How To Apply

Please review these detailed instructions and requirements for applying to the University of Iowa MS Degree in Health Services & Policy Research Program.

Admission Requirements

  • You must have earned a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree.
  • You must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
  • TOEFL scores are required for international students except permanent residents or those who have earned a degree from an accredited institution in the US, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The minimum recommended scores are: paper 600, computer 250, and internet 100.

Application Information

To complete the application to the University of Iowa MS in Health Services and Policy Research Program, applicants must submit applications and supporting documents to both the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Applicants are asked to have their application materials submitted by April 1, 2024.


You can apply through SOPHAS at You will be required to:

  • Complete an application
  • Provide official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees.
    • A note for International Students: SOPHAS only accepts WES-evaluated transcripts.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation. These letters are submitted by your letter writers through SOPHAS, which has detailed instructions on how these letters are submitted.
  • Provide your resume or CV.
  • Provide your TOEFL scores, if you are an international student.
  • Write a personal statement. In your statement, please address the following question (1,500-word limit):
    • How does the MS in Health Services and Policy Research degree relate to your career goals?

2) Set up UI account and pay supplemental University of Iowa fee

  • Once you have submitted all your materials to SOPHAS and your transcripts have been verified, you will receive an email from the department letting you know when to expect an email from the University of Iowa which will provide you with detailed instructions on setting up a University of Iowa account and paying the supplemental University of Iowa fee. Your application will be reviewed once this step is complete.
  • All students (except those whose undergraduate degree was conferred at the University of Iowa), will need to send their final transcript (showing degree conferral) to the Office of Graduate admissions.