PhD in Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Services Research and Administration


All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered for admission 

Admission Semester

Highest Consideration

Final Domestic

Final International


January 1

June 1

April 1

* Student that would like to be considered for assistantship should apply by the January 1 Early Decision deadline.


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The Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Health Services Research and Administration (HSRA) determines the standards for admission into the program. The committee considers the prospective student’s academic qualifications and professional experience.

Students are encouraged to apply by January 1 to receive the highest consideration.

Requirements for admission to the PhD program are listed below.

  • Apply online to UNMC Graduate Studies. Please ensure that you select the Health Services Research, Administration, and Policy program to avoid delaying your application process.
  • Request that official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate programs attended be sent to the Graduate Office
    • FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts or mark sheets of college-level work not in English or in the standard U.S. grading scale must be sent to a foreign educational credential evaluation service for evaluation prior to submission to UNMC. The transcript evaluation must be a course-by-course evaluation that identifies and describes each diploma or certificate with periods of education and equivalency of each document. The preferred credential evaluation services are World Education Services (WES) and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Other services approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) will also be accepted. Transcripts must carry the signature of a responsible official at the academic institution where the work was done and the seal of that institution, or must be certified true copies of the original records. If photocopies are provided, the copies must be certified after duplication as true copies of the original document. Transcripts should clearly indicate the grades received or the standing attained on required examinations. If transcripts do not show the degree earned and the date on which it was conferred, official degree statements must also be provided.
  • Submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores taken within the past five years. Many factors are considered in evaluating an individual's application, but many successful applicants will have scores above the 40th percentile.
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from academic and professional references
    • At least one letter should be from a faculty member in your previous academic program
    • It is strongly encouraged that one of the letters be from an individual who knows you in a professional setting
  • Submit a statement of intent no longer than 1,000 words that describes your
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of health services research, administration, and policy
    • Self-assessment of your fit into the PhD program
    • Self-assessment of your qualifications, experiences, and general preparation for succeeding in the PhD program
  • International Applicants:
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required for international students and students who have earned their undergraduate degree from a non-English speaking institution. Minimum scores required are 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, and 80 for the Internet-based TOEFL. International students who have earned a graduate degree from a U.S. institution are not required to submit a TOEFL score. Further details about applications instructions for international applicants can be found on the UNMC Graduate Studies website.


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Contact HSRA
Department of Health Services Research and Administration
UNMC College of Public Health
984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Denise M. Howard, Department Assistant
Phone Number: 402-559-5260

UNMC Graduate Studies Office
Phone Number: 402-559-6531


Jim P. Stimpson
Associate Professor | Graduate Program Director
Department of Health Services Research & Administration
College of Public Health, MCPH 1014
University of Nebraska Medical Center
984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Phone: 402-552-7254
Fax: 402-559-9695

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