We want our students to be successful in their careers. Admission is based on the applicant’s entire record and potential to succeed in public health. Decisions are tailored to the area of study and made by faculty in each of the degree programs.
Admission requirements for study in a professional (MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM, or MHA) or academic (MS) master’s degree program include:
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Academic achievement – typically a GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- GRE scores in the upper percentiles for Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing components. The MHA program accepts GMAT scores and most programs will accept the MCAT.
- Non-English speakers: Demonstration of proficiency in English to be able to study and communicate in English. TOEFL, IELTS, or other recognized test may be used. In general scores of 89 or higher on TOEFL are desired. Language testing will be waived if student has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
Other information used in admission decisions includes:
- The written Statement of Purpose and Objectives should demonstrate how the applicant's public health career goals and interests align with their selected degree program.
- Recommendations from three instructors or employers should indicate characteristics for success in public health graduate study.
Admission for study in a professional (DrPH) or academic (PhD) doctoral program considers the match between the applicant’s desired career goals and the doctoral program focus, as well as the program’s ability to take on additional doctoral students in a given year.
Applicants to doctoral programs are expected to have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in a closely aligned field of study as the doctoral program. Admission decisions are made by the departmental doctoral faculty. Criteria include:
- High level of academic achievement – typically GPA above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- GRE scores in the upper percentiles on the Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing components
In addition, admission decisions consider:
- The applicant’s Statement of Purpose and Objectives indicating career goals, research area, and achievements related to the area of study.
- Recommendations from three instructors or employers who are familiar with the applicant’s ability to succeed in doctoral study.
Tulane was one of the first schools to offer an undergraduate public health program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH). You can learn how to apply to Tulane University's undergraduate program by visiting undergraduate admissions.