Health Policy and Law

Admission Requirements

The Health Policy and Law degree is a unique part time or full time graduate program designed for healthcare and legal professionals who want to be better informed and more influential in the shaping of healthcare policy and law. It bridges the differences between the practices of healthcare and the practice of law to establish a common understanding of the principles guiding each profession. This program accepts International applicants and supports the F-1 student visa.

Program Admission Requirements

Items considered during the admissions review:

  • Possession of an appropriate medical, healthcare, legal, or related degree
  • Minimum undergraduate/post-baccalaureate record
    (a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final two years of study expected)
  • Minimum of three years of relevant work experience, or the equivalent preferred.
    (Internship experience counts). We do accept some recent undergraduates with exceptional grades and references.
  • Completion of online application for graduate admission
  • Resume or curriculum vitae illustrating experience and achievements
  • Compelling statement of purpose including a description of individual strengths and interests, how the program will benefit the applicant professionally, and potential ideas for the capstone project
  • Strength of the letters of recommendation (3 required)
  • TOEFL score (International Applicants) (minimum score of 80 required)
    or IELTS score (minimum score of 7.0 required)

NOTE: GRE/GMAT/LSAT results are not required for the MAS degree.

Intended Audience

The master’s degree in Health Policy and Law from UC San Diego and California Western School of Law is designed for healthcare and legal professionals who want to be better informed and more influential in the shaping of healthcare policy and law. The program is most appropriate for those with legal or medical/healthcare or other related degrees and experience in law, regulatory affairs, insurance, the health sciences, or patient care, including:

  • Practicing attorneys and paralegals certified by the American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Clinicians including physicians, nurses, and other licensed healthcare professionals
  • Experienced healthcare administrators and other affiliated professionals
  • Senior staff at pharmaceutical, insurance, regulatory, or other related organizations involved with the delivery of healthcare products or services
  • Bio-medical and bio-technical scientists
  • Public Health and government officials and staff

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