Admission

Please follow the steps below to submit your HCDA application. We are available to guide you through our streamlined admission process.


Application Eligibility Requirements

  1. Earned bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  2. 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
  3. 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)

How to Apply

Online Application

Submit your application using the USC Graduate Online Application System. Any technical questions should be directed to ASK USC.

Part 1
  1. Select “Create Account”
  2. 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
  3. Go to the “My Application” tab to fill out the Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information (optional), and Program Materials quadrants
  4. Personal Statement
    • Upload a one-page personal statement; single-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins
  5. Letters of Recommendation
    • At least two letters of recommendation must accompany your application
    • Recommenders must submit their letters through the USC Online 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
  6. Resume/curriculum vitae (optional)
  7. $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 ASK USC

Please contact us if you have questions regarding GRE scores or run into issues with the application process.

Part 2
  1. GRE, TOEFL or IELTS
    • 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
  2. Transcripts
    • Mail official transcripts (issued directly by the university) from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions to:
Michelle Ton
USC Schaeffer Center
635 Downey Way, Suite 312
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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


Additional Information

For more information or assistance, please contact our program administrator for academic & student affairs:

Michelle Ton
(213) 821-6478
tonm@usc.edu