Criteria for Admissions
Master's Reqs | Doctoral Reqs | BSPH/MPH Reqs
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Criteria for Admission
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) admits individuals who will be successful in careers in public health. Admission to SPHTM is based on the applicant’s entire record and potential to succeed in public health. Admissions decisions are tailored to the area of study and made by faculty in each of the degree programs.
Admission criteria 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.
Other information used in admission decisions includes:
- The applicant’s written personal statement indicating public health career goals and interest in the particular degree program.
- Recommendations from three instructors or employers indicating characteristics for success 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 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.
International Applicants to all Degree Programs Who are not Native Speakers of English
Proficiency in English to be able to study and communicate in English is required for all degree programs. TOEFL, IELTS, or other recognized test may be submitted. Language testing will be waived if the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited US institution.
Process to Apply
For a more detailed description of the application process, documents needed, and priority dates, visit the how to apply page.
The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM) is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and is a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. SPHTM is a highly ranked school of public health.