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Thank you for your interest in the USC Healthcare Decision Analysis program.

Please review the following steps in order to submit your application:

Application Eligibility Requirements

  • Earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • International students only: TOEFL (minimum 90 with no less than 20 in each section) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 with no less than 6 on each band score)
  • GRE is required for application (unless an exemption is granted)
    • Exemption to the GRE requirement may be available to highly qualified individuals, on a case-by-case basis
      • Typically, exemption is granted to individuals with advanced degrees from the U.S. in science, business, or economics and/or with 10 years or greater professional experience in the healthcare industry
      • Please contact us to inquire about your eligibility

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for admission for the fall, spring and summer terms, and students may enter into the program at any semester throughout the year.  The priority review deadline (one month before each final deadline) is particularly suggested for international students in order to ensure that visa requirements are met for the expected start date.

Deadlines (priority deadline is one month before)

  • Fall 2017:  July 1

Current USC students may apply for the MS program up until two weeks before the start of the semester. USC students who are interested in enrolling in HCDA courses may contact the Program Administrator, Michelle Ton, at

How to Apply

Online Application

Submit your application online using USC uniCAS application system

Any technical questions should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions

Part 1

  • Select “Create Account”.
  • Under “Add Program” tab, select the following information:
    • School: USC School of Pharmacy
    • Program Level: Master
    • Department: Healthcare Decision Analysis
    • Term: Select which semester you are applying for.
    • Delivery: On-Campus
  • Go to the “My Application” tab to fill out the Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information (optional), and Program Materials quadrants.
  • Upload a one-page personal statement; one page, single-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins.
  • At least two letters of recommendation must accompany your application. Recommenders should submit their letters online through the USC uniCAS Application System.  The recommender will receive notification from USC so that they can submit their letter of recommendation. You are responsible for ensuring that your recommenders upload an accompanying letter of recommendation to the system. 
  • NOTE: If you do not have unofficial transcripts to upload, you can override this requirement in the application system by uploading a “dummy document”. You will then be able to successfully move forward and submit your application to USC. 
  • A resume/curriculum vitae is optional
  • $90 application fee (mandatory)
    • The HCDA program does not administer the online application system and cannot comment on and/or waive the fee
    • Please direct your inquiry to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  • Please contact us if you have questions regarding GRE scores or run into issues with the application process.

Part 2

  • If applicable, request that the testing agency send GRE, TOEFL or IELTS scores to USC.

             USC’s ETS Institution Code is 4852 or University of Southern California.  A program code is not necessary. 

  • Mail official transcripts (issued directly by the university) from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions to:

USC Schaeffer Center
Healthcare Decision Analysis Program, Attn: Michelle Ton
635 Downey Way, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3333

IMPORTANT: Your application cannot be reviewed without official electronic test scores and official transcripts.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact our Program Administrator:

Michelle Ton
(213) 821-6478

We look forward to receiving your application!