Graduate Admissions FAQ
You may transfer up to 6 credits from another institution. This includes courses taken as a “non-degree” student (see below).
Yes. If you are ever in the area, please do contact us and we would be happy to arrange for you to meet with faculty and students and to attend classes. We also have an annual Open House to which you are welcome and invited to attend. Contact Diane Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on upcoming Open House dates.
Yes. Applicants must have taken the GREs within the past 5 years. We generally like to see scores in the top 50% percentile; however, the GRE score by itself is not sufficient to gain admission to the program or to deny entry.
There are two basic forms of financial aid: Aid provided by the university and aid provided by the School. Applicants should apply for financial aid from the university directly. The University offers a limited number of scholarships, job opportunities (such as a Resident Advisor) that include tuition & fee waivers, and federal loans. The School of Public Health & Health Sciences and the Department of Public Health have no control or influence over these financial aid programs.
The International Programs Office offers a number of International student Tuition Waiver awards to international graduate students. New students must be nominated by their academic department. Graduate students can also apply to their academic departments for teaching or research assistantships which, if awarded, carry a stipend and waiver of tuition and some fees.
The primary form of financial assistance offered by the Department of Public Health comes in the form of employment as Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants. Generally, students are awarded a stipend and tuition and fee waivers, including out-of-state tuition, in addition to health and childcare benefits.
To apply to the M.S. or M.P.H. program, please visit the SOPHAS website.
To apply to our Ph.D. program, our Online M.P.H. in Public Health Practice, or our Worcester campus blended M.P.H. program, please visit the Graduate School Admissions website.
Admission decisions are forwarded to the Graduate School, and the Graduate School will send letters to applicants by mail confirming the decision. This process will be completed as quickly as possible.
Prior to one’s formal application and admission into a graduate degree program, the University of Massachusetts Amherst allows interested individuals to take up to 6 credits (typically, 2 classes) as a “non-degree” student. All that one needs to do is to pay for the classes, without submitting a formal application for admission.
You may take up to 6 credits (usually 2 courses) online and apply them towards your degree program here. Please be aware that you must pay a separate fee for taking courses online.
All incoming international teaching assistants/associates and returning students who will be assuming TA responsibilities for the first time are required to demonstrate their oral English proficiency by passing a test of spoken English. A standardized test, SPEAK, which has been designed by the Educational Testing Service, is used for assessing and measuring the spoken English ability of International Teaching Assistants (ITAs). A score of 50 or above is required to pass the test. It is recommended that students who are not currently funded but who may be funded for a TA or TO position in the future, should also take the test.
The screening test of spoken English communication skills is typically given at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. A sample test is available at the time of sign up. The test will take approximately 1 hour. Please inform your Graduate Program Director if you are planning to take the test.
Small group English communication instruction classes are offered during fall, spring, and summer to ITAs/ITOs who do not achieve test criteria. Classes are also offered during spring and summer on a space available basis to RAs and international graduate students without funding.
We require that all applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and that foreign applicants take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). In addition, the admission decision is based on the applicant's grades in undergraduate and graduate courses, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Successful applicants' test scores and Grade Point Average (GPA) generally exceed:
There are no specific undergraduate courses required for admission.
Applications to the program must be received by:
- Fall: February 1
- Spring*: October 1
*Note: Spring admissions are considered on a case-by-case basis only.
The application has 5 basic components: (1) your undergraduate and/or graduate GPA, (2) your GRE scores, (3) your work experience (or resume), (4) letters of reference, and (5) your personal statement. All 5 elements are carefully considered to get a better understanding of the applicant. The admissions committee pays particular attention to the personal statements.
The Admissions Committee is looking for two key points: First, the candidate has a clear understanding of the field, based on experience and personal and professional interests; and second, the candidate demonstrates clear knowledge about how the degree will advance their career goals and provide them with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to gain entry to the work they most want to do.
For additional information regarding admissions to our campus-based programs, please contact Diane Wolf by email at email@example.com or by phone at (413) 545-2861.