Admissions

The Department of Public Health offers both undergraduate and advanced graduate degree programs designed to prepare students to study and apply Public Health from a multidisciplinary approach.

Undergraduate Admissions

Admissions to the undergraduate degree program are administered through the University Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students may enter the Department as freshmen or as transfer students. Please refer to their website for requirements and application deadlines.

For more information on program requirements and other information related to the undergraduate major in Public Health Sciences, visit our pages intended for prospective undergraduate public health students.

Graduate Admissions

General Admission Procedures

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, our Online M.P.H. in Public Health Practice program, or our Worcester campus blended M.P.H. program, please visit the Graduate School Admissions website.

For additional information regarding admissions, please visit our FAQ page or contact our Admissions Coordinator for campus-based programs or our Academic Director of Continuing Education Programs for our 100% online M.P.H. in Public Health Practice or Worcester campus blended M.P.H. degree programs.

General Admission Requirements

Consideration for admission is based on 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. We give preference to applicants with substantial professional experience in the field of public health.

All applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Admission decisions are based on a review of all application materials. TOEFL scores of 600 or higher (250 or higher on the computer-based version) must be submitted by international applicants who are not native English speakers.

Admissions Requirements for Concentrations

In addition, all applicants must also meet the requirements for admission to a degree concentration. For information about graduate degree programs including admissions to a specific concentration contact:

Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Biostatistics
Epidemiology

Division of Community Health Studies
Community Health Education
Health Policy and Management

Division of Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Health Sciences

Online Degree Programs
Online MPH in Public Health Practice
Worcester Campus Blended MPH Program

Graduate Program Application Deadlines:

Applications must be received by February 1 for fall admissions and by October 1 for spring admissions.