A master’s degree is not necessarily a requirement for this program; relevant research experience may be considered in lieu of a master’s degree. Students who are completing their Bachelor’s degree however, are not yet prepared to apply. Entering students should have a foundation of basic knowledge (master’s level) in health economics, epidemiology and health policy. Most applicants, however, do hold a master’s degree and have had relevant work experience. Students without prior master’s-level coursework in these areas will need to remedy deficiencies in their first year.
Experience working in the health sector is viewed favorably by the Admissions Committee as prior research experience. A criterion for admission is at least a B (3.0) grade-point average or the equivalent in work completed after the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program and in all post-baccalaureate course work.
Applicants must submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general scores not more than five years old. The average entering student has a verbal score above the 90th percentile and a quantitative score over 700. Students who are applying for the health economics track should also submit analytical scores.
A minimum of three letters of recommendation must be submitted as part of the application process; two sets of original transcripts are also required. Writing samples in the form of published articles and journal abstracts may be submitted.