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How to Apply

Applications are submitted via The Graduate School's online application. An application is considered complete only when all required supporting documents have been received. If you have questions about the requirements or the completeness of your application, please contact the program.

GRE scores are not required. Please note that if an applicant starts to enter information in the test score fields on the application, they will then become required. All fields should be blank if you are not submitting scores.

For the required Statement of Purpose, applicants should state their objectives for pursuing graduate study and describe their professional goals and qualifications.

On the application's Program Information page, indicate whether you are applying for the master's program or a certificate option: 

  • To apply for master's degree admission: Select "Health Services and Outcomes Research: MS" (program code H04MS) and choose summer for the admission term, as master's applicants are admitted only in summer.
  • To apply for the certificate or non-degree program: Select "Health Services and Outcomes Research: Non-degree" (program code H04ND) and indicate your desired entry quarter. Certificate and non-degree students can be admitted each term, but we recommend starting in summer or fall. When you select the non-degree program, there will be a "specialization" section after program selection. Choose the appropriate area of specialization for your application: Methodology Certificate, Contemporary Issues Certificate or Non-Degree (at-large/non-degree special students).

Application Materials

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Letters should be submitted electronically via The Graduate School online application. In the recommendation section of the application, applicants enter the details for each letter provider, and the system will send an email prompt to that individual with a link to upload the recommendation letter.


Upload one set of transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. Applicants should upload unofficial transcripts to the online application (unofficial transcripts are either electronic copies from the institution or digital scans of official transcripts). Transcripts should document all courses taken, grades received and (if applicable) degrees earned. All admitted students are required to have their previous institutions send official, sealed transcripts to The Graduate School before the end of the first quarter of enrollment.


Submit your most recent curriculum vitae via the "Resume" section of The Graduate School online application.

Writing Sample

Submit electronically via The Graduate School online application's "writing sample" section:

  • Master’s degree: Provide a description of one key issue in health services research and discuss possible solutions (responses should be no more than 750 words).
  • Certificate program: Submit a recent paper or writing sample that is no longer than 15 pages. If submitting a co-authored paper, the applicant should be first author.