Did you know that more than 90% of students who apply to graduate school in the social sciences are rejected? Whether you’re an international student or not, getting into a top ranked master’s program can be super competitive. But when you love your field as much as we love ours, it’s worth putting in the work to get accepted. Working in healthcare and recognizing its rapid transformation caused us to seek additional education. We researched programs, created a dossier, and wrote personal statements. We made sacrifices to pursue our academic goals and overcame challenges along the way. Now we have master’s degrees from prestigious universities and new career opportunities because of it. Here is how we did it…
What is a Master of Health Economics Degree?
A Master of Health Economics program is an interdisciplinary program that applies economic principles to health care policy. Students in this field study the provision, financing, and organization of healthcare services to develop new ideas that expand access to care. Graduates can work in healthcare organizations, the government, or with external organizations that influence health policy. An MHE program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. Students can look into careers in consulting, healthcare organizations, insurance, and government, among other fields. Students can work in a variety of fields, from epidemiology and population health to finance and public health. Students might learn about healthcare economics, policies, and markets. They may also learn research methods and statistical analysis. Graduates might work in the healthcare sector or in other industries, such as education.
Apply to Grad School While Working
When we decided to apply to graduate school, we were both working full-time in healthcare analysis roles. We applied to programs on the East Coast, but we were also pregnant with our first child. This was a major challenge that we had to navigate, but it also became a great source of motivation. We knew we needed to get into a top ranked program to secure good jobs with these credentials, but we also needed to be a great mom and dad. We knew we’d have to find a way to balance our busy careers, pregnancy and parenthood, and school. We had to do all of this while living in Texas because we wanted to stay close to our families. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we had to try.
Research and write your application essays.
Applying to grad school always involves writing essays. There are usually one or multiple essay prompts, so do your research to decide which topics to write about. To apply to top ranked programs, we had to write about our field of interest and why a particular program was the right fit for us. We knew we had to stand out, so we wrote personal statements that were honest and reflective. We wrote about how we got interested in health care and why we wanted to pursue a master’s degree in this field. We highlighted our experience and how we’d contribute to the program.
Create your dossier and prepare for interviews.
A major part of applying to graduate school is creating a dossier to provide more information about your background and qualifications. It’s helpful to look at the application requirements and format to determine what you need to include. A few things to highlight: Your academic record, work experience, and accomplishments. You should also prepare for interviews where you can talk about your academic interests and provide examples of your skills and abilities.
Take practice exams while continuing to work.
A big challenge of applying to graduate school when you’re working is having the time to study. We knew we would need to stay on top of our studying and preparing for exams. Application deadlines are usually in the fall, so we had about 6 months to study. We used our lunch breaks and time on the weekends to study and take practice exams.
Applying to grad school is an investment in your future and your career. We recommend researching programs, preparing your application materials, and taking practice exams to make sure you’re ready to apply. If you are passionate about your field, excited to learn more, and committed to your academic goals, you’ll do everything you can to get accepted to a top ranked program.