Graduate Application Process

The Milken Institute School of Public Health uses the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). SOPHAS is an online application system where prospective public health graduate students can apply to multiple accredited schools.

All applicants to graduate and doctoral programs must submit the following to SOPHAS:

  • The SOPHAS online application form
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit
  • Official and current GRE test scores (GW Institution Code: 5268)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Note: A third letter is required of doctoral applicants)

Submit all forms directly to SOPHAS. No supporting documents are accepted at our admissions office.

Standardized Testing Requirements

All doctoral program applicants must submit GRE scores, regardless of prior academic or professional experience. Master’s degree and graduate certificate program students must submit GRE scores, with the following exceptions:

Statement of Purpose Guidelines

Your statement of purpose should explain how you became interested in your field of choice; the contribution you hope to make to your field; and how you believe GW's program will help you reach your career goals. If there is anything unusual in your transcripts, standardized testing, or resume that you wish to explain to the admissions committee, please include this information in your Statement of Purpose.


No interviews are required for applicants to the Master of Public (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or graduate certificate programs. Applicants to the Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) program are required to sit for a formal interview. The Department of Health Services Management and Leadership will contact you to schedule an appointment after your application is complete.

Application Review Process

Our admissions committees consider applications on a rolling basis. Most applicants receive a decision regarding their admission 6 to 8 weeks after completing their application.

Related Links
Application Deadlines
Applying to MPH@GW
Applying to MHA@GW
International Applicant Requirements