Admission Requirements

Applicants considered for admission to the doctor of philosophy degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research must meet certain requirements.   A professional degree in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), Medicine (M.D.), or a Master's degree in pharmacy administration or a Master’s degree in public health, health economics, psychology, medical sociology, epidemiology, health care administration, or other health related fields is preferred.

Outstanding students with a B.S. in the above areas are encouraged to apply and may be considered for direct admission into the Doctoral program.  

The following must be submitted along with the application:

  • College transcript(s) with a minimum of a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Admitted students generally have cumulative grade-point averages around 3.5 or higher (where 4.0 = A).
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GRE that are minimally at or above the 50th percentile.
  • Supportive letters of recommendation (at least three) attesting to the student’s academic and/or professional credentials, integrity, and aptitude for completing a PhD program degree.
  • Statement (one page) of personal goals describing background, academic/ research interests and career objectives.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae listing educational and employment history.

We value diversity and do not discriminate based on age, color, disability, ethnic origin, marital status, pregnancy, race, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

International Applicants

International students should also be aware of the following:

  • International applicants must present the Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL (minimum of 550 on the paper-based exam, 79-80 on the internet exam, or 213 on the computer-based exam) if they are from a non-English speaking country or the official language of the country is not English.  Applicants are urged to arrange for one of these tests well in advance of the desired enrollment period.
  • International students who have completed a M.S. degree or any degree in the U.S. may request a waiver for submitting TOEFL results.  They should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars for approval.
  • International students should not plan to leave their country without a formal notification of admission from the Office of Admissions at WVU.

Application Process

Deadline: February 1st every year

Application to the Health Services and Outcomes Research is completed electronically at

West Virginia University requires the following information for application through the WVU online application portal. Please note that all materials are submitted through the portal. Do not send materials to the School of Pharmacy unless instructed to do so by the Office of Student Services. 

  1. One copy of official transcripts (original or certified; minimum of a B average or a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) in a sealed envelope from each college you have attended.
  2. Original or certified copies of all degrees/diplomas/certificates received in the original language.
  3. Translation of an applicant’s foreign transcripts and diplomas/certificates may be sent directly to a foreign transcript service for evaluation. If using a foreign transcript service, please have the evaluated documents submitted the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions.
  4. Official GRE Scores and TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  5. Statement of personal goals describing your background, academic interests, and career objectives.
  6. A resume or curriculum vitae listing educational and employment history.
  7. Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to evaluate your potential for graduate school. At least one recommendation must be from a person at the last school you attended for full-time study, unless you have been out of school for five years or longer.

Application Review

It is important to start the application process early. Your application will be reviewed by the admissions committee composed of graduate faculty and a senior graduate student.  Applicants who pass an initial screening will be invited to participate in a video interview.  Applicants will be informed of acceptance or wait-listing no later than April 1, and of rejection by end of June. All students who apply for financial aid and admitted to the graduate program are provided graduate assistantships and tuition waiver. Students sponsored by their government or other entities (e.g., universities, employers) must provide a statement of financial support with their application.

Direct admission related  inquiries to:

Kimberly M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
HSOR Admissions Coordinator
Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy
Telephone: 304-293-1453
Direct program related inquiries to:

Usha Sambamoorthi, Ph.D.
HSOR Graduate Program Director
Pharmaceutical Systems and Policy
Telephone: 304-293-1451
Students considered for admission will participate in an interview and will be notified of their candidacy in the spring prior to admission.