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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Policy and Management

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Ph.D. Admission Criteria, Materials, and Timeline

Applications are accepted from individuals with the following credentials:

  1. A master’s degree in health services administration or a related field (e.g. public health, public administration, business, social sciences, biological sciences, nursing).
  2. Minimum grade-point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for all post-baccalaureate course work.
  3. At least 1 graduate-level statistics course.
  4. A set of prerequisite courses must also be completed before applying. Applicants should demonstrate successful completion of the following course work (a minimum of 3 graduate-level credit hours in each area) during their prior education:
  • Health delivery systems
  • Health economics
  • Health care finance
  • Health care management
  • Health behavior/organizations
  • Health policy

Please note that the application process is online; see the Healthy Policy & Management website for instructions. The following materials are required:

  1. A completed KU graduate application for admission (domestic student application/international student application).
  2. A nonrefundable application fee.
  3. 3 academic letters of recommendation.
  4. A statement of career objectives and purpose.
  5. Transcripts of all post-secondary academic work.
  6. Graduate Record Examination general exam scores not more than 5 years old, submitted to the department directly by Educational Testing Service.
  7. A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis, graduate-level research paper or other example of the applicant’s scholarly research writing.
  8. A copy of the applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae.

In the case of international applicants, completion of the TOEFL within the last 2 years, demonstrating high proficiency, is required. When submitting test scores to KUMC, please submit only original scores sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies will not be accepted. For testing purposes, the ETS school code is 6895. Transcript evaluation is also required. See the Health Policy and Management website for additional information.

A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

The above materials must be submitted online no later than February 15 for entry the following August.

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