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PhD Admissions Criteria, Process and Timeline

Admissions Criteria

Applications for admission into the PhD degree program in Health Policy and Management, located in the Population Health department at the University of Kansas, will be accepted from individuals with the following credentials:

  1. A master's degree in health policy and management or a related field including, but not limited to, health services administration, public policy, public health, public administration, business, economics, social sciences, biological sciences, or nursing.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a scale where 4.0 = A) for all post-baccalaureate coursework.
  3. At least one graduate-level statistics course.

The need for additional foundational coureswork will be evaluated on an individualized basis during the Admissions process.

Admissions Materials

The application process is almost completely online. Please go to to access the online application site. The following materials are required to apply for the PhD program in the Population Health department:

  1. A completed Graduate Application for Admission to the University of Kansas.
  2. A $60 non-refundable application fee (for both domestic and international applicants). The application fee of $60 is paid when you click SUBMIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by Electronic Check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.
  3. Three academic letters of recommendation. Applicants must provide the names and e-mail addresses of three (3) academic references who are qualified to comment on their potential success in a doctoral program. Please notify your references that they will receive an e-mail form "KU Medical Center requesting them to complete an on-line reference form. They should also upload a letter of reference in addition to completing the form.
  4. A statement of career objectives and purpose (uploaded to the system).
  5. Transcripts of all post-secondary academic work. Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to:
    OR mailed to:
    PhD Health Policy and Management Program
    ATTN: Zoë Baldwin
    The University of Kansas Medical Center
    3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 3044
    Kansas City, KS 66160

  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general exam scores not more than five years old, submitted to the University directly by Educational Testing Service to:  or mailed to:
    KUMC Office of the Registrar/Student Admissions
    MS 4029
    3901 Rainbow Blvd.
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    The ETS KUMC School Code is 6895.
  7. A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis, graduate-level research paper or other example of the applicant’s scholarly research writing (mailed to the above address).
  8. A copy of the applicant's resume or curriculum vitae (uploaded to the system).
  9. International Applicants. Students submitting international applications have additional requirements, as follows:
    • TOEFL scores will be considered as part of the application. The test must have been taken within two years of the first semester of enrollment. When submitting test scores to KUMC, please submit only original scores sent directly from the testing agency. Photocopies will not be accepted. For testing purposes, the ETS school code is 6895. Only international applicants with IBT-based TOEFL parts scores above the following thresholds will be considered for admission:
      • Listening: 23
      • Reading: 23
      • Speaking: 24
      • Writing: 19
    • All international students are now required to submit an evaluation of their academic credentials, as performed by one the many companies selling this service, such as World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). These should be mailed by the service to the above address.
    • Please be advised that international students are not eligible for federal student loans or scholarships. International students must be financially prepared to handle the full cost of living here and attending school.
    • For additional information related to attending KUMC, please refer to the KUMC International Programs site.

Application Deadline

Applications are open for Fall 2021 admission. The Fall, 2020 cohort has been selected.

Preference will be given to applications received by December 15, 2020 and positions may be extended  after this date. Final application deadline is April, 1, 2021. Requests submitted after this date may be considered on a case-by-case basis; please contact the program coordinator for further information. 

Background Checks

University of Kansas Medical Center now requires a criminal background check prior to admitting students to graduate programs Prior to final acceptance and initial enrollment in classes, applicants will be directed to have a background check completed by Validity Screening Solutions. The applicant must pay a one-time fee for the background check directly to Validity Screening Solutions. The HP&M PhD program will review the information obtained through the background check and make a final decision on the applicant’s eligibility for the program. The program will then notify the applicant regarding final acceptance or denial of admission.

Technical Standards

The University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and activities, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, disability, veteran status or genetic testing & screening. Disability accommodation requests should be directed to the Academic Accomodation Services Office.

The following abilities and expectations required by all students admitted to the PhD in Health Policy and Management are available on the Technical Standards and Requirement form.

Last modified: Jun 29, 2020