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Arnold School of Public Health


Health Services Policy and Management

If you would like to apply to the Health Services Policy and Management MHA Professional Format (MHA), Master of Public Health (MPH) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, you will need to submit your application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) prospective applicants can apply through SOPHAS or the Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS).  Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH), Master of Public Administration / Master of Public Health (MPA/MPH), and Doctor of Law/Master of Healthcare Administration (JD/MHA) applicants will need to apply through the USC Graduate School. 

MHA Professional Format, MPH and PhD applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.  MHA applicants can apply though SOPHAS or the Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS), but should select one application or the other, not both.  More information can be found at:  HAMPCAS.  MSW/MPH, MPA/MPH, and JD/MHA prospective students will apply through the USC Graduate School.  

Application requirements include:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (MHA and MPH); Applicants should have a master’s degree in health administration, business administration, public health, public administration, or a health-sciences related degree. Exceptions to this list will be considered by petition to the faculty (PhD)
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores
    • MHA Professional Format, MHA, MPH, and PhD: GRE Institution code - 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
    • MSW/MPH and JD/MHA: GRE Institution code - 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program codes: Master of Health Administration - JV2-JW-12; Master of Public Health - JV2-JW-72; Doctor of Philosophy - JV2-JW-46
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives

For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – (minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam (minimum overall band score of 6.5). Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP).

Additional Admissions Information

Health Services Policy and Management Ph.D.

Students should have a master’s degree in health administration, business administration, public health, public administration or a health-sciences related degree. Exceptions to this list will be considered by petition to the faculty. Previous graduate-level course work should include health finance, statistics, organizational behavior, health economics and epidemiology, or the student will have to make up deficiencies. Applicants with three or more deficiency areas may be given a conditional admission, contingent upon making up the deficiencies. Courses taken to make up deficiencies do not count toward the degree program. A strong student may be admitted with only a bachelor’s degree but will be required to complete all requirements for the MPH degree before beginning the doctoral program.

The test scores requirement may be waived for applicants with a terminal clinical degree or other advanced degrees (such as M.D., M.B.B.S., D.D.S., J.D., or Ph.D.) on a case-by-case basis.

An interview with the departmental faculty is highly recommended.

Health Services Policy and Management MHA

MHA applicants can apply though Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) or the Health Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS), but should select one application or the other, not both.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives in the context of the questions listed below

  • Why are you applying to this program?

  • How will this program contribute to your projected career?

  • What is your experience working in teams and what can you contribute to a team?

  • Please provide any additional information that you think will help us to evaluate your application.

Health Services Policy and Management JD/MHA: 

Applicants must be separately accepted by the University of South Carolina Law School and the MHA program as per their respective admission criteria. 

Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives in the context of the questions listed below

  • Why are you applying to this program?

  • How will this program contribute to your projected career?

  • What is your experience working in teams and what can you contribute to a team?

  • Please provide any additional information that you think will help us to evaluate your application.

Health Services Policy and Management MHA Professional Format

A minimum of three years of professional work experience in a healthcare setting. Applicants with a prior professional degree may be eligible to waive test scores – please contact the Program Manager for further details.