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Master's of Science Health Care Administration Program

New – We are accepting applications for Spring 18 and Fall 18! Please note that our deadlines are earlier than University deadlines.

Fall 2018 – MS-HCA (on campus) and MS-HCA (Online)

  • Deadline for all application materials and PRIORITY admission consideration is 2/1/18 by 5:00 pm.
    • The online CSU APPLY application, all transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume and statement of purpose must be submitted by this date.
  • Deadline for all application materials and SPACE AVAILABLE admission consideration is 6/1/18 by 5:00 pm.
    • The online CSU Mentor application, all transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume and statement of purpose must be submitted by this date.

Note: The department evaluates completed admission applications as they are received. Applicants who meet all of the admission criteria and submit all application materials early in the application process will have a higher likelihood of admission.

We also offer a FULLY ONLINE MS Healthcare Administration program. This is a separate program from our regular, Hayward Campus-based MS-HCA program and is offered in a cohort model only. We will have a new cohort for Fall 2018. One important requirement for this program is that students must have at least 2 years of professional experience in the healthcare field. Professional health care experience is not a requirement for the Hayward Campus-based program. Preference will be given to students currently employed in healthcare.  For complete information about this new program, please see the Online MS Healthcare Administration program.

Health Care delivery is undergoing rapid growth and change in the U.S. -- change that will accelerate in the 21st century. As a result, the responsibilities of health care jobs are continuously being redefined. In this dynamic environment, organizations must manage for continuous improvement and maintain flexibility to respond to the latest challenges. This underscores the constant need for health care professionals to learn new knowledge and gain new skills.

The MS-HCA program seeks to develop professionals who understand how to manage non-profit, for-profit, and voluntary health care organizations in effective and innovative ways. The program focuses on the need for health care administrators to be continuous learners, critical thinkers, and ethical practitioners by recognizing the multiply-constructed nature of human, social, and organizational realities and the complex relationships between the system of health providers and the needs of the community.

Students will take a comprehensive look at the role of health care in society, including a critical look at the managed care model, the need for client-centered models, alternative medical models, and the development of healthy organizations and communities. Courses integrate theory with pratical application to help students acquire the analytical skills needed to explore new models of health care delivery and organizational design, and the leadership skills needed to discover and implement creative solutions to problems in the current healthcare system.

The program is designed for people who:

  • have achieved a management position but now wish to develop background in the study of management
  • are working in health care and seeking to advance their career to a position in health care management
  • lack prior health care experience but want to prepare for a management position in this challenging industry

This program is offered in the evening. There is 1 foundation course:

  • Statistics

The MS in Health Care Administration program with the Management and Change in Health Care option, consists of 11 required courses (44 units). A final project (4units) concludes the degree.

The M.S. in Health Care Administration program is open to the person planning or advancing a career in a health care field, who has a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. We are no longer requiring the GRE or MAT tests for applicants. Admission will be granted based upon the Admission Committee’s overall assessment of the student’s qualifications and academic/career potential, using the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
    Students with GPA below 2.5 will not be considered for admission.
  • Statement of Purpose in pursuing the MS in HCA degree. In a 1-2 page essay double-spaced, please explain who you are, your career goals and how the MS in HCA degree will help you achieve those goals.
  • Two letters of academic and/or professional recommendation on professional letterhead (company or educational institution stationery). The letter writer should include how they know you, if they think you would be successful in the program and why. Letters must be current, dated and signed.
  • Professional resume/vita
  • All undergraduate/graduate transcripts (These must be sent directly to University Admissions - NOT the Department.)

The application process requires two steps.

  1. All applicants must submit an online Graduate Admission application declaring MS in Health Care Administration as a degree objective with the appropriate non-refundable fee at CSU APPLY. Instructions for sending transcripts are included there. (For the online Statement of Purpose and the letters of reference, you may write "submitted directly to department.")
  2. In addition, applicants must also submit the above application materials (items b, c and d) directly to the Department of Public Affairs and Administration. The Department cannot accept materials sent electronically. We prefer all documents be mailed to us but will accept faxed documents if necessary. The Department fax number is 510 885-3726.



Applicants will be notified of the Department's decision via email. Applicants will be required to confirm acceptance of admission by the deadline stated in the email or the offer may be withdrawn.

  • Critical understanding of the organization, financing and delivery of health services with a primary focus on sustainable health care delivery practices;
  • Development of skills in economic, financial, policy, and quantitative analysis;
  • Understanding of the values and ethical issues associated with the practice of health services administration, and the development of skills in ethical analysis.;
  • Assessment and understanding of the of the health status of populations; determinants of health and illness and factors influencing the use of health services; the social construction of health and illness; and, the relationship between health and community.
  • Knowledge and skills for favorable positioning of organizations in the current health services environment and for ongoing assessment of organizational performance.
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