This 42-credit hour master's program provides students with the skills necessary to become health policy decision makers at the local, state, and national levels; consultants; or public health advocates in the United States and abroad. Students are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to assess health systems approaches; formulate policy; and support policy development in health care financing, health and medical professional development, health systems innovation, and the allocation of scarce resources.
The program curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog. Courses are taught once a week in the late afternoon and evening, and a course is occasionally offered on alternate Saturdays. Some courses are also taught in an online format to provide students with flexible options.
Students can complete their degree at their own pace; however, students must complete their degree within six (6) years of starting the program. The program culminates with the student enrolling in the Final Project in Applied Health Policy course. While course schedules are subject to change, here is an example of a course sequence for students enrolled in the program. While students should follow this sequence, it is important for them to meet with their academic advisor at the beginning of the program and once a semester for guidance in developing and implementing a matriculation plan.
The curriculum was carefully developed so students graduating from the program will achieve competency in six crucial areas. These core competencies comprise the framework for the program.
Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background and any additional evidence of potential success in the program.
Program Admission Standards
Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and volunteer experience and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level. The GRE is not required; however, it is strongly recommended for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0.
One set of official transcripts from all institutions attended. For all degrees obtained outside the U.S., transcripts must be evaluated. View the international transcript submission guidelines for application to Mason graduate programs. In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts into your application. You will still be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. However, unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission review. Please review the FAQs regarding transcripts on the university admissions website if you have further questions about transcript submission. Visit Graduate Application Requirements for HAP Programs for more information.