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Admissions FAQs

Admissions Process FAQs

What materials are required for the application?

  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation (3 for PhD)
  • Resumé

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 sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu

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?

  • A personal statement that clearly and directly address the following:

    1. Why are you applying to Tulane SPHTM, and the specific program/option/concentration you chose?

    2. How will earning this degree help you achieve your professional goals?

    3. What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.

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?

  • Two letters of recommendation are required for master’s programs. Three are required for PhD programs. 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?

  • Both SOPHAS and the Fastlane application 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.
Post-Admit FAQ

I was admitted for the fall, but can I start taking classes in the summer?

  • Yes! As long as you’ve completed your undergraduate degree, you may begin courses. Please reach out to sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu for assistance with this.

Can I defer?

  • Yes, you may defer your admission for up to a year. You must pay your deposit in the applicant portal in order to secure your place in the following year’s cohort. Contact sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu for assistance with deferring.

When is New Student Orientation?

  • Orientation information will be sent out via email from the Office of Student Experience after you’ve confirmed your intent to enroll.

Who is my faculty advisor?

  • Your faculty advisor is detailed in your admissions letter, which you can reference in the applicant portal.
Financial FAQ

What kind of funding is available?

  • Federal financial aid for graduate programs is loan-based. You can expect your financial aid packet from the Office of Financial Aid before late March (fall applicants), and before end of April (summer applicants). To inquire about student work, graduate, research, and teaching assistantship positions please you respective Program Manager.

Does Tulane SPHTM provide any additional funding for Fulbright scholars?

  • Fulbright scholars in our master’s programs are provided with a $50,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over the first 4 semesters of attendance ($12,500 per semester)

Is there a separate application for scholarships?

  • Yes! Once you are admitted to your program, you can find the scholarship application within the admitted student portal. The scholarship selection process will begin on February 15 for summer/fall admits (Dec 1 for spring admits), so we strongly encourage you to apply by the priority deadline in order to have full consideration for funding. While it is still possible to be awarded a scholarship later in the admissions cycle, this is dependent upon whether funding is still available.

What is the cost of tuition?

  • You can find current tuition rates here.

What is the cost of living in New Orleans?

  • New Orleans is a relatively inexpensive community. Housing can range from $600 to $1200 depending on location and roommate situation. You can find affordable living options on Zillow, Apartments.com, CraigsList, and Tulane Facebook Groups.
General Student FAQ

How do I apply for teaching, graduate, research assistantships?

  • To inquire about student work, graduate, research, and teaching assistantship positions please you respective Program Manager.

How do I get involved on campus?

  • Tulane SPHTM offers countless opportunities to get involved. There are six registered student organizations within the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. These student-led organization are a great way to meet other students, network with professionals, and serve the greater New Orleans community. Other informal ways to get involve include networking with faculty and department for opportunities that require current student participation.

How can I join a student organization?

  • Tulane SPHTM’s registered student organizations are inclusive of all students. There are no applications or membership fees. To get involved please contact the leaders of the student organization, your current Student Government Representatives, or the Office of Student Experience.

Where is the Tidewater located?

  • Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine is located in the Tidewater building which is in the heart of downtown New Orleans. The building located next to the School of Medicine, School of Social Work, the School of Professional Advancement, and Tulane Hospital. Just in walking distance, you can find great tourist attractions, the historical French Quarter, delicious restaurants, and the beautiful Riverwalk

What opportunities do students have to network/volunteer/connect with the New Orleans community?

  • Tulane SPHTM offers numerous opportunities to network with professionals & volunteer which overall fosters a greater connection to the New Orleans community. Networking opportunities can come in many forms whether that is the with Career Services’ Annual Networking Event, departmental alumni events, or even student organization’s guest speaker events. Other opportunities outside of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine include local professional organizations.
  • For volunteer opportunities student-led organization leads the initiative to serve the community. Many of the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine’s Student Organizations host community services events throughout the year. Other volunteer opportunities include NOLA Ready, United Way, CASA New Orleans, and Habitat for Humanity. These are just a few, and the best way to get connected is asking a current student.

Is there on-campus housing?

  • Tulane University does offer graduate housing which is located downtown. Deming Housing is a 2-minute walk from the Tidewater building.

Are any SPHTM programs STEM-eligible?

  • Yes! The following programs are STEM-eligible:
  • MPH: Disaster Management, Epidemiology, Nutrition, Occupational and Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • MS: Biostatistics, Clinical Investigation, Epidemiology                                 
  • MSPH: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Industrial Hygiene
  • PhD: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology
International Student FAQs
Joint Degree Program FAQ
Certificates FAQ
Non Degree Seeking Student Application FAQ

If your question is not answered here, please email sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu, and someone will promptly follow up with you.