Visit the Graduate Admissions page [NEED LINK] for admission criteria.
We accept applications for the fall semester only. Visit the Admissions website [NEED LINK] for the current deadline.
The department requires all applicants to the PhD program, regardless of their academic or professional background, to submit the scores from the GRE exam taken within five years of the semester for which you are applying. We do not require scores from any of the specialized exams. The department will not accept the MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT as substitutes for the GRE. We do consider test scores as part of the review process. Minimum scores in both the verbal and quantitative sections above the 50 percentile range are preferred.
Students must have a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution before being admitted to the 72-credit PhD program. Additional information about credit transfer is available in Mason's University Catalog.
Life as a PhD Student
The PhD program can be completed on a part-time (6 credit hours per semester or less) or full-time (at least 9 credit hours per semester) basis. While some classes will be offered online, the majority of the classes will be held on the Fairfax or Arlington Campuses.
Graduate courses are offered on weekday evenings (4:30 and 7:20 p.m.), weekends, and online. Most classes are offered on the Fairfax Campus, while some policy-centric courses are offered at the Arlington Campus. To provide further flexibility for our students, we also offer some courses in a hybrid format, which meet every other week in the classroom and then engage in online learning activities during the weeks they do not meet.
Yes, prospective students are welcome to visit Mason. The admissions office conducts campus tours, or you can contact the department directly if you would like to meet faculty within the program.
PhD students are encouraged to join Mason’s nationally recognized AcademyHealth Student Chapter. The chapter plans networking, career exploration, and social events.
Doctoral students are required to attend a research seminar for three semesters. In addition, each academic year the department collaborates with Mason’s Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) to offer a series of presentations featuring experts in the field of health policy and research. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend.
George Mason is a public university with excellent tuition rates for those who qualify for Virginia residency. Current rates can be viewed by visiting the web page for Student Accounts.
Students in the PhD in Health Services Research have the opportunity to apply to research assistantships. In addition, they can apply for scholarships and financial aid to support their predoctoral work or dissertation research. Please visit the funding opportunities page for information.
Research and Career Opportunities
This interdisciplinary PhD program allows students to benefit from the wide variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise of the faculty within the program. More information about the research interests of the program faculty can be found on the health policy research page and the health informatics research page.
Visit the PhD program career page for information.