The Health Policy and Management concentration in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy offers advanced graduate degree programs to prepare public health professionals to design and implement programs to assist all people to participate in their life situations to the fullest extent of their capabilities.

General Admission Information

Consideration for admission is based of 5 key components of one’s application: (1) undergraduate GPA, (2) GRE scores, (3) prior work experience, (4) letters of reference, and (5) one’s personal statement. All 5 elements are carefully considered to gain as well-rounded a picture of the applicant as possible. Although we will not automatically exclude from further consideration applications from candidates with less than 2 years of professional experience, we give preference to applicants with substantial professional experience in the field of public health.

To apply to the M.S. or M.P.H. program please visit the SOPHAS website.

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

For additional information regarding admissions to the Health Policy and Management program, please visit our FAQ page or contact Diane Wolf by email at or by phone at (413) 545-2861.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Health Policy and Management graduate program must meet the general admissions requirements of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School and the department's basic admission requirements. The Graduate School application and more information about general admissions requirements are accessible online at the Graduate School website.

Students should meet the following minimum criteria when applying for admission to the program:

• Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or a foreign equivalent.
• Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in their baccalaureate degree.

No specific undergraduate courses are required for admission, although some familiarity with social scientific theories is helpful.

Applicants need to submit an official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); this is required if the applicant does not have a doctoral degree. Test scores must not be more than five years old.

All master's degree applicants whose citizenship is not of the U.S. and/or whose native language is not English must obtain an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be considered for admission, the applicant must achieve a score of 600 or better for the paper-based exam or a score of 100 or better for the internet-based exam. Please see our International Students page for more information.

Applicants may also submit copies of any pertinent publications or reports that one has authored, which would be helpful in evaluating a candidate's potential for success in public health.

Preference will be given to applicants with an advanced professional degree (M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M.) or other graduate degree, or applicants who have two or more years work experience in the field of public health.

For additional information, please visit the Graduate School Bulletin website.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by February 1st for the fall semester.

Undergraduate Admissions

The Division does not offer an undergraduate degree at this time. For more information on the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences major, please visit the undergraduate major in Public Health Sciences website.