Master of Science in Health Services Administration

Requirements (57 units)

Program Code: HSAD

The Master of Science in Health Services Administration is appropriate for students preparing to become health service administrators or managers in hospitals, health maintenance organizations, medical group clinics, nursing homes, public health departments, state and federal health agencies, military health services, or other health service organizations.

Specific entrance requirements have been established by the university and the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology. Information about entrance requirements is available at the department website: Department of Health Science website.

Students who wish to design a specific, individualized master's degree related to health science should also consider the M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students can successfully combine courses from several relevant fields to build interdisciplinary programs serving their career goals in such areas as Community Health Education, Health Promotion, Environmental Health, Occupational Health/ Industrial Hygiene, Public Health, and Gerontology.

Students may also earn a certificate in Finance, Accounting, and Information Systems along with the Master of Science in Health Services Administration.

Admission to the MSHSA Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B") for the major or for the last 90 quarter units of undergraduate coursework and in all post-graduate coursework;
  2. A copy of most recent resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of purpose, double-spaced and 2-3 pages maximum, describing those experiences which have shaped the applicant's interest in the MSHSA program. Comment on your current knowledge, skills, experience, and preference areas of work in the field of health services administration, one academic experience which has meant the most to your professional career, immediate and long-term professional goals, reasons for being interested in the MSHSA program, strengths the applicant brings to the program, skills which the applicant would like to improve, how MSHSA degree will help yoU grow professionally.;
  4. Writing sample based on a health services management topic of interest to the applicant, typed, approximately 1,000 words, double spaced;
  5. Gained a recommendation for advancement to candidacy from the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology.

Students who meet the above criteria may be admitted as conditionally classified graduate students. To attain fully classified status, students must complete at least 16 quarter units of MSHSA core coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B") and must remove any deficiencies stated as conditions for acceptance in the program or otherwise set by the department's graduate committee.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Candidacy will be granted upon completion of 20 quarter units towards the MSHSA with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  2. Submit a formal program of study of graduate coursework prepared in consultation with the MSHSA graduate coordinator;
  3. Be recommended for advancement to candidacy by the MSHSA graduate coordinator;
  4. Completion of a 306 writing course.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to the general requirements of the university and the department, graduation requirements include:

  1. Advancement to candidacy for the degree and approval of the specific program of study;
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), or better, in all graduate course work and research fulfilling the requirements of the Master of Science in Health Services Administration and grades of "B-" or better in all coursework.

Classified and conditionally classified graduate students in the Master of Science program must complete their degree requirements within seven years.

Degree Requirements (57 units)

Core (49)
HSCI 601Administration of Health Care Programs4
HSCI 602Management, Organization and Planning4
HSCI 603Health Economics and Financial Systems4
HSCI 605Health Care Accounting and Financial Analysis4
or ACCT 605 Health Care Accounting and Financial Analysis
HSCI 635Communication and Human Relations in Health Services4
HSCI 645Information and Technology Systems Management in Health Services4
HSCI 653Health Law and Medical Ethics4
HSCI 660DAdvanced Topics in Health Science and Human Ecology4
HSCI 665Strategic Planning and Evaluation4
HSCI 675Health Services Administration Leadership, Team and Quality Development4
HSCI 685Health Services Administration Capstone Seminar4
HSCI 690Graduate Research Methodology in Health Science5
Elective chosen in consultation with graduate coordinator (4)4
Completion of one of the following Culminating Experience/Application of Learning (4)4
Comprehensive Examination
and four units of HSCI courses approved by advisor.
Internship/Project Option
Administrative Residency
Thesis Option
Thesis
Total Units57