Admission and Financial Aid

MS in Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy

Submission Deadline

NOTEApplications are accepted every two years starting in September of an odd year with a deadline of January 15 of an even year. For example, the application for the Fall 2022 cohort will open in September of 2021 and will close on January 15, 2022.

The admission application deadline January 15 (11:59:59 pm Pacific Time) 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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Graduate Program Online Application

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
The Health Economics program requires applicants to submit GRE scores.  There is no set minimum score required for admission, and GRE scores are considered in conjunction with all other parts of the application.

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.

4. English-Language Proficiency Test Scores for International Applicants
The minimum TOEFL score is 90 for the internet-based test (iBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6 on each band. For exemption information, click here.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Upload copies of official transcripts to the online application system. Mail official transcripts to the USC Office of Graduate Admission.  For instructions, click here.


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 program director, Seth Seabury, PhD, Associate Professor.