What materials are required for the application?
- Official transcripts
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives
- Two letters of recommendation
Online degree programs have their own admissions requirements.
What additional materials are required for international students?
- Proof of English language proficiency. If you are not a native English speaker, please submit results from TOEFL or IELTS.
- Transcript Evaluation. Students who attended institutions outside the U.S. and Canada should submit the WES ICAP Course by Course evaluation through SOPHAS (select SOPHAS from the dropdown list on the WES ICAP site) or the ECE evaluation, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need a specific major to apply, or are there any prerequisite courses I need to take before applying?
- Since public health is such a broad field, we accept students from all educational backgrounds into our programs. Some departments do have specific prerequisites, which you can find on each department web page.
Do I need to reach out to faculty members prior to applying to the program?
- This is not a requirement for any of our programs. However, for doctoral applicants, since so much of the admissions decision is based on fit, we highly recommend reaching out to potential faculty advisors prior to or during the application process.
Where do I apply?
- For Master’s & Doctoral applicants, you can apply through SOPHAS
- For Online program applicants, please utilize the Fastlane Application
Where do I send my application materials?
- All materials are sent through the respective application website, either SOPHAS or Fastlane.
What are the GPA requirements?
- There are no standard GPA requirements, however, it is highly recommended to have a GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale for master applicants. For doctoral applicants it is highly suggested to have a GPA of 3.5 out of a 4.0 scale.
Is the GRE required?
- We have waived the GRE requirement for all programs and all applicants due to the ongoing pandemic.
What should I include in my Statement of Purpose?
- 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. For doctoral applicants please indicate career goals, research area, and achievements related to the area of study.
How long should my Statement of Purpose be?
- We don’t have a minimum or maximum length for the statement of purpose, but most students submit about 1 page double-spaced. If you have more to write, please feel free to share more with 2 pages at the most.
How many letters of recommendation do I need?
- Three letters of recommendations are required. We suggest having the letters written by instructors who can speak to the applicant’s academic capabilities or employers who can indicate the applicant’s characteristics for success in public health graduate study.
How do I submit my letters of recommendations?
- SOPHAS will ask you to provide the names and contact information for each of your references and will solicit the letters on your behalf via email (advise your references to check their spam folders, and please remember to thank them after they’ve submitted their letter of support).
What are the minimum TOEFL or IELTS score?
- In general, scores of 89 or higher on TOEFL or an IELTS band of 6.5 are desired. Language testing will be waived if student has earned a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
How long until I find out about my admissions decision?
- For master’s applicants, you can expect to hear back within a month after we confirm your application is complete. For doctoral applicants, since admissions is based so much on fit, this process can take longer.
Is there a fee waiver for SOPHAS?
Can I switch to another program after being admitted?
- This is possible; however, we highly recommend that you apply for the program that you are more interested in.