Admission to Master of Science in Healthcare Management Program

Admission to the M.S. in Healthcare 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. Healthcare Management program requires a 2.75 or better GPA. In addition, the program requires one or more years of work experience in healthcare, and two letters of recommendation.

Applications may be sent by mail to:

California State University, Los Angeles

College of Business and Economics, HCM Graduate Admissions

Graduate Programs Office SH 256B

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8120


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

Applicants should send the following:

(1) A separate Graduate Program Online Application form (Please create an account and fill in an online form) or a hard copy Application.

(2) A cover letter addressed to Graduate Admissions Coordinator, M.S. Healthcare 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 healthcare field;
c. Full name, address, email, and telephone number of the applicant;
d. If available, the applicant’s Cal State L.A. campus identification number;
e. The applicant’s undergraduate GPA in the last 90 quarter units.

(3) A resume that documents work experience in healthcare.

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

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

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.

Applications 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.