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

Top 25 Online Colleges and Universities 2013 award by the Guide to Online Schools

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’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.

Michael ParsleyClass of 2013

The program enabled me to transition into health care. I currently work as a strategic consultant for health care providers.

Tamina VahidyClass of 2012

Excel in an 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

$94K Salary

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

333,000 Jobs

Medical and health services managers held about 333,000 jobs in 2014.
-- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

17% Growth

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

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 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:

Communication and Relationship Management

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.

Business Acumen

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.

Tony AllegreeClass of 2013

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 MacieClass of 2013

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 ParsleyClass of 2013

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 quarterly schedule. Each of the courses "meets" for 10 weeks, for a total of 10 sessions and 10 instructional modules per course.

Each instructional module contains:

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 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.

STAT 1000 Requirement

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.

Required Courses

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


Year 1
Spring '17 Summer '17 Fall '17 Winter '18
HCA 6200 HCA 6270 HCA 6280 HCA 6260
HCA 6225 HCA 6275 HCA 6250 HCA 6230
Year 2
Spring '18 Summer '18
HCA 6899* HCA 6210
HCA 6240
HCA 6290

*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.

Featured Faculty

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.”

Preethi Raghu

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Preethi Raghu

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. 

Lois Ritter

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).

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Additional Faculty:

Toni Fogarty

Amy Pradhan

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

Admission Requirements

The next admission quarter for Cal State East Bay's Online MS in Health Care Administration Program is Spring 2017.  In Fall 2018, the University will operate on a semester basis instead of on a quarter basis.  After Spring 2017, admission will only be in the fall semesters, starting with Fall 2018. 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. 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."). 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

Undergraduate Transcripts

All undergraduate/graduate transcript, which must be sent directly to University Admissions, NOT the Department.

Health Care Experience

Two years’ of professional experience in the U.S. health care field

Applying to the Program

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.

Admission Deadlines

Spring 2017:

  • The Spring 2017 application period begins August 1, 2016 and ends on February 1, 2017.  The online CSU Mentor application, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume, and statement of purpose must be submitted by February 1.  Please note that the submission deadline for transcripts for the online MS in Health Care Administration program is earlier than the University submission deadline.
  • For priority admission consideration, all application materials should be submitted by December 15, 2016.   Applications received after December 15 will receive space-available admission consideration.  Space is limited, so apply early.

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.

Common Questions

How many courses must I complete in each quarter?
You are required to complete two courses per quarter for six consecutive quarters.

Does the program accept course transfer units or course substitution units?
The Online MS-HCA program requires the completion of 12 4-unit courses, for a total of 48 units. Transfers or course substitutions for any of the 12 courses are not accepted.

How do I get the STAT 1000 requirement waived?
You must have completed a basic Statistics class within the last five years and received a grade of C or better. You will need to send a copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine) for the course if it wasn't taken at Cal State East Bay to the Graduate Coordinator, Toni Fogarty. She will be able to waive the course for you.

When do the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer classes start?
Fall classes begin near the end of September, Winter classes begin near the 2nd week of January, Spring classes begin near the 1st week of April, and Summer classes begin near the end of June.

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.

Who to Contact for Help

How do I contact an advisor about the program?
Toni Fogarty, Ph.D., MPH 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.

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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 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.)


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