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PhD in Health Services Research Admissions

Application for Admission

To be considered for admission to the PhD program in Health Services Research, applicants generally will have completed a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or a terminal professional degree (e.g. MD, JD, PharmD) prior to matriculation. Applicants who have attained only a bachelor’s degree may be considered for admission but will have to complete additional semester hours of coursework once enrolled in the PhD program.

Dates and Deadlines

Entering Semester

 Application Deadline Mandatory Orientations First Class Day**
Fall 2021

Feb. 1, 2021 (deadline for scholarship eligibility) 

Feb. 15, 2021 (final deadline for all applicants)

New Students

August 2021 (date TBA)

International Students*

August 2021 (date TBA)

August 2021 (date TBA)


*All new international students must attend a mandatory orientation. More information will be shared via email.

Applicants should submit all required documents via the SOPHAS website. International applicants should visit the  SPH International Applicant website for more information. Visit the SOPHAS  FAQs for instructions and for helpful tips.

Required Application Documents

  • Statement of Purpose:
    • Describe why you want to pursue a PhD in Health Services Research at Texas A&M University. Your statement of purpose should include:
      • Your career goals and general areas of research interest
      • Reasons why a PhD in Health Services Research will facilitate attainment of your career goals.
      • Reasons for interest in the PhD program at Texas A&M University, including any specific faculty with research expertise you believe might be suited to your research interests.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts:
    • Official transcripts from each U.S. and English-speaking Canadian college-level institution attended must be sent to SOPHAS.
    • Applicants with academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada should send a World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation to SOPHAS.  
  • Official Test Scores:
    • The GRE is NOT required for applicants to the fall 2021 entering term.  The GRE has temporarily been waived as an admissions requirement.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation:
    • These should be academic references from individuals affiliated with an institution of higher education who are familiar with the applicant’s prior academic performance.  Letters should be submitted to SOPHAS.