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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree?

This MAS is an accredited joint master’s degree conferred by both UC San Diego and California Western School of Law. It is a self-funded, part-time or full time, professional degree designed to supplement the education and work experience of the students who enroll in the program. It is often referred to as a “terminal” degree and is designed to provide rigorous, graduate-level curriculum in a specific, timely area of study.
For more information, refer to Prospective Students page.

What classes are required?

The degree consists of 45 quarter units (30 semester units) of study, and classes are offered fall, winter and spring quarters at UC San Diego, and fall, spring, and summer trimesters at California Western School of Law. For more information, refer to Curriculum page.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the program is approximately $35,000, which includes all program instruction and administrative fees. Program fees do not include books, parking, or incidentals. For more information, refer to Financial page.

Do I need to take the GRE/GMAT/LSAT?

No, the GRE/GMAT/LSAT  is not required for admission to the program.

I am a lawyer/medical doctor. Why would I need a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Law?

Health policy and law is considered by many legal and medical experts to be one of the fastest growing areas. Practitioners are increasingly looking for ways to influence policy and decisions in healthcare as medical decisions have become more complex and far-reaching across disciplines. The joint master’s degree program from UC San Diego and California Western School of Law focuses on educating healthcare and legal professionals who need to be better informed and more influential in the shaping of healthcare law and policy. The program is designed to bridge the differences between the healthcare and law disciplines to establish a common understanding of the foundational principals guiding each profession and to discover productive, practical solutions to the challenges ahead.

What type of professional backgrounds do the students have?

The program crosses all legal and healthcare fields, and healthcare-related industries. The MAS student population is made up of: practicing attorneys and paralegals certified by the American Bar Association (ABA); clinicians including physicians, nurses, and other licensed clinical 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; and public health and government officials and staff .

What is a typical class size?

Class sizes in MAS degree programs range from 8-15 students. The relatively small class size and seminar-style of most of the classes allows for close interaction among students and professors as well as provides many valuable networking opportunities.

Do I have to be enrolled as an MAS student in order to take some of the courses?

You may enroll in our Global Health Policy certificate program. Some of these courses are transferable towards meeting the masters degree requirements.

I don’t have all the requirements for admission. Can I still qualify? Should I still apply?

Possibly, the admissions committee will review your entire application, including the depth of your professional experience, the strength of your recommendation letters, and your complete academic background. These factors are all taken into consideration in determining whether or not an applicant qualifies for admission to the program. In some instances, the committee will recommend a “conditional acceptance” to the program and suggest that a candidate take a course or two through Concurrent Enrollment prior to the committee making the final admission decision. Administered through UC San Diego Extension, Concurrent Enrollment allows a non-matriculated graduate student to take degree courses.

How do I apply to the program?

The MAS degree is a UC San Diego graduate degree handled through the Graduate Division. Formal application for admission to the program is required. Refer to the Admission Requirements and Application pages for more information.

I’m still not sure the program is right for me. Can I speak with a program advisor before applying to the program?

Certainly, just contact the department to set up an appointment.

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