Graduate Admissions

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University offers bachelors, masters, graduate certificate, and doctoral programs to train the next generation of public health leaders. All academic programs will provide you with 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. 

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Milken Institute School of Public Health uses the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) to submit graduate applications for residential programs. 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] and students applying to the online MPH@GW, MHA@GW, and HealthInformatics@GW will apply directly on their website. 

Application Requirements:

TRANSCRIPTS - Enrolling students must have received a bachelor’s degree (master’s for doctoral applicants) 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 - 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. The MS in Strength and Conditioning does not require the GRE as an application requirement. 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 - auto 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

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

  • Exceptions are granted to applicants who earned (or will earn before matriculation) a post-secondary degree from an institution in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption. If you are unsure whether you qualify for an exemption, please contact us at gwsphadmit@gwu.edu.

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 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. The online MPH@GWMHA@GW, and HealthInformatics@GW programs have separate application deadlines than the residential programs listed 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 six to eight weeks after the application is received and verified.

 

Masters Deadlines

PROGRAM

FALL PRIORITY DEADLINE

FALL FINAL

(August start)

SPRING FINAL

(January start)

SUMMER FINAL

(May start)

MHA - Health Administration

December 15

March 15

X

X

MPH - Biostatistics

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Community-Oriented Primary Care

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Environmental Health Science & Policy

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Epidemiology

December 15

March 15

Dec 1 December 15

MPH - Global Environmental Health

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Global Health Policy

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Global Health Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Health Policy

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Health Promotion

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Humanitarian Health

December 15 March 15 Dec 1 December 15

MPH - Maternal & Child Health

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Physical Activity in Public Health

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Public Health Communication & Marketing

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MPH - Public Health Nutrition

December 15

March 15

X

X

MS - Epidemiology

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

MS - Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning

December 15

March 15

X

X

MS - Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Diseases

December 15

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

 

Doctoral Deadlines

PROGRAM

FALL PRIORITY DEADLINE

FALL FINAL

(August start)

SPRING FINAL

(January start)

SUMMER FINAL

(May start)

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

PhD - Epidemiology

X

December 1

X

X

PhD - Health Policy X December 1 X

X

PhD - Social & Behavioral Sciences in Public Health *

X

December 1

X

X

 

Certificate Deadlines

PROGRAM

FALL PRIORITY DEADLINE

FALL FINAL

(August start)

SPRING FINAL

(January start)

SUMMER FINAL

(May start)

Certificate - Health Policy

X

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

Certificate - Public Health Generalist

X

March 15

Dec 1

December 15

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

Exercise Science - Strength and Conditioning (MS)

26.0908

 

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