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Online Master of Science in

Health Care Administration

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.


The Cutting Edge Differential

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.

"Best in the West" college selection by the Princeton Review

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Ranked as one of the top Master's in Health Services Degree Programs for 2020 by

Ranked among the top 25 Best Online Master of Healthcare Administration Degree programs by The Best Schools

A Faster Way to Professional Growth

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 enables you to earn your degree after four semesters, completing two courses per semester for four consecutive semesters. 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.


Cal State East Bay’s Online MS-HCA program allowed me to have the perfect work/school/life balance. The program gave me the opportunity to expand beyond my current career. For example, with my experience in healthcare management along with my MS-HCA degree, I was offered quite a few positions after the successful completion of the program. I believe this program helped me become a more well-rounded candidate who is well-received in various sectors of health care. To me, that’s priceless.

Jenny Lam Health Care Administration Graduate

Excel in a Rapidly Changing Industry

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.

Occupational Trends

$100K+ Salary

The median annual wage for medical and health services managers was $101,340 in 2021, with the top 10 percent earning more than $205,620.
-- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

450,000+ Jobs

Medical and health services managers held about 450,575 jobs in 2022.
-- QCEW Employees - Emsi

28% Growth

Employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 28 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
-- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Become an Effective Administrator

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 Healthcare 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 six domains:

Knowledge and Critical Thinking

Analyze and think critically about current and emerging issues in the health care system and the policy environment in which the system operates.


Communicate effectively with internal and external organizational stakeholders, both in written and oral form.

Relationship Management

Form collaborative relationships and interact appropriately with diverse client groups, workplace supervisors and colleagues, and other organizational stakeholders.


Create effective and creative approaches for fostering teamwork and encouraging others to align their priorities with organizational excellence.


Align personal and organizational conduct with ethical, legal, and professional standards.

Business Acumen

Apply business principles to the health care environment, including financial management, human resource management, organizational dynamics and governance, strategic planning, 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.

Tony AllegreeHealth Care Administration Graduate

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.

Sonya MacieHealth Care Administration Graduate

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.

Michael ParsleyHealth Care Administration Graduate

The Prestige of a Cal State Degree with the Convenience of an Online Program

The Online MS in Health Care Administration Program is offered completely online. As a student in the program, you’ll take courses on a semester-based schedule. Each of the courses “meet” for 15 weeks, for a total of 15 sessions and 15 instructional modules per course.

Each instructional module may contain:

Overview of the module

Student learning objectives

Assignments and due dates

Instructional materials (mini-lecture, podcast, graphics, images, PowerPoint presentation, video, case study, audio, etc.)

Hyperlinks to value-added websites

Quiz, problem set, exercises, student-product, or other method of student participation and learning evaluation

Discussion board

Program Curriculum

The Online MS in Health Care Administration program requires the successful completion of 7 4-unit courses and 1 6-unit course, for a total of 34 units. No transfers or substitution of any of these 8 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.

Required Courses

HCA 611 Evolution of the U.S. Health Care System, Health Disparities and Policy
HCA 612 Health Care Management, Leadership and Strategic Planning
HCA 621 Health Care Quality Improvement Tools and Methodologies
HCA 622 Health Care Technology and Informatics
HCA 631 Health Care Financial Management and Third-Party Reimbursement
HCA 641 Health Care Legal, Diversity and Ethical Issues
HCA 642 Health Care Program Development and Grant Writing
HCA 693 Capstone Project


Year 1
Fall Spring
HCA 611 HCA 621
HCA 612 HCA 622
Year 2
Fall Spring
HCA 631 HCA 641
HCA 693* HCA 642

*Note: HCA 693 is the capstone experience in the program and students have two semesters to complete it.

Featured Faculty

Ryan deGive

In addition to teaching the foundational concepts, my goal with each course is to support my students’ ideas and inspire them to become imaginative leaders ready to solve any issue.

As a graduate of Cal State East Bay’s MS-HCA program, Ryan deGive can fully attest to the value of the HCA curriculum. With over ten years of health care industry experience, he has held various positions centered around patient flow within the hospital setting. He has spent the last five years working for Stanford Health Care as both a manager and most recently as an Epic Systems Analyst within Stanford’s IT department. deGive began teaching in the MS-HCA program in 2015. He currently teaches courses in the areas of planning, budgeting, and quality.

Grace Hernandez

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.”

Evelyn Launius


Evelyn Launius

If someone said, ‘Describe yourself in 3 words’ those 3 words would be: life-long learner.

Evelyn Launius was born in Munich, Germany and grew up around the world as her father was in the U.S. Army. After completing high school in Georgia, she did a stint in the U.S. Navy. Upon discharge, Launius relocated to the Bay Area. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and graduate degree in business while working full-time and running a household.

As an adjunct instructor for two major Bay Area universities, she immensely enjoys teaching. Her style is to engage the students in their learning through Blackboard, social media, and internet research. She believes the classroom is a safe place for students to practice, communicate, and network while furthering their knowledge.

Farida Stark

I prepare my students to be leaders and encourage them to think, initiate, and participate. I learn from my students as much as they learn from me. I enjoy teaching as it gives me the opportunity to mentor and stay connected with some of the sharpest and most talented individuals.

Farida Stark is an experienced professional in the healthcare field with a focus on programs directed towards the elderly. She has led various community health projects and served as a member of the board of directors. Stark received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics and her graduate degree in Health Care Administration. Stark also received training and certification from Quality Matters (QM), a nationally recognized program focused on designing quality online courses. During her free time, Stark enjoys traveling and visiting historical sites with her husband.

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Additional Faculty:

Brandon Englebert

Belal Kaifi

Sonia Sidhu

Tamina Vahidy

Next, learn all about admission requirements and how to apply. »

Admission Requirements

Admission will be granted based upon the Admission Committee's overall assessment of your academic qualifications and career potential, using the following criteria:

Undergraduate GPA

An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is required. Students with GPA below 2.5 will not be considered for admission.

Statement of Purpose

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.

Letters of Recommendation

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.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Professional resume/curriculum vitae

Health Care Experience

Applicants must have a minimum of two years of full-time and paid professional experience in the field of health care in the United States. The professional experience must be able to be verified from the employment information in the applicant’s resume. 

Applying to the Program

The application process requires 3 steps:

1. Fill out the Graduate Application on Cal State Apply

Please apply for Health Care Administration – MS under East Bay Extension on Cal State Apply. As part of the Cal State Apply application, submit your resume and statement of purpose.

2. Submit official transcripts to University Admissions

All undergraduate/graduate transcripts must be sent directly to University Admissions, not the department. For instructions on how to submit documents, click here.

3. Submit all other documents directly to the department

The resume, statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation should be sent as attachments in an email sent to:

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.

Admission Deadlines

Term Application Period Transcripts & Other Documents Due
Fall 2023 TBD TBD

Note: The department evaluates completed admission applications as they are received. Due to the demand for the program and the limited number of applicants who can be admitted, applicants should submit their application materials as early as possible in the application period. Applicants who meet all of the admission criteria and submit all application materials early in the application period will have a higher likelihood of admission.

Common Questions

How many courses must I complete in each semester?
You are required to complete two courses per semester for four consecutive semesters.
Does the program accept course transfer units or course substitution units?
The Online MS-HCA program requires the completion of 7 4-unit courses and 1 6-unit course, for a total of 34 units. Transfers or course substitutions for any of the eight courses are not accepted.
When do the Fall and Spring semester classes start?

Fall classes begin near the end of August and Spring classes begin near the end of January. During the Spring semester, there is a one-week recess.

The Summer break begins near the beginning of June and ends near the end of August.

What type of work will meet the minimum professional experience requirement?
Applicants must have a minimum of two years of full-time and paid professional experience in the field of health care in the United States. The professional experience must be able to be verified from the employment information in the applicant’s resume. Employment at any type of health care organization, such as a hospital, medical clinic, long-term care facility, medical device manufacturer, pharmaceutical company, non-profit organization with a focus on health, dental office, health insurance company, health research organization, and home health care agencies, can be used to meet the requirement.
Do I have to earn a grade of B or better in all of the courses?
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.
What if I don’t meet the professional experience requirement?
If you don’t have at least two years of full-time and paid employment in the U.S. health care field, you are not eligible for admission consideration to the Online MS-HCA program. However, you are eligible for admission consideration to the Hayward Campus-based MS-HCA program.  Please see here for information on that program:

Who to Contact for Help

How do I contact an advisor about the program?
Dr. Vivian González Cueto is the Graduate Coordinator for the program. She can be reached here.


Is financial aid available for this program?
Yes. Please access financial aid details on the University’s Financial Aid website.
Is a Payment Plan available?
Yes. students are eligible for a payment plan option. For more information, visit Student Financial Services.

Accessibility Services

Does the university provide accessibility services?
Yes, our Accessibility Services department provides academic accommodations and support services to address the individual needs of students with differing abilities, permanent disabilities or temporary disabling conditions. For more information, including program details and contact information, visit

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At a Glance

Area of study: Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration

Ideal for: Health care professionals with at least two years of full-time and paid 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: 7 4-unit courses and 1 6-unit course

Program length: 4 semesters, completing 2 courses per semester

Tuition cost: $17,918 total; $527 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.

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