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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. 

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health will launch our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Go here for more information.

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.  

 

Admissions Information by Degree

Health Services Policy and Management MHA

Special Note: All international applicants should contact the Program Manager or MHA Program Director before applying.

Applicants wishing to submit an application after the deadline should contact the Program Manager or MHA Program Director at durdenta@mailbox.sc.edu or olatosi@mailbox.sc.edu before applying in SOPHAS or HAMPCAS.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • 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 you think will help us evaluate your application
    • The Statement of Purpose and Objectives is a great opportunity to express your unique qualifications, experiences and reasons for applying to the MHA program. Prepare your letter carefully by using details and specific examples to describe your distinctive qualities.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Health Administration JV2-JW-12
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School: 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208
Health Services Policy and Management MHA Professional Format

Special Note: All international applicants should contact the Program Manager or MHA Program Director before applying.

Applicants wishing to submit an application after the deadline should contact the Program Manager or MHA Program Director at durdenta@mailbox.sc.edu or olatosi@mailbox.sc.edu before applying in SOPHAS.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • A minimum of three years of professional work experience in a healthcare setting
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score). Applicants with a prior professional degree may be eligible to waive test scores – please contact the Program Manager for further details.
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • 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 you think will help us evaluate your application
    • The Statement of Purpose and Objectives is a great opportunity to express your unique qualifications, experiences and reasons for applying to the MHA program. Prepare your letter carefully by using details and specific examples to describe your distinctive qualities.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended (SOPHAS offers applicants the option to have coursework professionally entered after the receipt of all official transcripts. This service is available for an additional fee.)
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Health Administration JV2-JW-12
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208
Health Services Policy and Management JD/MHA

Special Note: All international applicants should contact the Program Manager or MHA Program Director before applying.

Applicants wishing to submit an application after the deadline should contact the Program Manager or MHA Program Director at durdenta@mailbox.sc.edu or olatosi@mailbox.sc.edu before applying in SOPHAS or HAMPCAS.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • 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 you think will help us evaluate your application
    • The Statement of Purpose and Objectives is a great opportunity to express your unique qualifications, experiences and reasons for applying to the MHA program. Prepare your letter carefully by using details and specific examples to describe your distinctive qualities.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Health Administration JV2-JW-12
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Applicants must be separately accepted by the Law School and the MHA program as per their respective admission criteria. Dual Degree - administered jointly by the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the USC School of Law.

Health Services Policy and Management MPH

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at 803-777-1627 or kenison@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Public Health-JV2-JW-72
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208
Health Services Policy and Management MPH Distance Format

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at 803-777-1627 or kenison@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • 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
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Public Health-JV2-JW-72
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208
Health Services Policy and Management MPA/MPH

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at 803-777-1627 or kenison@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Public Health-JV2-JW-72
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Dual Degree - administered jointly by the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the USC Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Health Services Policy and Management MSW/MPH

Special Note: Contact the program graduate director in the Department of Health Services Policy and Management at 803-777-1627 or kenison@mailbox.sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution 
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of at least 295 or the equivalent GMAT score)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • 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
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 5818 (U of South Carolina Columbia)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Master of Public Health-JV2-JW-72
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

Dual Degree - administered jointly by the Arnold School of Public Health Department of Health Services Policy and Management and the USC College of Social Work.

Health Services Policy and Management Ph.D.

Special Note: Applicants wishing to submit an application after the deadline should contact the program graduate director at 803-576-6550 or mkhan@mailbox.sc.edu.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE or GMAT scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended 
  • 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)
  • GRE or GMAT scores 
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
    • GMAT ETS DI code: 5861; Program code Doctor of Philosophy-JV2-JW-46
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818 
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School:  
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

An interview with departmental faculty is required.  After reviewing the application, the department will contact the eligible applicants by e-mail to arrange the interview.