Gain the knowledge and skills to become an effective administrator in the changing health care industry with a flexible program designed for working health care professionals.
Cal State East Bay’s Online MS in Health Care Administration program equips you with the analytical skills and knowledge needed to explore new models of health care delivery and organizational design. You’ll learn how to successfully meet the challenges of health care delivery and develop the leadership skills to discover and implement creative solutions to problems in the health care system.
The Online MS in Health Care Administration program at Cal State East Bay is surprisingly achievable and especially convenient for busy working adults like you. You will receive the same dynamic education and walk away with the same diploma as if you were taking classes on campus.
The program’s quarter system makes it possible to accelerate your degree progress by offering classes year-round, enabling you to earn your degree after just six quarters. You'll enjoy a personal, student-centered learning experience, with professors who are experts in the field of health services and available to support you every step of the way.
Some of the most valuable aspects of this program were the networking opportunities with local health care leaders as well as internship and job opportunities that were presented to us during the program.
The program enabled me to transition into health care. I currently work as a strategic consultant for health care providers.
Health care delivery is undergoing rapid growth and change. As a result, the responsibilities of health care administrators and managers are continuously being redefined. In this dynamic environment, organizations must manage for continuous improvement and maintain flexibility to respond to the latest challenges.
With a MS in Health Care Administration, you’ll be able to plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services in a variety of professional settings including: local, state, and private hospitals, ambulatory heath care services, group medical practices, nursing and residential care facilities, government agencies, and more.
The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $94,500 in 2015, with the top 10 percent earning more than $165,380.
-- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Medical and health services managers held about 333,000 jobs in 2014.
-- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
-- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
As a Cal State East Bay graduate, you will have gained the skills and knowledge to manage non-profit, for-profit, and voluntary health care organizations in effective and innovative ways.
Cal State East Bay’s Online MS in Health Care Administration program aligns with the desired competencies developed by the Health Care Leadership Alliance (HLA), a consortium of major professional health care associations. By successfully completing the program, you’ll be able to demonstrate competency in those five domains:
Communicate clearly and concisely with internal and external customers to establish and maintain relationships, and to facilitate constructive interactions with individuals and groups.
Inspire individual and organizational excellence, utilize the tools at your disposal to create and attain a shared vision, and successfully manage change to achieve your organization's strategic ends.
Align personal and organizational conduct with ethical and professional standards that include a responsibility to the patient and community, a service orientation, and a commitment to lifelong learning and improvement.
Understand the health care system and the environment in which health care managers and providers function.
Apply business principles to the health care environment. Basic business principles include financial management, human resource management, organizational dynamics and governance, strategic planning and marketing, information management, risk management, and quality improvement.
The MS-HCA degree is very different from an undergraduate degree. There are no superfluous classes or busy work. Every class and every project imparts knowledge that is immediately useful for the current health care industry. It is taught by people who have years of valuable experience. After starting my final internship I realized that I was totally prepared to enter the health care industry.
It's not about the fear of failing, it's about the courage of trying for the possibility. This program enables you to realize your passion and the fact that anyone can achieve their goals as long as they have the courage to take action.
Once I entered the health care workforce, the academic diversity of the program proved extremely beneficial, allowing me to sit on departmental committees and confidently contribute to hospital operations. Having my Masters of Science from Cal State East Bay in Health Care Administration helped me to get into nursing school and will continue to help me in my future nursing career.
The Online MS in Health Care Administration Program is offered completely online. As a student in the program, you’ll take courses on a quarterly schedule. Each of the courses "meets" for 10 weeks, for a total of 10 sessions and 10 instructional modules per course.
The Online MS in Health Care Administration Program requires the completion of 12 4-unit courses, for a total of 48 units. No transfers or substitution of any of these 12 courses will be accepted. You must earn a grade of C or better in all courses and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (B average) or better.
If you have not completed an introductory statistics course with a grade of C or better within the last five years, you must do so by no later than the third quarter after entering the program.
|HCA 6200 US Health Care Systems|
|HCA 6210 Leadership and Change in Health Care Organizations|
|HCA 6225 Organization Theory and Behavior in Health Care|
|HCA 6230 Information Technology in Health Care|
|HCA 6240 Health Care Financing and Budgeting|
|HCA 6250 Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations|
|HCA 6260 Health Care Policy Analysis|
|HCA 6270 Health Care Management|
|HCA 6275 Evolution of Managed Health Care|
|HCA 6280 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care|
|HCA 6290 Health Care Quality Assessment and Improvement|
|HCA 6899 Project|
|Spring '17||Summer '17||Fall '17||Winter '18|
|HCA 6200||HCA 6270||HCA 6280||HCA 6260|
|HCA 6225||HCA 6275||HCA 6250||HCA 6230|
|Spring '18||Summer '18|
|HCA 6899*||HCA 6210|
*Note: In this quarter, students will enroll in three courses. HCA 6899 is the capstone experience in the program and students have up to one year to complete it.
Teaching is a lifelong journey, the learning never ends and your students end up teaching you a lot, that is what is best about teaching.
Grace Hernandez has worked in health care for over 13 years, and says health care has been a huge part of her professional life. She states: “It is always changing and you learn something new each day by doing your part to improve and give the best quality in patient care, that is why I have chosen this path in teaching and in the healthcare industry I am in.”
I strongly believe that of the most interesting pursuits of life, one that truly enriches your experience and perspective, is one of learning. My role as an instructor is to guide this learning process. I encourage students to ask questions, do their research, and keep their minds open to different points of view.
Preethi Raghu is an experienced professional and avid researcher with over 10 years of progressive experience in strategic planning, analytics, and project management. Over the years, Raghu has analyzed and relayed information on a wide variety of products and services ranging from printers, gas turbines, consulting, telecommunications, and health care. She holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce, a graduate degree in Business Management, and a Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration.
Using technology to enhance learning and outcomes is my passion.
Lois Ritter has worked in health care and education for over 25 years and appreciates the improvements in both areas due to technological advances. In addition to teaching, she is a researcher in public health and health informatics. Her current research projects are related to drug recovery, human trafficking, and health informatics. Ritter has a doctorate in education, three master’s degrees, and four certifications. When she is not working, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends (furry and non-furry friends—she is a dog and animal lover).
Admission will be granted based upon the Admission Committee's overall assessment of your academic qualifications and career potential, using the following criteria:
An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is required. Students with GPA below 2.5 will not be considered for admission.
In a one to two-page essay double-spaced, please explain who you are, your career goals and how the degree will help you achieve those goals, and why you think you could be successful in the program.
Two letters of academic and/or professional recommendation on professional letterhead (company or educational institution stationery). The letter writers 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/curriculum vitae
All undergraduate/graduate transcript, which must be sent directly to University Admissions, NOT the Department.
Two years’ of professional experience in the U.S. health care field
The application process requires two steps:
You must submit an online Graduate Admission application declaring MS in Health Care Administration as a degree objective with the appropriate non-refundable fee at CSUMentor. Be sure to select "Healthcare Administration – MS – ONLINE – Spec Sess" as the program objective, which is located at the end of the list of major/program objectives. 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.")
In addition, you must also submit the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and resume directly to the Department of Public Affairs and Administration. The Department cannot accept materials sent electronically. You should mail the documents if at all possible, but the department will accept faxed documents if necessary. The Department’s fax number is 510 885-3726.
Please remember that both your online application to the University and the materials to be submitted directly to the department must be postmarked or received by the application deadlines.
|Quarter||Application Period||Transcripts & Other Documents Due||Priority Admission Consideration|
|Spring 2017||8/1/2016 – 2/1/2017||2/1/2017||12/15/2016|
|Fall 2017||10/1/2016 – 5/15/2017||2/15/2017||5/15/2017|
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.
Area of study: Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration
Ideal for: Health care professionals with at least two years of work experience in the field of health care in the U.S. who are currently or aspire to be in leadership and management positions in either non-profit, for profit, or voluntary health care organizations
Program format: Online
Number of courses: 12 4-unit courses
Program length: 6 quarters, completing 2 courses per quarter
Tuition cost: $16,272; $339 per unit (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)
Please let us know if we can answer any questions about the Health Care Administration program. Many answers can also be found in our online Support Center.