Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Administration

The Program

The Master of Science in Health Administration prepares the student for a full range of health care administration careers in management, planning, marketing, consulting and related roles. Elective courses permit specialization in delivery systems such as hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care and areas such as health informatics.

The program prepares students to assume management and leadership roles in public, voluntary and private health care agencies and organizations. Graduate courses are usually offered during the evenings to accommodate students who are employed.

Mission: The Graduate Program in Health Administration prepares a diverse student body for mid-level 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 by making 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.

Vision: 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. 

Opportunities in Health Administration

Health care is one of the fastest growing, most dynamic and necessary industries. The field offers energetic, creative, and enterprising individuals a host of administrative and service options. Career opportunities continue to expand in:

  • hospitals
  • public health
  • mental health
  • managed care systems
  • long-term care
  • community health
  • insurance

Health Administration graduates are ready to compete in the health care marketplace.


Those interested in the degree program are encouraged to email Dr. Brian Malec, Health Administration Graduate Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

Students only enter the program in the fall semester. Applicants to the graduate program must meet the requirements for admission to the University's graduate programs and those additional requirements of the Master of Science in Health Administration program.

The following criteria are used for evaluating applicants to the Health Administration Graduate Program:

  1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA. 
  2. Graduate Record Exam
  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.

Education Financing Opportunities

The University makes a full range of assistance available to students. For information, visit the Financial Aid web site or call (818) 677-3000.

CSUN is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Practitioner Advisory Committee

The Health Administration program benefits from the ongoing guidance and support of a distinguished group of healthcare managers and clinicians. Members of the Practitioner Advisory Committee work in a variety of areas in the healthcare industry and their professional expertise enhances the curriculum.

Field Experience

The Health Administration graduate program stresses the importance of a practical work experience. Each graduate student completes field training in a health care organization.