Admission to Master of Science in Health Care Management Program

Admission to the M.S. in Health Care Management program in the College of Business and Economics is a two-step process. Students must first be admitted to the University and then must satisfy the College's requirements for admission to graduate programs.

For admission to the University, applicants must have:

  1. Submit an official CSU Graduate Application to the University.
    (You will need to create an account in order to fill out the application)

  2. A baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or equivalent academic preparation as determined by Admissions and University Outreach or another appropriate campus authority.

  3. Two official transcripts, which must include verification of the bachelor's degree.

  4. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (4.0=A) in their latest 90 quarter (or 60 semester) units attempted and good standing at the last college attended.

  5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 (internet based test), 213 (computer version) or 550 (paper version) for those applicants who earned a bachelor's degree to a school where English was not the principal language of instruction.

In addition to University requirements for admission to Cal State L.A. for graduate study, the M.S. Health Care Management program requires a 2.75 or better grade point average (GPA) in the last 90 quarter units of undergraduate studies. (90 quarter units are equivalent to 60 semester credits.) In addition, the program requires one or more years of work experience in health care, and two letters of recommendation.

Domestic students should apply to the M.S. Health Care Management program after acceptance by the University to graduate studies. International students should apply to the University and the M.S. Health Care Management program at the same time.

Applications may be sent by mail to:

Coordinator, M.S. Health Care Management Program
Management Department
College of Business and Economics
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Email applications may be sent to Graduate Admissions Counselor Jane Ratan at

Applicants should send the following:

(1) A cover letter addressed to the Coordinator, M.S. Health Care Management program, College of Business and Economics, requesting admission to the program, including:
a. the quarter and year in which applicant intends to enroll if admitted;
b. the number of years the applicant has worked in the health care;
c. Full name, address, email, and telephone number of the applicant;
d. If available, the applicant’s CSULA campus identification number;
e. The applicant’s undergraduate GPA in the last 90 quarter units.

(2) A resume that documents work experience in health care.

(3) A statement of the applicant’s career objectives, indicating why the applicant is pursuing the degree.

(4) Two letters of recommendation, preferably from persons who have supervised the applicant's work in a health care setting. Letters may be provided on the organization’s letterhead and addressed to the Coordinator, M.S. Health Care Management Program, alternatively on the recommendation forms.

(5) A completed “course program” and quarter-by-quarter plan of the courses the applicant intends to take.

(6) A photocopy of the university’s letter of acceptance to graduate studies (for domestic students; not required of international applicants).

  • Request a document containing information about the M.S. Health Care Management program, with sample course program and quarter-by quarter plans

The College examines each candidate's potential, taking into consideration all academic work experience, level of responsibility, and other factors that may have a bearing on the individual's potential for success. Applicants are evaluated on the merits of their own application in comparison with those of all other applicants for the quarter.

Applicants without proper documentation, i.e., official transcripts, test scores, employment history, essays, etc., will not be processed.

Students who are admitted but do not register in the quarter for which they applied must reapply to the University and pay another application fee if seeking admission to any future quarter. There is no deferred admission. Reapplication to the CBE is not necessary if readmission is sought within one academic year. Students who seek to reactivate their CBE graduate program application file for admission consideration must send a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Resources, indicating the quarter for which they seek admission. With the letter they must include information about any activities they have undertaken since the first application. Note that, unless granted a formal leave of absence, continuing graduate students who fail to attend at least two quarters in a given calendar year lose their continuing registration privileges and must compete for readmission with all other applicants.

Click here for the application deadlines.