Admission to the PhD in Health Services Research Program

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You can find information regarding the admissions process, requirements, deadlines, and fees on the Graduate Admissions for HAP Programs web site. Detailed admissions requirements for each program along with the online application can be found on the University Admissions web site.

Please contact the Department of Health Administration and Policy at or 703-993-1929 with all application questions. A summary of admissions requirements is listed below.

Admissions Deadlines

Spring Deadline

No spring admissions

Fall Deadline

April 1

George Mason University Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum application criteria does not guarantee admission. Selection criteria differ by program and are established by the faculty of that program. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. The faculty determines the number of admission offers to extend based on the resources available to the program. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

The general university graduate admission standards include the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent. Applicants with a degree from an international institution must submit a transcript evaluation showing that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.
  • A 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale or better in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. For applicants with postbaccalaureate credits, a separate GPA is calculated for each institution. The difficulty of the baccalaureate degree and professional work experience may be considered in assessing the application for admission.

Program Admissions Standards

Health Services Research, PhD

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and volunteer experience, evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the doctoral level, and GRE scores.

Graduate courses in statistics, economics, health systems and public health, health policy, and health informatics are recommended as preparation for the curriculum in the PhD in health services research program.

Students applying to the PhD program must hold a master’s degree or equivalent.

Students with MDs, JDs, or prior PhDs may also apply.

Application Materials

Applicants for graduate study must upload supporting documents when submitting their online application. Complete applications include:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee.
  • Application for Virginia in-state tuition rates, if claiming entitlement to these rates. This is built into the online application.
  • Transcripts.
  • Goals statement as required by the program.
  • Letters of recommendation as required by the program
  • Resumé.
  • Official exam scores, such as GRE or GMAT, reported directly from the appropriate testing service, as required by the program.
  • Other materials specified by the program.
  • International applicants (those with an undergraduate degree from outside the United States) should review their additional requirements as listed on the international applicant page of the Admissions website.
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility. This form is required for international students requesting an I-20 visa.

Departmental Form

Please complete the PhD in Health Services Research Department Form and upload with your graduate application.

Resume' or Curriculum Vitae

The curriculum vitae or resume should include an up-to-date employment history, list of publications, awards, grants submitted and grants received to date by the applicant.

Expanded Goals Statement

Health Services Research, PhD

Instead of the general statement, submit a 1,000 word written statement of academic goals describing your research area of interest for advanced study in health services research and goals post-graduation.

GRE Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination(GRE) General Exam must be completed within the past five years. Scores in the 50th percentile or better are preferred. 

Letters of Recommendation as Required by the Program

Most graduate programs within CHHS require two letters of recommendation as part of the application process. The people best suited to provide recommendation for graduate study on the applicant's behalf (recommenders) are faculty members, university administrators, or internship supervisors who are in a position to knowledgeably discuss the applicant's academic potential for graduate study, as well as the applicant's personal qualities and experiences. Applicants who have been out of school for some time are welcome to submit recommendations from supervisors.

Near the end of the online application process, applicants will be prompted to provide the names and email addresses of each recommender. Once the application is submitted, the application system automatically notifies recommenders that they have been named as recommenders and tells them how to submit the letter online.

It is appropriate to ask the recommenders in advance if they would be willing to submit a recommendation. Consider alerting recommenders after the online application is complete to be on the look-out for the electronic notice asking for them to complete the recommendation form.

You can resend a recommendation request through the Self -Service Center. However, in order to change the name of a recommender, you will need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions ( Letters will not be accepted in lieu of this electronic form.

Please note: Recommenders must submit these forms online by following the prompt sent through email. If the recommender is not able to use the online system, they may submit recommendations directly to Letters of recommendation cannot be submitted by the applicant on behalf of the recommender, unless they are in a signed and sealed envelope from the recommender.

Use the prompt within the graduate application. To resend or change Recommendation requests please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions (

If the Recommender is not able to use the online system, they may submit recommendations directly to