Graduate Admissions

GWSPH offers master's, graduate certificate, and doctoral programs to train the next generation of public health leaders. As the only school of public health in Washington, DC, GWSPH offers students access to some of the most influential public health leaders and organizations in the world!

Request a viewbook to learn more about the school of public health residential (on-campus) programs or schedule an appointment to connect with a residential admissions representative for any questions about the graduate admissions process. Please do not hesitate to contact our team with any questions about the application process for residential graduate programs!

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

We are now accepting applications for all academic terms in 2021!

The Milken Institute School of Public Health uses the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) to submit graduate applications for residential (on-campus) programs. This central application allows prospective graduate students to apply to multiple accredited schools of public health. Students applying only to our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program may also apply through HAMPCAS and students applying to the online MPH@GW and MHA@GW should apply directly on their program-specific website. 

TRANSCRIPTS - Enrolling students must have received a bachelor’s degree (master’s for most doctoral programs) from an accredited college or university. Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned or the program was completed. 

  • US CREDITS - Applicants who attended a college or university in the United States must submit a course-by-course transcript to SOPHAS for processing.
  • INTERNATIONAL CREDITS - Applicants who attended a college or university outside the United States must submit a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation. World Education Services (WES) is the preferred evaluation provider.  All WES evaluations must be sent directly to SOPHAS. See “Study Abroad Credit” for more information on transcript requirements. 

GRE - Standardized test scores are not required for admission to graduate certificate, master's*, and DrPH programs through the Fall 2021 term. All PhD applicants must submit valid GRE scores - regardless of prior academic or professional experience - to SOPHAS Code 5268. Applicants may voluntarily submit their Graduate Record Examination test scores to help the admissions committee better understand academic readiness for the program. Email gwsphadmit@gwu.edu to hold your application for review until GRE scores have been received. 

  • *Students interested in applying to the MS in Epidemiology program are required to submit valid GRE scores.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION - All applicants must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation. It is recommended that applicants submit one professional and one academic if possible.

PERSONAL STATEMENT - up to 1500 words. Tell your story focusing on your initial interest in public health, your interest in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW, and your preferred area of study.

INTERVIEW - MHA and Doctoral applicants only. Selected applicants being considered for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) concentrations, PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Master of Health Administration (MHA) may be required to take part in an in-person or virtual interview. Program administrators will contact you directly to schedule an interview should you be selected.

RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY - All applicants to the George Washington University must demonstrate excellent English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Graduate applicants who have not earned (or will not earn before matriculation) a post-secondary degree from a US institution are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) scores to be considered for admission. Scores may not be more than two years old.

Minimum Score Requirements

  • TOEFL: 100 on the Internet exam (iBT)
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no individual score below 6.0. If applicants provide their TRF number, the Office of Admissions & Enrollment can verify IELTS results.

Exceptions

Disclaimer: The George Washington University reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency from any applicant.

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

All application requirements and documentation must be submitted electronically directly to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. The only official documents accepted by the Office of Admissions & Enrollment at the Milken Institute School of Public Health are official IELTS English language scores and foreign transcript evaluations (with the exception of WES evaluations which should be sent directly to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS).

It is important to note that for joint degree programs, the applicant will have to submit an application to the primary degree and a separate application to the Milken Institute School of Public Health (exception PA/MPH). Please contact the primary school for additional application information regarding joint degrees with the school of public health.

STUDY ABROAD CREDIT

Applicants that completed a study abroad experience as part of their post-secondary education do not need to submit a transcript from the study abroad institution nor obtain a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation if the credits appear on your official transcript. It is important to only include institutions in which the degree was earned on the SOPHAS or HAMPCAS application. Listing study abroad institutions will require an official transcript to be sent to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS that may lead to delays in the application review process. The Office of Admissions & Enrollment reserves the right to request a foreign transcript for applicants that completed more than 18 study abroad credits.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

It is important to pay attention to each programs’ deadline outlined below. The online MPH@GW and MHA@GW programs have separate application deadlines than the residential programs listed below. Master's applicants for the Summer or Fall semesters are encouraged to submit their application prior to the Scholarship Priority Deadline of January 15, 2021. Any application submitted after the program-specific deadline will be reviewed and considered for admission on a space-available basis. All applications are reviewed holistically. Applicants for master's and graduate certificate programs can expect a decision within four to six weeks after the application is verified and complete.

The application for all 2021 academic terms will be available on SOPHAS by September 1, 2020. 

Masters Deadlines

Disclaimer: If you require GW to sponsor a student visa, you must apply by the final deadline of the semester you wish to begin.

PROGRAM

SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY DEADLINE

FALL FINAL

(August start)

SPRING FINAL

(January start)

SUMMER FINAL

(May start)

MHA - Health Administration

Jan 15 Mar 15 X X

MPH - Biostatistics

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Community-Oriented Primary Care

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Environmental Health Science & Policy

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Epidemiology

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Global Environmental Health

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Global Health Policy

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Global Health Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Health Policy

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Health Promotion

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Humanitarian Health

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Maternal & Child Health

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Physical Activity in Public Health

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Public Health Communication & Marketing

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MPH - Public Health Nutrition

Jan 15 Mar 15 X X

MS - Epidemiology

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

MS - Exercise Science, Strength & Conditioning

Jan 15 Mar 15 X X

MS - Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases

Jan 15 Mar 15 Oct 1 Mar 15

 

Doctoral Deadlines

PROGRAM

FALL FINAL

(August start)

SPRING FINAL

(January start)

SUMMER FINAL

(May start)

DrPH

Dec 1 X X

PhD - Environmental Health

Dec 1 X X

PhD - Epidemiology

Dec 1 X X

PhD - Exercise Physiology and Applied Nutrition

Dec 1 X X

PhD - Health Policy

Dec 1 X X

PhD - Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health*

Dec 1 X X

* - Indicates this doctoral program enrolls on a biennial basis every even year.

Certificate Deadlines

PROGRAM

FALL FINAL

(August start)

SPRING FINAL

(January start) 

SUMMER FINAL

(May start)

Certificate - Health Policy

March 15 Oct 1 March 15

Certificate - Public Health

March 15 Oct 1 March 15

APPLICATION TIMELINES

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE & MASTER'S

The Office of Admissions & Enrollment only works with verified SOPHAS or HAMPCAS applications. Please note, SOPHAS takes two weeks on average - or longer during peak volumes - to verify applications. To meet the Master's Scholarship Priority Deadline, you must electronically submit on SOPHAS or HAMPCAS by 11:59 PM (EST) by the posted deadline regardless of verification status.

Once the application is complete and sent to the admissions committee for review, applicants can anticipate an admissions decision within four to six weeks. All application updates and admissions decisions are communicated by email. Master’s students that electronically submit their SOPHAS or HAMPCAS application by the Scholarship Priority Deadline will automatically be reviewed for merit-based scholarship consideration. Admitted Master’s students do not need to submit an additional application for merit-based scholarship consideration as the SOPHAS or HAMPCAS application is used to determine merit-based scholarship eligibility. Admitted Master’s students selected for scholarships will be notified within three business weeks after receiving the offer of admission.

DOCTORAL

The Office of Admissions & Enrollment only works with verified SOPHAS applications. Please note, SOPHAS takes two weeks on average - or longer during peak volumes - to verify applications. To meet the application deadline, you must electronically submit on SOPHAS no later than 11:59 PM (EST) on December 1 regardless of verification status. Only applications that are verified and completed by January 1 will be considered for admissions review.

Throughout January and February, applicants may be invited to participate in an in-person or virtual interview. Not all applicants will be required to interview. Admissions decisions are communicated by email starting in late February or early March, regardless of the submission date.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

GW is proud to cultivate a community of diverse perspectives and international backgrounds. To comply with immigration requirements, university policies, and timelines we encourage international applicants to apply for the fall semester, however, we will also accept applications for a spring or summer entry.

APPLICANTS REQUESTING A F-1 VISA OR F-1 VISA TRANSFER

If granted admission to a program, the Milken Institute School of Public Health must receive additional documents to process a request for an I-20 to study at GW. The Office of Admissions & Enrollment will contact admitted students that have submitted their seat deposit regarding the next steps.

APPLICANTS HOLDING A NON-STUDENT US VISA

International applicants on a non-student visa (H4, G1, etc) are sponsored by an agency or organization not related to GW. Please confirm with the US Department of State that you are permitted to study in the US on your current visa status.

If you plan to keep your current visa status, no additional documentation is required. Please indicate your current visa status on your application.

APPLICANTS WITH US PERMANENT RESIDENCY STATUS

Permanent residents are non-US citizens legally within the United States who have applied and been approved for residency. Applicants with pending applications for residency may apply as permanent residents, but cannot enroll at the Milken Institute School of Public Health until temporary or permanent residency is approved.

STEM FIELD ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS

Program

CIP CODE

Biostatistics (MPH)

26.1102

Environmental Health Science & Policy (MPH)

51.2202

Environmental and Occupational Health (DrPH)

51.2202

Epidemiology (MS, MPH, PhD)

26.1309

Global Environmental Health (MPH)

51.2202

Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control (MPH)

26.1309

Exercise Science - Strength and Conditioning (MS)

26.0908

 

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate in its admissions programs against any person on any basis prohibited by law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, or familial or marital status.