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Master of Science in Health Sciences

Cleveland State University’s Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) is a post-baccalaureate online degree designed to prepare individuals for emerging leadership roles in the rapidly changing healthcare, social, and community services environments and to enhance opportunities for advancement in clinical, educational, administrative, and research positions. As such, the goal of the Master of Science in Health Sciences Program (MSHS) is to meet the educational needs of two groups of students:

  1. Licensed Health Care Providers seeking increased responsibility and leadership positions within their discipline for: academic and clinical teaching, clinical research, career development, clinical supervision and administration, and/or program planning, development and evaluation.
  2. General Track Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences or a degree in a related area who are not licensed health care providers but are seeking careers in health and human services settings providing auxiliary administrative and management services (e.g. research departments, medical labs, medical records, or continuing education).
  3. Pre-Professional Students (med, dent, pharm, etc) seeking a gap year to complete pre-requisite coursework and further MCAT preparation.
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School of Health Sciences
Phone 216.687.3567

Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    •  From individuals who are familiar with your work and can assess your academic preparation, abilities, and accomplishments. These may be from previous instructors, supervisors, or professional colleagues who are familiar with your recent activities.
  • Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other equivalent standardized test for graduate admissions (DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and PCAT) taken within the past five years must be provided. 
    • The standardized test requirement may be waived for students who have: 
      • Previous relevant graduate degrees
      • Relevant post graduate certificates/licensure
      • Professional experience
      • Students who have been accepted into the PA program at Tri-C

*Admission to the program is based on a combination of a candidate’s undergraduate GPA and the graduate admission test score.  

-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 & at least 17 in each section
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50
  • iTEP: 3.8

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester – May 15th
    • Spring Semester – October 15th
    • Summer Semester – March 15th

Program Requirements

  • HSC 501 - Issues in Health Science
  • HSC 502 - Leadership Roles in Health Sciences
  • HSC 503 - Research & Analysis
  • HSC 504 - Seminar in Health Sciences Professions
  • HSC 505 - Culture & Health Care

Select one course from the following list:

  • HSC 510 - Principles of Evidence-Based Practice in Health Sciences
  • HSC 513 - Outcomes Assessment
  • HSC 523 - Educational Evaluations in Health Sciences
  • HSC 533 - Program Development & Evaluation

Select two additional HSC courses to meet professional interests: 

  • HSC 512 - Evolving Technologies in Health Care
  • HSC 514 - Occupational and Physical Therapy in the Schools
  • HSC 520 - Physiology for the Clinical Sciences
  • HSC 522 - Fundamentals of Curriculum in Health Sciences
  • HSC 526 - Functional Performance of Older Adults
  • HSC 531 - Principles of Management for Health Sciences
  • HSC 541 - Environmental Health
  • HSC 543 - Legal and Policy Issues in Health Sciences
  • HSC 544 - Social Issues in Health Care
  • HSC 548 - Palliative Care
  • HSC 550 - Physiology Lab
  • HSC 570 - Special Topics
  • HSC 571 - LGBT Health Disparities: A Public Health Perspective
  • HSC 575 - Human Gross Anatomy
  • HSC 577 - Neuroscience Systems
  • HSC 581 - Pathology
  • HSC 588 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • HSC 690 - Independent Study

Elective Courses (9 Credits)

Students select three additional courses from HSC and/or from other departments. Students are encouraged to discuss their selection with the MSHS Director or a Program advisor in order to develop a concentration of courses that meets their professional and educational goals. Up to nine credits of graduate courses from an accredited institution may be transferred as electives, with approval from the MSHS Director and the College of Graduate Studies. Students may also complete a related graduate certificate to satisfy the elective requirement.



Capstone (3-6 Credits)

Every student must complete a significant, original research project by completing one of the following courses: 

  • HSC 691 - Thesis
  • HSC 692 - Masters Project

The Master's Project is the more common method of completion of the MSHS degree.  It requires a committee of two faculty-- a primary advisor and one reader.  

The Thesis is usually completed by students who have plans to pursue doctoral studies.  It requires a committee of three faculty-- an advisor and two readers.  It customarily takes two to three semesters beyond all course work to complete the Thesis.  It is strongly preferred that students participate in some aspect of their advisor's research to complete the Thesis.

Did You Know?

Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • This program prepares individuals for emerging leadership roles in the rapidly changing healthcare, social, and community services environments and to enhance opportunities for advancement in clinical, educational, administrative, and research positions.
  • Graduates from the MSHS program are working in diverse locations including: hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other patient care facilities, private agencies, government positions, nonprofit organizations, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing companies, medical laboratories, and consulting firms.
  • Positions graduates commonly obtain include: medical and health services manager, health education specialist, claims reviewer, medical equipment sales representative, and community health specialist.
  • These are some of the local companies that are hiring CSU grads: ICS Laboratories, University Hospitals, Johnson & Johnson, Cleveland Clinic, Case Western, American Health Associates, and MetroHealth Medical Center.