Master of Science in Health Care Administration (MSHCA)

Degree Program

According to the California Occupational Guide, "employment for Health Services Administrators is expected to grow at a rate faster than the rate for all other occupations in California." With such an outlook for the health care industry, the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Professional and International Education (CPIE) at CSULB have joined their efforts to bring this exciting program to you. Whether you are seeking an opportunity for professional growth or changing a career within the health care sector, this program will equip you with the knowledge and skills of a successful manager or executive in any health care organization. The curriculum, which combines online and face-to-face weekend instruction, was designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the changing needs of the health care industry.

Developed by an expert team of faculty and industry professionals, the MSHCA-Accelerated Program is designed to prepare you for administrative positions in hospitals, managed care, mental health settings, long-term care, multi-institutional system central offices, governmental health agencies, and other health-related organizations.

Graduates of MSHCA will achieve competencies in the areas of communications and relationship management, leadership, professionalism, knowledge of the healthcare environment, and business skills. These core competencies are based on the model prescribed by the American College of Health Care Executives’ Competency Assessment Tool and Healthcare Leadership Alliance’s Competency Directory. Specific subject areas include an analysis of the U.S. health care system, managerial skills essential to the health care profession, financial management, and strategic business in the health industry, ethics, and public policy analysis.

MSHCA follows a generalist approach in the design of its program, conforming to academic accreditation criteria while admitting students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The program offers foundation courses early on, and more advanced health care courses later in the program.

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Please Note

The MSHCA-Accelerated Program requires 45 credit hours consisting of 15 core courses. For more information about MSHCA-AP, call (562) 985-5414 or email Program Coordinator Natalie Whitehouse-Capuano.

The Fall 2021 application period is January 1 to April 15, 2021. Two separate applications are required for admission: one application to CSULB and one to the Master of Science in Health Care Administration-Accelerated Program.

  • Professional executives and managers with experience in the health care industry who want to move up in the organization
  • New executives or leaders in the health care industry who need to learn about current issues and practices in health care administration
  • Physicians who are interested in administrative leadership positions
  • Nurses and other clinicians who are interested in moving to administrative positions
  • Professionals looking to make a career change to the health care industry
  • Professionals interested in enhancing their current career through acquisition of an advanced degree
  • Combination of online and face-to-face weekend sessions
  • Master's degree earned in two years
  • Industry-relevant curriculum
  • Courses taught by CSULB academic faculty and health care industry experts
  • Networking with other professionals in a team learning environment
  • Low-interest student loans are available for qualified students
  • How the health care industry functions from a policy and economic standpoint
  • Practical methods for successful leadership in today's complex health care environment
  • The impact of a well-designed strategic plan and a well-integrated marketing plan
  • The importance of a solid finance system to achieve success in any health care facility
  • Integrating the disciplines of Human Resources, Performance Improvement, Quantitative Methods, and Information Technology to support and enhance the management of health care organizations
  • Ethical concepts impacting behavior and decision-making
  • Legal theory and concepts facing health care providers