may be accepted toward meeting a portion of the unit requirements of the concurrent MSN/MSHCA degree program.
  • 5. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MSHCA program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met.
    • * 60% of units must be earned in residence.