Admission & Financial Aid

PhD in Health Economics

Deadline for Admission

The application deadline to be considered for standard financial-aid packages consisting of a graduate assistantship (stipend, tuition remission, other benefits) is January 15 (9pm Pacific Time, midnight Eastern Time). Applicants wishing to compete for university and other special fellowships must apply by December 1 to be considered.

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Admission Requirements

Graduates with PharmD, MD, MPH, and master’s or bachelor’s degrees in economics, statistics, computer science, mathematics and other related fields are invited to apply for this PhD program.

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

1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score
A minimum GRE score of 300 (verbal and quantitative) is generally needed to be competitive.

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

3. Letters of Recommendation
Three reference letters from faculty or supervisors knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic performance and intellectual capability are required. These letters should provide a thorough assessment of the applicant’s experience in research, motivation and potential development capacity and creativity as an academic scholar.

4. TOEFL Scores for International Students
A minimum of TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, 100 for the IBT test (with none of the four sections below 20) or a 7 on the IELTS (International English Language Test System) 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

A limited number of fellowships and other special financial aid awards are available, on a competitive basis, to applicants who apply by December 1. Students applying for standard financial-aid packages (teaching assistantships, tuition remission, living stipends) must apply by January 1. Teaching and research assistantship appointments provide a stipend plus full remission of tuition fees at 12 credits per semester. Other limited sources of support, including department research funds, may be available depending upon external grants awarded.

All financial awards are granted to excellent candidates based on competitive academic records.

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 Figueroa Street, Unit A
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 821-7941
FAX: (213)740-3462
jmccombs@usc.edu