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Application Deadlines

Admission Qualifications

  • Successful completion of at least one undergraduate-level statistics course from an accredited academic institution.
  • Conferred Master’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited academic institution with a final, cumulative, minimum GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
  • Official GRE score taken in last 5 years that meet the minimum requirement: Verbal 150; Quantitative 149; Analytic Writing 4.5. Acceptable substitutes to a GRE are a GMAT score of 600 or an MCAT score of 26-18.
  • TOEFL Paper-based 550; Computer-based 213; Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing) -OR- IELTS 7.0 if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.
  • PhD applicants who accept an offer to study at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health are required to complete a background check. New students will be prompted to complete the background check information after the new student’s name and email address are provided to the vendor by Admissions. The cost is paid for by the student (from $35 and up) and the process can take several days to several weeks to complete. Only the “Approved” or “Not Approved” results are communicated with Admissions; background check details are confidential and remain with the vendor performing this review.

Application Requirements

  • A personal statement (approximately 500 words) addressing areas of research interests; career goals; relevant experiences in teaching, research, publishing, and/or volunteering; and how this program connects to academic and professional goals. The Doctoral program in Health Systems & Policy is open to applicants with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds.
  • One academic or policy-oriented writing sample. Some examples might be a paper written for a graduate course, a published academic journal article, or a professional paper. Please submit a writing sample for which you are the sole author; no multiple authors please.
  • Official transcript from all higher education institutions attended.
  • Official GRE scores from testing center (GRE SOPHAS Code: 1045); acceptable substitutes are official GRE or MCAT scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program. At least one of these letters should come from a current or former graduate program professor.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • All applicants with foreign degrees are required to obtain a WES ICAP course-by-course credential evaluation
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory.