Health Sciences

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    Department of Health Sciences

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    Public Health Full-time Faculty

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    Master of Public Health C.H.E. 2023 Cohort!

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    Master of Public Health Tseng C.H.E. 2023 Cohort!

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    Master of Public Health A.E. 2023 Cohort!

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    Master of Public Health Students at the APHA Conference 2023!

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    Health Administration Full-time Faculty

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    Master of Science in Health Administration 2023 Cohort!

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    MHA: ACHE College Bowl 2023 Winners!

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    Radiologic Sciences Full-time Faculty

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    Radiologic Sciences Students in Lab

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    RS students at California Society of Radiologic Technologist's 84th annual conference

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    Congratulations to the RS Class of 2023!

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    RS Students Attend a Conference

MHA Prospective Students > Admissions Requirements

The CSUN MHA program admits students who demonstrate professional and academic excellence. The admissions committee evaluates applications on a number of factors, including GPA, work experience, and statement of purpose. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the University's graduate programs and those additional requirements of the Master of Health Administration program. We are not a recognized STEM program.

At CSUN, we not only evaluate minimum GPA scores, but also look to see if the applicant is a good “fit” for our educational model. In short, we are a leadership program that seeks to support an individual’s career path and aspirations. We seek individuals with a clear focus on how they will expand into higher leadership positions. We offer all core MHA classes at 7PM because the vast majority of our students are working during the day. Holistically, we look at the total person, and not just a GPA or GRE score.

A typical successful candidate has an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.3 and 3+ years of professional healthcare work experience. However, work experience can range from 1 year to over 10 years. Our acceptance rate is approximately 30%.

Prospective students are required to apply online (two applications). Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The following are required for your application to be considered for the Health Administration Graduate Program:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university – Students not having a degree in health administration, if accepted, will be required to take a qualifying program prior to being fully admitted to Classified Graduate Status
  • Official Transcripts - 3.0 Cumulative GPA 
  • A professional resume – A minimum of one year of professional work experience in healthcare is preferred. Internships and volunteer work experience in healthcare can be used to demonstrate a commitment to healthcare. 
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation – may be from employer(s) and faculty
  • Video of Personal Statement - see below more instructions
  • International students, who do not have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university, are required to submit official TOEFL scores

(New) Personal Statement Video Essay Instructions


  • This video essay aims to give the admissions committee an in-depth understanding of your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree in health administration at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The video should serve as an enhanced representation of your application, illuminating your specific interests in the field, your career goals, and why you have chosen CSUN for your postgraduate studies. The focus will be on the content of the video rather than on production quality. As this is a professional degree program, we suggest dressing as you would for an in-person interview.


Technical Requirements:

1. Video Length: The video should be 5-7 minutes long. Videos that fall outside of this range will not be considered.

2. Video Format: The video should be uploaded in a universally accepted format, .mp3, .mp4, or .mov.

3.  Audio: Ensure that the audio quality is clear. It is advised to record in a quiet environment to minimize background noise.

4. Visuals: While the content is the primary focus, attention to visual quality will also be considered. Proper lighting and a stable camera setup are recommended in addition to professional attire.


Video Content Guidelines:

  1. Introduction: Begin by introducing yourself briefly. Include your name, academic background, and any work/volunteer experience.

2. Motivation for a master’s in health administration: Elaborate on why you are interested in obtaining a master’s degree in health administration. This should include specific subjects within Health Administration that intrigue you, your career aspirations, where you see yourself professionally and academically in the next five years, and potential contributions you aim to make in the field by completing the MHA program.

3. Why CSUN: Discuss why you have chosen California State University, Northridge, as the institution for your postgraduate studies. Highlight the features of CSUN’s program that are particularly aligned with your academic and professional goals.

4. Unique Qualities: Discuss any personal or professional attributes that make you an ideal candidate for the program. Feel free to mention any achievements, skills, or experiences that will contribute to your success in the program and in the field of Health Administration.

5. Concluding Remarks: Sum up your main points and restate your enthusiasm for the program and the institution.

Note: If you are still in the process of completing your degree, indicate this in the personal statement video

Submission Guidelines:

1. Save your video with the filename format: `LastName_FirstName_MHA_CSUN_VideoEssay`.

2. Upload the video to a secure, shareable cloud storage service

3. Set the permissions to ‘Anyone with the link can view’.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in your application being disqualified.

Thank you for being interested in the master’s degree in health administration at California State University, Northridge. We look forward to learning more about you through your video essay.