Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Final recommendation by the graduate program faculty will be based on competitive evaluation of the qualifications of the applicant plus consideration of the availability of space and resources. Each graduate program has specific requirements, but common factors considered by the admissions committee include the following:

  • Candidates for admission to the Graduate School must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or proof of equivalent degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education.
  • An applicant who holds a graduate degree or first professional degree (e.g., M.D., D.D.S., J.D.) from a regionally and programmatically accredited college or university in the United States, or proof of equivalent degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education may be considered on an individual basis even though he or she does not hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent as defined above.
  • scores on the Graduate Records Examination;
  • undergraduate overall and upper division grade point average and, if applicable, graduate grade point average and the appropriateness of the curriculum as preparation for graduate study. (There is no minimum required GPA, but a cumulative undergraduate GPA above 3.0 on a 4 point scale is preferred.);
  • a minimum score on the TOEFL of 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English;
  • research or other relevant experience;
  • 3 letters of reference;
  • background for and commitment to a career of scholarly endeavor in the field of study;
  • availability of opportunity for training in the desired field of scholarship;
  • unique educational, career, or life experiences;
  • personal statement;
  • socioeconomic background;
  • ability to communicate in English
We consider the entire application during the review process, but having publications will strengthen your application.
All applications must include a personal statement, at least three (3) letters of recommendation (only 2 for internal applicants), GRE score, TOEFL score (if applicable), and official transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant has attended.
We ask that your GRE score be competitive, but we look at the application as a whole; personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation (2 for internal applicants), official transcripts, GPA, GRE. The higher your GRE score the more competitive your application, but we do not make decisions based solely on the GRE score.
All foreign students must take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam. If your degree (BS, BA, or higher) is from a U.S. institution you are not TOEFL liable unless you are an F1 student. F1 students remain TOEFL liable, but if they already have a degree from the U.S. they can ask for a waiver.
No specific coursework is required as a prerequisite. All applicants to doctoral (PhD) or Master of Public Health (MPH) programs must have earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or submit proof of an equivalent degree or training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education.
A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available for PhD students who are permanent residents or U.S. citizens. However, we do not offer graduate assistantships to master’s students, including those in the Master of Public Health Program.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) one-year accelerated track is designed for students with previous public health or clinical experience (2+ years) or a previous graduate degree. The 2-year MPH degree track does not require previous public health experience or a graduate degree.