MS in Health Services and Systems Research

Application Requirements Quick Reference List


Fall 2017:

Currently accepting applications.


  • Bachelor’s degree attainment or work in progress. A bachelor’s degree must be conferred before attending SPH. Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree in a field related to health services research (i.e., social/behavioral science, epidemiology, management, biological sciences, or health professions) or must have completed substantial coursework in one of these fields.
  • Applicants must complete a minimum of one semester of college-level calculus and one semester of college-level statistics, each with a passing grade of B or better.

At least 1–2 years of research experience is strongly encouraged.

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GRE, GMAT, or MCAT. Official valid test scores must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may not waive this requirement.

Reporting Codes


Institution Code: 3101*
Department Code: Any


Reporting Code: P42-GS-99


Reporting Code: “SOPHAS”

In addition, international applicants must submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.

Applicants must submit official transcripts for all registered coursework from each college or university attended. The SOPHAS Official Transcript Request Form must be included with each transcript. This documentation must be sent from the registrar or designated school records official directly to SOPHAS. Official transcripts will not be accepted from the applicant. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted. International transcripts, including study abroad transcripts, may have additional requirements. International applicants should submit a WES ICAP evaluation.

If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript showing completed coursework and all work in progress. If you are accepted for admission, a final official transcript after degree conferral must be submitted directly to Boston University prior to matriculation.

SPH reserves the right to reevaluate your application for admission upon receipt of the final official transcript.

SPH requires three letters of recommendation for the applicant portfolio to be considered complete. The committee will be especially interested in references from former undergraduate or graduate school professors and former (or current) supervisors of health- or research-related employment.

SOPHAS provides an electronic submission process for all letters of recommendation.

Applicants must provide evidence of their preparedness, interest, and elementary understanding of the health services research field in the form of a concise personal statement.

This statement should include the following elements:

  • Reason for studying health services research.
  • Desired area of study within the department.
  • The anticipated value of health services research training at Boston University to the candidate’s personal career plans.
  • Relevance of prior education and experience to pursuing this degree.

A current curriculum vitae or résumé is required. This document should be uploaded directly to your SOPHAS application.

Upon receipt of your application from SOPHAS, you will be provided with a link to complete our brief supplemental application. Though a credit card is required, there is no fee for this application.

Contact Information

Ryan Manganelli
Admissions Coordinator
Boston University School of Public Health
715 Albany Street, Talbot Building
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-638-5001