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Master of Science in Health Care Administration

Graduates of HCA master’s degree programs will achieve competencies in the areas of (1) communications and relationship management, (2) leadership, (3) professionalism, (4) knowledge of health care environment, and (5) business skills and knowledge. These competencies are the main domains of the model based on the American College of Health Care Executives’ (ACHE) Competency Assessment Tool and Healthcare Leadership Alliance’s (HLA) Competency Directory.

The Program’s curriculum was designed, and has been revised over the years, to provide students with the health care management knowledge and skills necessary to meet the changing needs of the health care industry and to conform to academic accreditation criteria. HCA follows a generalist approach in the design of its program and admits students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Admission Requirements

Interested individuals should first apply to CSULB via, send official transcripts from an accredited institution to CSULB Enrollment Services, and pay the CSULB application fee online.

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required for HCA graduate degree program admission. Applicants are expected to have completed 9.0 units of coursework in accounting, economics, and statistics; however, if needed, these prerequisites may be taken in tandem with their graduate courses.

The HCA graduate degree programs admit students based on the following set of criteria:

  • GPA (3.0 or better preferred)
  • GMAT or GRE score (50th percentile or above is desired)
  • Previous healthcare work and management experience (Note: five years of work experience may be substituted for the program’s GMAT or GRE score requirement)
  • Undergraduate institution and major
  • Strength of references and personal statement
  • International experience

Due to the comprehensive nature of the criteria used in its admission model, HCA encourages any potential candidate with slightly less than a 3.0 GPA and a 50th percentile score on the GMAT or GRE to apply for the program.

Once the candidate has applied to CSULB via CSU Apply, he or she next should mail a separate application packet with the following documents to the HCA department:

1. A completed MSHCA Application Form (available on HCA website)

2. A current and complete resume

3. A Statement of purpose describing the applicant's career goals in health care administration

4. Three letters of recommendation

5. Official GMAT or GRE score (will be waived with five or more years of experience in the health care field.)

Please note that an interview with the Program Director may be required.


1. Take the following course (or equivalent): ACCT 201

2. Take one of the following courses (or equivalent):

  • ECON 101, ECON 300

3. Take an introductory statistics course or equivalent (e.g., SOC 170).

Students should contact the Program Director for a determination of deficiencies and required remediation.

Graduation Requirements

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

2. Complete all of the following core courses:

  • 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 of 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 Advanced Legal and Ethical 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 (3)
    Prerequisites:Health Care Administration majors only, HCA 502.
  • HCA 580 Internship (3)
    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

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 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), and

4. Approval of Program Director.

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