Graduate Certificate, Health Administration

Graduate Certificate in Health Administration

The Marybelle and Paul S. Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions encourages the growth and development of professionals connected with the healthcare industry by offering a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration.  This certificate program allows students to obtain specialized knowledge and expertise in health administration. Healthcare professionals with a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may opt to pursue a non-degree curriculum in health administration and receive a graduate certificate.

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid.  Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Required Courses (9 credits):

HAUU 640 Foundations of Healthcare Administration 3
HAUU 641 Law, Ethics, and Health Services 3
HAUU 642 Healthcare Information and Communication Systems 3
HAUU 645 Healthcare Economics 3


Electives (3 credits)
Choose one of the following:

CSCU 683 Project Management for Business Majors 3
HAUU 651 Quality Management in Healthcare 3


Total Credits 12
Some programs available to California residents only
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