For the PhD program, you must submit a completed online application, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, GRE scores, a resume, and transcripts from every post-secondary school attended. International applicants must meet Mason’s English language proficiency requirement and follow the university application instructions for international students.
The department requires all applicants to the PhD program, regardless of their academic or professional background, to submit the scores from the GRE exam taken within five years of the semester for which you are applying. We do not require scores from any of the specialized exams. The department will not accept the MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT as substitutes for the GRE. We do consider test scores as part of the review process. Minimum scores in both the verbal and quantitative sections above the 50 percentile range are preferred.
Students must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution before being admitted to the 72-credit PhD program. Up to 12 hours of past master’s-level credit may be substituted for an equal number of doctoral program credits, on a course-by-course basis, as approved by the doctoral program coordinator. Students will complete a minimum of 60 additional credits to earn the PhD in Health Services Research.
The PhD program can be completed on a part-time (6 credit hours per semester or less) or full-time (at least 9 credit hours per semester) basis. While some classes will be offered online, the majority of the classes will be held on the Fairfax or Arlington Campuses.
Graduate courses are offered on weekday evenings (4:30 and 7:20 p.m.), weekends, and online. Most classes are offered on the Fairfax Campus, while some policy-centric courses are offered at the Arlington Campus. To provide further flexibility for our students, we also offer some courses in a hybrid format, which meet every other week in the classroom and then engage in online learning activities during the weeks they do not meet.
Students in the PhD in Health Services Research have the opportunity to apply to research assistantships. In addition, they can apply for scholarships and financial aid to support their predoctoral work or dissertation research. Please visit the funding opportunities page for information.
This interdisciplinary PhD program allows students to benefit from the wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise of the faculty within the program. More information about the research interests of the program faculty can be found on the health policy research page and the health informatics research page.