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MPH/MS Application Process

FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)


GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION
Successful applications to the MPH, MS Program usually meet the following criteria:
  • Show a good match between the training goals of applicants and the program to which they are applying, demonstrating that they have reviewed the literature and have (when possible) contacted one of more of our faculty to discuss their applications
  • Demonstrate a progression between past and present training and/or experience and attainment of the MPH or MS. Goal statements should clearly address how an MPH or MS degree will advance applicants' professional goals
  • Are submitted, (with some exceptions), after applicants have at least two or three years of public health-related work experience
  • Are supported by good recommendation letters, transcripts, and GRE scores. The minimum grade point average which is acceptable to the Graduate School is 3.0, a "B" average. The MPH and MS Programs can petition for a waiver from this requirement for a few applicants with other exceptional qualifications or experience.

While the programs do not have specific expectations about GRE scores, successful applicants usually achieve at least 50% in each of the categories. The GRE is not required for those who have earned a doctoral degree in the United States from an accredited institution of higher learning. The programs will accept "old" GRE scores, so long as they are still available from the Educational Testing Service.

Because biostatistics and epidemiology are core courses for the MPH and the MS, the faculty want students to perform well in quantitative work. A review course in algebra or statistics may be desirable for applicants who need to bolster their skills in this area. MS degree applicants should have especially strong quantitative skills.