Graduates with PharmD, MD, MPH or bachelor’s degrees in economics, statistics, public health, health services research and vother 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.
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.
Limited sources of support, including the department’s research funds, may be available depending upon external grants awarded.