PhD Program FAQs

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Applying to the Program

  • 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.

  • We accept applications for the fall semester only. Visit the PhD Admissions website for the current deadline.

  • 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.

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