Admission and Financial Aid

PhD in Health Economics

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 2020 cohort will open in September of 2019 and will close on January 15, 2020.

The application deadline to be considered for standard financial-aid packages consisting of a graduate assistantship (stipend, tuition remission, other benefits) is January 15 (11:59:59 pm Pacific 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
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.

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. English-Language Proficiency Test Scores for International Applicants
The minimum TOEFL score is 100 for the internet-based test (IBT) or an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6 on each band. For exemption information, click here. Higher scores are given priority for consideration of teaching and research assistantship should funds for this form of financial support become available.

5. 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

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 15 (11:59:59 pm Pacific Time). 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 program director, Seth Seabury, PhD, Associate Professor.