Graduate Admissions

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The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees to train the next generation of public health leaders. All programs provide students a quality education, a faculty with a passion for public health, and, as the only school of public health in Washington, DC, access to some of the most influential public health leaders and organizations in the world. 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Milken Institute School of Public Health uses the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) to submit graduate applications. This online system allows prospective graduate students apply to multiple accredited schools of public health. Students applying only to our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program may also apply through [HAMPCAS].

Application Requirements:

  • TRANSCRIPTS - Enrolling students must have received a bachelor’s degree (master’s for doctoral applicants) from an accredited college or university. Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions from which they earned credit. See “Study Abroad Credit” for more information on transcript requirements. 
  • GRE - All applicants must have taken the GRE within five years of the semester they plan to enroll. SOPHAS GW GRE Code - 5268, HAMPCAS GW GRE Code - 7810. Graduate programs will also accept valid official LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, or DAT scores for admission, with the exception of MHA that requires the GRE. All doctoral program and MS in Epidemiology applicants must submit valid GRE scores - regardless of prior academic or professional experience. Applicants for the MPH, MHA, MS in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Graduate Certificates may waive the standardized test requirement if they currently have a master’s degree or higher. Graduate Certificate applicants may contact the Office of Admissions (gwsphadmit@gwu.edu) for more information on waiving the standardized test requirement.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION - All applicants must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation (three for doctoral applicants). It is recommended that applicants submit one professional and one academic if possible.
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT - 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) will be required to take part in an in-person or virtual interview. The degree program administrators will contact you to schedule an interview should you be selected.
  • RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE
  • INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS - Applicants whose bachelor’s and/or master’s degree(s) was earned at a college or university outside the United States must have a course-by-course transcript evaluation of all international degrees sent directly to SOPHAS. World Education Services (WES) is the preferred provider. In addition, all international applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Most international applicants are required to  submit official TOEFL scores (minimum score requirement of 100) or IELTS scores (minimum score requirement 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0). If applicants provide their TRF number, the Office of Admissions can verify IELTS results. Please contact the Office of Admissions directly for exemptions to the English language proficiency requirement.

All application requirements and documentation must be submitted electronically directly to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. The only official documents accepted by the Office of Admissions at the Milken Institute School of Public Health are the 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 study abroad 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 be sent to SOPHAS or HAMPCAS that may lead to delays in the application review process. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to request a foreign transcript for applicants that completed more than 18 study abroad credits.

DEADLINES

It is important to pay attention to each programs’ deadline outlined below. Applicants for the fall semester are encouraged to submit their application prior to the Scholarship Priority Deadline of December 15. Any application submitted after the program specific deadline will be reviewed and considered for admission based on available space. All applications are reviewed holistically. Applicants will receive a decision within four to six weeks after the application is received and verified.

PROGRAM

FALL PRIORITY DEADLINE

FALL

SPRING

SUMMER

Certificate - Health Policy

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

Certificate - Public Health Generalist

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

DrPH - Environmental & Occupational Health

X

December 1

X

X

DrPH - Global Health *

X

December 1

X

X

DrPH - Health Behavior *

X

December 1

X

X

DrPH - Health Policy *

X

December 1

X

X

MHA - Health Administration

December 15

March 15

October 1

X

MPH - Biostatistics

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Community-Oriented Primary Care

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Enviornmental Health Science & Policy

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Epidemiology

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Global Environmental Health

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Global Health Policy

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Global Health Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Health Policy

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Health Promotion

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Maternal & Child Health

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Physical Activity in Public Health

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Public Health Communication & Marketing

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MPH - Public Health Nutrition

December 15

March 15

X

X

MS - Epidemiology

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

MS - Exercise Science

December 15

March 15

X

X

MS - Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases

December 15

March 15

October 1

December 15

PhD - Epidemiology

X

December 1

X

X

PhD - Health Policy X January 15 X

X

PhD - Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health *

X

December 1

X

X

*These programs admit students every even year (next entering class will begin August 2020)

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 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 will contact admitted students that have submitted their seat deposit regarding 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

 

Request more information by completing the form to learn more about the school of public health and upcoming events. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions by email at gwsphadmit@gwu.edu or by phone at 202-994-2160 for further assistance as you navigate the graduate application process.