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Admission Policies

The Master of Public Health Program seeks to admit students who demonstrate the potential to be successful in graduate school, and who are committed to the public health profession, as evidenced by their interests, backgrounds, and experiences. For admission into the Program, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • Combined score of 291 with a minimum 143 on each areas of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  Applicants may use the Miller Analogy Test with a score of 385 or higher as a substitute for the GRE.  Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work, are exempt from the GRE/MAT requirement.

  • Submission of graduate school application and related fee;
  • Submission of statement of personal and professional objectives (1½ to 2-pages);
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation (from) employers or previous professors;
  • (for International applicants) TOEFL score of at least 580 for paper-based test, 237 for the computer-based version, and 92 internet-based.

While relevant work experience in public health is not a requirement for admission to the Program, alignment with core public health values is an important factor when considering applicants to the MPH Program. In addition to this, admission standards reflect the requirements of the Graduate School as well as specific requirements and the mission of the Program.

Admission Procedures

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process at least 4 weeks (6 weeks for international applicants) prior to the deadline to ensure that all supporting materials are available by the deadline. Application materials are due:

Fall admission:            April 15—international applicants

July 1—domestic applicants

Spring admission:        Oct 15—domestic and international applicants

Letters of Recommendation, Personal Objective Statement, Transcripts, Official Test Scores, and Graduate Application Fee, are all submitted to the Office of Graduate Education and Research, at time of online application. 

Once the Office of Graduate Education and Research has received and processed required materials, an applicant’s file is forwarded to the MPH Office. The Program Director will send notification to the applicant acknowledging receipt of all required (or missing) materials. A copy of the completed file is then sent to the appropriate Option Coordinator. Summary data on all applicants for a given semester is updated and distributed every few weeks to all MPH Admissions and Recruitment Committee Members.

MPH faculty of each program option review applicants for that respective option and make recommendations regarding eligibility for admission of each applicant. The Option Coordinators then bring these recommendations forward to the MPH Admissions and Recruitment Committee, which meets within approximately three weeks of application deadlines to vote on each application for admission into the Program. Within the week following the MPH Admissions and Recruitment Committee meeting, the Program Director provides written notification to the graduate office (Recommendation for Admission form) regarding the decision for each applicant. The Graduate School office then sends an official notice to the applicant, indicating whether s/he has been accepted for admission to the Program. Shortly thereafter, a welcome letter is sent to the applicant from the Program Director, on behalf of the MPH Admissions Committee.

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