Special Notification

Due to issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE General Test is waived for all 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 applicants to doctoral programs in the School of Behavioral Health. Please do not submit GRE scores through ETS or report your scores in any application materials as they will not be taken into consideration.

Program Description

This program's mission is to extend the principles of whole person care to include interventions with communities and social institutions. The program's emphasis is on an integrative approach in social science, social welfare, and social research.

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Program Length

4 years

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program are prepared for advanced administrative and research roles in national and international health and human services, policy development and analysis, and as university faculty.

Admissions Requirements

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 for graduate/postgraduate work
  • Satisfactory performance on the GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation, as specified


Students admitted to the program should have demonstrated evidence of interest in social welfare, value aligned with a commitment to social justice, and research interests compatible with the areas of expertise supported by program faculty.

State Accrediting Agency

The academic programs at Loma Linda University are regionally accredited by the WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges [WASC] Senior College and University Commission).
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2021-2022

Year of Program: Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Tuition $24,505 $20,280 $20,280 $13,520
Fees $2,757 $3,676 $3,676 $3,676
Books & Supplies $750 $750 $100 $100
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $28,012 $24,706 $24,056 $17,296


Expected costs for the 2021-2022 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2021-2022, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Months enrolled 9 12 12 12
Room & Board $13,275 $17,700 $17,700 $17,700
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $3,840 $3,840
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.