The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers advanced graduate degree programs designed to prepare students, with prior undergraduate/graduate education in natural and physical sciences, to be leaders, with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to assume expanded roles in the research assessment of environmental exposures to humans.

Admission Information

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences utilizes the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) for receiving applications to our M.S. and on-campus M.P.H. degree programs. Please visit the SOPHAS website for a complete list of application procedures and instructions.

To apply to our Ph.D. program, please visit the Graduate School Admissions website.

Admission decisions are based upon all application materials. Successful Master's applicants generally have a GPA of 3.00 or better. For those with an advanced professional or doctoral degree, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can be waived by the department. A TOEFL exam is required for foreign nationals. A strong science background in a prospective applicant's undergraduate work is recommended.

If you are considering our graduate program and have specific questions, contact

For information regarding admissions to the Environmental Health Sciences Department, visit our FAQ page, or contact Dr. Laura Vandenberg by email at or by phone at 413-577-7405.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); foreign applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score is 600 or better for the paper-based exam or a score of 100 or better for the internet-based exam. The Graduate School also requires a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 grading scale. Admission is based on the applicant’s grades in undergraduate and graduate courses; test scores; letters of recommendation; and the applicant’s personal statement. They must also have adequate undergraduate preparation (cumulative grade point average of B or better) in the basic sciences.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by February 1 for fall admissions. Spring admissions may be accepted on a case by case basis. The deadline for spring admission is October 1st.

Undergraduate Admissions

The Department does not offer an undergraduate degree at this time. For more information on the undergraduate Public Health Sciences major, please visit the Public Health Sciences major website. Undergraduates interested in the accelerated Master of Science (M.S.) degree program should contact their advisors.