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Program: M.S., Health Administration

Program Description

The graduate degree in Health Administration prepares students for management and leadership roles in health services and related organizations and systems. The curriculum provides for advanced study of issues, problems and strategies for managing the effective and efficient delivery of healthcare through public, voluntary and private sector healthcare organizations, including, but not limited to, hospitals, long-term care organizations, medical and dental group practices, health maintenance organizations, health insurance and health benefits administrations, and public health agencies.


The graduate program in Health Administration prepares a diverse student body for leadership positions in healthcare organizations in the Greater San Fernando Valley. Graduate students in the program can advance in their current healthcare, health services or health administration positions or make their initial entry into a health administration role. With a faculty focus on learning-centeredness, community and university service, as well as scholarship, the program is well positioned to educate students for professional practitioner positions aligned with the current healthcare environment.


The graduate program in Health Administration aspires to prepare a workforce that will enhance the operational efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare organizations and improve the delivery and access to quality care in our service community. The program consistently seeks to meet the national standards associated with excellence in graduate education in health administration.


  • Impact: improve the health status and strengthen the healthcare delivery system in our local, state, national and global communities.
  • Collaboration: recognize how interdisciplinary teams and organizational partnerships can enhance effectiveness in the healthcare industry.
  • Professionalism: instill throughout all aspects of the program, including student development and faculty interactions.
  • Ethics and Integrity: demonstrate behavior that exhibits a high degree of character and exemplary behavior.
  • Cultural Competency: instill an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our service community.

Please see the Department of Health Sciences website for detailed applicant instructions.

The following criteria are used for evaluating applicants to the Health Administration graduate program:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  2. Graduate Record Examination.
  3. Undergraduate degree. Students not having a degree in health administration, if accepted, will be required to take a qualifying program prior to being admitted to classified graduate status.
  4. Work experience.
  5. Letters of recommendation.
  6. Statement of purpose.

The Master of Science in Health Administration program requires a minimum of 45 semester hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree. A minimum grade of “B” is required for each course, and an overall program GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Program Requirements

A. For Admission to Conditionally Classified Graduate Status

Applicants may be admitted to the Master of Science in Health Administration on a classified status, which means they have no prerequisites that are required. Many applicants are admitted on a conditional basis, if they meet the admission criteria but do not have an undergraduate degree in Health Administration or a closely related major, or if they are lacking key undergraduate coursework. An accepted applicant who is assigned a conditional admission will have specific requirements that must be met before becoming elevated to classified status.

  1. An accepted applicant who has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with a major other than Health Administration or its closely related equivalent will be assigned a program of prerequisites coursework.
  2. Specific information concerning prerequisites or qualifying programs may be obtained through consultation with a program graduate advisor. The following are common prerequisites necessary to advance to classified status:
    1. Students must provide evidence of satisfactory completion of the verbal and/or quantitative and/or analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE may be waived with approval of the graduate coordinator for those students who have a minimum of 3.0 GPA overall and in the major, or have a 3.2 GPA in the last 60 units of undergraduate work, or who already have an advanced graduate degree from an accredited school.
    2. Additional prerequisites needed for some students to advance to classified status:
      1. An accounting and/or a statistics course, both of which must be approved by the graduate coordinator.
      2. HSCI 510 and/or HSCI 511 are required for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Health Administration or a closely related major.
  3. All conditional requirements must be completed within the first 12 units of graduate work.
  4. All 600-level core courses require classified status.
  5. Students completing qualifying coursework must meet with their faculty advisor to complete the paperwork to advance from conditional to classified status.

B. Advancement from Conditional to Classified Status

Students admitted as conditionally classified must complete all qualifying coursework, GRE and/or UDWPE prior to moving from conditional to fully classified status. In addition:

  1. A GPA of 3.0 or better must be achieved in qualifying coursework.
  2. No more than 12 units of work taken prior to attaining fully classified status will be applied to the master’s program.
  3. Students completing qualifying coursework must meet with their faculty advisor to complete the paperwork to advance from conditional to classified status.

Qualifying Courses: To be determined at advisement.

C. Requirements for the Degree

1. Required Courses (36 units)

2. Electives (9 units minimum)

With approval of the graduate coordinator, students take electives from approved Health Administration or related courses.

3. Culminating Experience (2-3 units)

Select one of the following (units do not count toward program total):

  1. Comprehensive Examination: Student registers for HSCI 697 Directed Comprehensive Studies (3) (Credit/No Credit only).
  2. Thesis/Graduate Project (with faculty permission only): Student registers for HSCI 698 Thesis or Graduate Project (2) (Credit/No Credit only).

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 47-48

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Health Sciences
Chair: Louis Rubino
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2500
(818) 677-4081

Graduate Coordinator: Brian Malec
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2530
(818) 677-3143

Graduate Coordinator: Grishma Bhavsar
(818) 677-7369

Master of Science in Health Administration

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the graduate program in Health Administration will demonstrate:

  1. Mastery of the conceptual and technical knowledge and skills relevant to successful health administration practice.
  2. Mastery of the analytical, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills required for successful practice.
  3. An ability to integrate classroom knowledge and skills and to be able to bridge the gap to the professional practice of health administration.
  4. An appreciation of the importance of professional ethics and continual professional growth.
  5. The knowledge, skills and professionalism to assume mid-level and leadership positions in healthcare organizations.