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How to Apply & Deadlines

The GRE is required for PhDs in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management.

Deadlines

Residential/On Campus
Admit Semester Priority Deadline Date Final Deadline date
     
Spring 2023 October 15, 2022

Meeting this deadline with a complete application guarantees funding consideration.

November 15, 2022

Meeting this deadline guarantees application review only.
Decisions released starting in early November. 

Summer 2023 January 1, 2023

Meeting this deadline with a complete application guarantees funding consideration.

March 15, 2023

Meeting this deadline guarantees application review only.
Decisions released starting in early January. 

Fall 2023 January 1, 2023

Meeting this deadline with a complete application guarantees funding consideration.

June 1, 2023

Meeting this deadline guarantees application review only.
Decisions released starting in early January. 

     

Special Notes

  • The residential MHA only admits for fall.
  • MS clinical investigation only admits for summer.

PhD applications
December 1 is the deadline for all PhD applications. The PhD only admits students for the fall semester, and funding consideration is given to all PhD applicants as part of the review process. 

Online Programs
Online Programs Application Deadlines
  Final
Spring December 1
Summer April 1
Fall  July 1
   

All online programs applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions usually take a few weeks at most.  

DrPH applications
January 1, 2023, is the deadline for all DrPH applications. The DrPH is currently only accepting applicants for the fall 2023 semester. Funding consideration is given to all DrPH applicants as part of the review process, and all decisions will be released at once in early 2023.

 

How to Apply

Residential/On Campus Master's Programs

Residential (on campus) degree programs use SOPHAS for the application. You will need to create an account on SOPHAS in order to apply. 
Materials required in SOPHAS:

  • Official transcripts sent directly to SOPHAS from all institutions attended
  • A personal statement that clearly and directly address the following:
    • Why are you applying to Tulane SPHTM, and the specific program/option/concentration you chose?
    • How will earning this degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    • What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.
  • Resume/CV
  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation

All application materials must be received in SOPHAS in order for your application to be reviewed.

Earned your degree abroad?
International students (or students who have earned their degree outside the US or Canada) must submit a course-by-course evaluation of international coursework. Evaluations can take a month to complete from the time the agency receives your international transcript(s), so we recommend getting an early start on this process in order to ensure the evaluation is received by the deadline for which you are applying. We can accept WES, ECE, and SpanTran evaluations. SOPHAS will only accept WES, but if you have an ECE evaluation, please send it to sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu. If you use SpanTran, please be sure to use the custom application they've created, which you can access by clicking here.
 

Residential/On Campus Doctoral Programs

Residential (on campus) degree programs use SOPHAS for the application. You will need to create an account on SOPHAS in order to apply. 

Materials required in SOPHAS:

  • Official transcripts sent directly to SOPHAS from all institutions attended
  • A personal statement that clearly and directly address the following:
    • Why are you applying to Tulane SPHTM, and the specific program/option/concentration you chose?
    • How will earning this degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    • What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.
  • Resume/CV
  • Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation (At least two must be from a person with an earned doctorate and at least one from outside Tulane University)
  • Official GRE scores sent to 6809 (for PhD in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management only)

All application materials must be received in SOPHAS in order for your application to be reviewed.

What the doctoral admissions committees will be looking for:

  1. An aptitude for research demonstrated through previous experience participating in, and ideally leading, research projects, excellence in prior coursework and academic studies, recommendation letters that speak to your specific skills and experiences, and, in some cases, performance on standardized tests (e.g. the GRE), Evidence of research experience may include authored articles or research reports (published or in progress) or evidence of significant roles in research projects or studies. Please check if the program you apply to requires the standardized test (GRE) scores. While you may not be required to submit the GRE scores, the admissions committee is looking for evidence of aptitude and quantitative/analytical ability, meaning that other application components (e.g., academic transcripts, supplemental questions) must speak to this area in the absence of the GRE. Applicants with limited research experience may wish to include the optional GRE as supporting evidence of their research aptitude. Regardless, the program admissions committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing all application components and will make no assumptions about the GRE scores if they are not submitted.
     
  2. A focused and detailed personal statement that clearly states: a) your reasons and motivations for applying for graduate work, particularly as they relate to your prior experiences and career goals, b) your research interests, referencing specific theories, problems, or research questions; and c) an explanation of how your previous academic and work experience have prepared you to pursue the PhD degree.
     
  3. Demonstration of how your research goals and interests align with the skills, experience, and/or research of the department’s and school’s faculty and how this alignment will further your own skills and development. Although students are assigned a faculty advisor as part of the acceptance process, you can better demonstrate “fit” if you can describe in your personal statement how your research interests match or complement those of the department’s faculty members. You are encouraged to visit the web pages of the department’s faculty (and faculty in other departments) to learn about their expertise and interests. You are also encouraged to reach out to faculty members so that both sides can explore an optimal path of study to reach your goals.

Earned your degree abroad?
International students (or students who have earned their degree outside the US or Canada) must submit a course-by-course evaluation of international coursework. Evaluations can take a month to complete from the time the agency receives your international transcript(s), so we recommend getting an early start on this process in order to ensure the evaluation is received by the deadline for which you are applying. We can accept WES, ECE, and SpanTran evaluations. SOPHAS will only accept WES, but if you have an ECE evaluation, please send it to sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu. If you use SpanTran, please be sure to use the custom application they've created, which you can access by clicking here.

Online Master's Programs

Online degree programs use the Tulane Fastlane Application Starter Form. Fill out the form and an application will be started for you.

Materials required Tulane Fastlane application:

  • Transcripts from all institutions attended (unofficial transcripts are okay for review, but official transcripts from degree-granting institutions will be required upon admission)
  • A personal statement that clearly and directly address the following:
    • Why are you applying to Tulane SPHTM, and the specific program/option/concentration you chose?
    • How will earning this degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    • What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.
  • Resume/CV
  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation

Earned your degree abroad?
International students (or students who have earned their degree outside the US or Canada) must submit a course-by-course evaluation of international coursework. Evaluations can take a month to complete from the time the agency receives your international transcript(s), so we recommend getting an early start on this process in order to ensure the evaluation is received by the deadline for which you are applying. We can accept WES, ECE, and SpanTran evaluations. SOPHAS will only accept WES, but if you have an ECE evaluation, please send it to sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu. If you use SpanTran, please be sure to use the custom application they've created, which you can access by clicking here.

Non-Degree Seeking / Single Course Registration

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required to take courses for graduate credit.
  • Students may take no more than 12 credits total as NDSS

Application Materials and Process:

To start an application, simply fill out this form. An email with login information will be sent to you, and your application will be already started in your account when you login.

In addition to the online application form, the following are also required to complete your application to the program:

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement: a brief statement addressing why you are applying to take this course. No more than a paragraph is necessary, unless you wish to include more.
  • Transcripts 

Send all transcripts and letters of recommendation to our sphtmadmissions@tulane.edu or mail to: 

Department of Admissions
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2417-8330
New Orleans, LA 70112

All application materials must be received in order for your application to be reviewed.

Combined Degree Students

***Please note the combined degree program is exclusively for Tulane University undergraduate students and applications submitted from ineligible parties will not be considered for admission.

The Combined Degree Program is a path for continuous study from the bachelor’s degree through a master’s level degree at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). Students apply as juniors. See the Combined degree application deadlines and timeline for more information.

Use this form to apply to the combined degree program.  An email with login information will be sent to you, and your application will be already started in your account when you login.

Materials required Tulane Fastlane application:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • A personal statement that clearly and directly address the following:
    • Why are you applying to Tulane SPHTM, and the specific program/option/concentration you chose?
    • How will earning this degree help you achieve your professional goals?
    • What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.
  • Resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation * 

*Please note, if you are not a prospective BSPH combined degree student, you must provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation. All application materials must be received in order for your application to be reviewed.

Dual Degree Programs

MD/MPH

  • Apply and be admitted to the MD program first, and then you will be sent a link to apply for the MD/MPH.

JD/MPH, JD/MHA, MBA/MHA:

  • Apply and be admitted to the JD or MBA program first, and then fill out this application form. You will be required to submit a personal statement reflecting your goals for the dual degree program, but we can use your original application materials from the JD or MBA. If you are already enrolled in the MBA or JD at the time of application, please also submit an unofficial copy of your Tulane JD or MBA transcript (in progress).

MSW/MPH

  • Please apply following these instructions. Your application will be routed through both MSW and MPH faculty for approval at the time of application.

The SOPHAS application is NOT required for dual-degree applicants.

 

Questions? Head over to the Admissions FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions.