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California State University, Long Beach
Health Care Administration Program

Our Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
for Our Graduate Degree Programs


The Mission of the CSULB Master of Science in Health Care Administration program is to enhance the profession through education and research by preparing early and mid-level professionals to meet the needs of the dynamic health care system and TO become future health care leaders in the United States and beyond. The program provides essential learning opportunities with a focus on diversity, and culturally appropriate, patient centered service delivery systems to address the needs of a global health care marketplace.

The CSULB MSHCA program offers two degree programs, the Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA) and the Master of Science in Health Care Administration Accelerated Program (MSHCA-AP).  The MSHCA program is tailored to new undergraduates and beginning health care professionals.  The MSHCA-AP program is tailored to mid-level professionals with health care experience.


The CSULB Health Care Administration program seeks to be a premier health care management and leadership program recognized for excellence in education, diversity, innovation and practice, through the application of innovative and collaborative methods of communication and relationship management within leadership, ethics and organizational knowledge.


  • Ethical behavior - Maintain professional and ethical practices in our teaching and research. 

  • Diversity –Commitment to serve the needs of the entire population, addressing barriers and disparities, and embracing and promoting a culture that encourages and celebrates diversity to create optimal learning experiences for our students and faculty.

  • Collaboration- Continue to build relationships across disciplines and the communities we serve.  Team work and collaboration are an important aspect to the coursework.

  • Leadership- Foster the next generation of future leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, have the ability to work effectively with others and who are civically and socially engaged.

  • Global Perspectives – Educate professionals in a global perspective for health care practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.


CSULB has several professional programs nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. Currently, the MSHCA program is the CSULB program most highly ranked across the university

Goal #1:  Currently our MSHCA program is ranked in the top 50. (Currently we are #47 out of 50.) We aim to achieve ranking in the top 40.

MonitoringEvery year the U.S. News & World Report rankings are published.

Goal #2:  Based on preliminary data from the pilot project, we aim to have 80% of graduating students achieve a score of 75% or higher on this annual post-test exam. We have recently revised how we conduct our program evaluation and now have a pre-test and post-test based the American College of Health Executives (ACHE) Board of Governor’s Exam. 

Monitoring The pre- and post-tests used for program evaluation of students are deployed over the Beachboard (Desire2Learn) software that CSULB contracts with for web-based educational support.  We have set up the program evaluation testing so that the tests are deployed as part of specific courses in the traditional and AP formats and are under the control of faculty and the program director.  Because of this local control, we can obtain statistics on student performance directly from the Beachboard software.  Because the tests are deployed through specific courses, we can obtain statistics on both the program format level (traditional, AP) and at the student level. 

Goal #3:  90% of students admitted to the program will finish within 2 years.

Monitoring:  The Office of Institutional Research at CSULB publishes completion rates for all CSULB graduate and undergraduate programs.  Because these data are gathered routinely by the institution, we can access and use them for monitoring our goals on program completion rates.

Goal #4:  For students admitted to the traditional format, 60% of students will be employed in the health care sector within 3 months of program completion.

Monitoring:  As per CAHME requirements, follow-up surveys of traditional and AP students are conducted at 3-months, one-year, two-years and three-years post- graduation.  From these monitoring efforts, we know that the most recent class of traditional students had 43% employed in the health care sector at 3-months post-graduation.  Setting a goal of 60% is a stretch goal for this metric.  Employment at 3-months in the health care sector for AP students is 100%; the differences in proportions reflect both the early career versus mid-career characteristics of the students when they are admitted.  The traditional format students also have a high proportion (30-40%) of international students, who may face challenges obtaining employment in the U.S. or may be lost to follow-up if they return to their home countries.