PhD in Health Services Research
Application Requirements Quick Reference List
Applications are currently closed.
Applications will be made available through SOPHAS in August of 2015 with an expected deadline of December 1, 2015.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in a field related to health services research (i.e., social/behavioral sciences, epidemiology, management, biological sciences, or health professions) or should have completed substantial coursework in these fields.
A graduate degree (or graduate work in process) in a relevant field is strongly encouraged, though the PhD program will consider exceptional candidates with a bachelor’s degree.
All applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of calculus and one semester of college-level statistics, each with a passing grade of B or better.
For the Health Economics field, applicants should have knowledge in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, probabilities and statistics, and differential equations, as well as intermediate-level microeconomics.
At least 1–2 years of research experience is strongly encouraged.
Standardized Test Scores
GRE. Official valid test scores must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may not waive this requirement.
Institution Code: 3101*
Department Code: Any
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.
Academic Transcripts or WES ICAP Evaluation
If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript showing all 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.
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
- the candidate’s reason for studying health services research
- her/his desired particular area of study within the department
- the anticipated value of health services research training at Boston University to the candidate’s personal career plans
- the relevance of her/his prior education and experience
CV or Résumé
Dr. Vicky Parker