Admission and Financial Aid

MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Deadline for Submission of Application Materials

The admission application deadlines are January 15 (9pm PCT, midnight EST) for the fall semester. This program admits new graduate students on a two-year cycle with new classes admitted in even-numbered years.

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Admission Requirements

Graduates with PharmD, MD, MPH or bachelor’s degrees in economics, statistics, public health, health services research and other related fields are encouraged to apply for the MS program. Individuals with experience in the health care field are particularly welcome.

The department’s Graduate Review Committee for the master’s program considers applications based on the following conditions:

Preparatory Course Work
Students are encouraged to have completed upper-division courses in statistical methods, calculus and microeconomics prior to entering the program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score
A minimum combined GRE score of 300 (verbal and quantitative) is encouraged.

Overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
A minimum GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0) is required. Special attention may be given to the grades achieved most recently in courses relevant to our program (e.g., statistics, economic analysis, health economics and quantitative analysis).

Letters of Recommendation
Three reference letters from faculty or supervisors with knowledge of the applicant’s academic performance and intellectual capability are required. The letters should provide a clear assessment of the applicant’s experience in the health care field, analytical ability, motivation, creativity and potential for future advancement.

TOEFL Scores for International Students
A minimum of TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, 90 for the IBT test (with none of the four sections below 20) or a 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Test System), with no less than 6 on each band score, is required for admission. Higher scores are given priority for consideration of teaching and research assistantship should funds for this form of financial support become available.

Financial Aid

Limited sources of support, including the department’s research funds, may be available depending upon external grants awarded.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey McCombs
Director of Graduate Studies
Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics + Policy
University of Southern California
School of Pharmacy
Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
3335 S. Figuerora Streeet, Unit A
Los Angeles, CA 90089-7273
Phone: (213) 821-7941
FAX: (213) 740-3462
jmccombs@usc.edu