Admissions Requirements

We are excited you are considering the Ph.D. Rural Health Sciences program at Mercer University School of Medicine for your graduate education. Below is information regarding our admissions process and criteria:

Application Deadline

  • March 17, 2021: Priority Deadline
  • March 17, 2021: Application Materials Due
  • Applications submitted after this priority deadline will still be considered based on space availability.

Admissions Process

  • To apply for admission, applicants must submit a completed application form, a statement of purpose, a GRE score, a resume/CV, unofficial copies of all transcripts, and at least three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members or supervisors.
  • The statement of purpose should be a 1,000-word maximum response to the following prompt: “Please describe your interest in pursuing a career focused on rural health and how the Ph.D. program will help you achieve your professional goals.”
  • Application materials (except letters of recommendation) should be submitted by the applicant to
  • Applicants should instruct their letter writers to digitally submit letters of recommendation directly to Amira Jenrette’s attention at

Admissions Requirements

  • Interested applicants must possess a master’s or terminal degree, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in prior graduate/professional work, and have a clear dedication to rural health issues.
  • While no specific major is required to gain admission, students who do not have a health-related degree or work experience may be required by the admissions committee to complete an online prerequisite course (RRL 801: Biological Basis of Disease) prior to beginning the program in fall.

For more information about the Ph.D. Rural Health Sciences program at Mercer University School of Medicine, call 1-800-MERCER-U to speak with the Admissions department.