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question markAs part of a monthly series, I once again kept a tally of questions directed to admiss@jhsph.edu. In this post, I’ll address the three most asked questions.

1.  I’m interested in a public health graduate degree. How do I learn more?

You’ve come to the right place!

The Bloomberg School offers nine public health graduate degrees from ten academic departments. These degrees include our Schoolwide Master of Public Health (MPH) as well as a plethora of degrees in everything from reproductive cancer biology to social factors in health to genetic epidemiology and human nutrition. There are over fifty degree tracks!   

We in admissions are happy to help you with general questions and the application process, but we encourage you to thoroughly review our website, narrow your interests and then contact the academic coordinator for the program that truly calls to you.  If you have trouble locating a contact, just let us know and we’ll help you out.

2.  What is the status of my application? Has a decision been made?

The quickest way to learn the status of your application is to log back in to your online account. Some of our programs will post their decisions within the application for you to see. Others will let you know a decision has been made and contact you by mail.

It typically takes eight to ten weeks from the time your application was completed (not submitted) for the admissions review committee to reach an admissions decision. 

If you have any questions about your decision or need a specific timeframe, you should contact your program directly.

For more information, see “Waiting” and “Our Process-Part 3: Under Review.”

3.  My application says I need to submit final transcripts. I thought I sent everything?

This notation generally appears in the applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript showing your coursework to date.

While your “in progress” transcript is usually sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and grades you earned. Admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.

See the Admitted Student website or contact admissions if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!

piles of filesLast month, I kept a tally of questions directed to admiss@jhsph.edu and wrote a post addressing the top five. It was a popular post and I hope that means it was helpful, especially because I plan to make it a monthly thing.

Five was a few too many, so I will address the three most asked questions of the past week.

1.  Have you received my materials?

Just as it was last month, this was by far the most asked question.

If your application is submitted, the easiest way for you to check your materials is to log back into your online application

If you JUST submitted, it may take up to ten days for us to match your materials to the online record.  We appreciate your patience.

If you have not yet submitted your application, your materials will be placed in a holding file. Remember, we don’t process supporting documents until your application is submitted and the application fee paid. This is yet another reason to submit early. If you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any potential issues.

For more information, see “Welcoming the Flood” and “Our Process – Part 2: What Happens When I Click Submit?”

2.  When will a decision be made on my application?

It typically takes eight to ten weeks for the admissions review committees  to reach an admissions decision. 

If you have any questions or need a more specific timeframe, you should contact your program directly.

For more information, see “Waiting” and “Our Process-Part 3: Under Review.”

3.  My application says I need to submit final transcripts. What does that mean?

Generally, this notation appears in the applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript, showing your coursework to date.

While your “in progress” transcript is usually sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and grades you earned. Admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.

See the Admitted Student website or contact admissions if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!
 

The hardest thing about applying to graduate school is waiting for a decision – we know this from all the inquiries we receive!

Once your application is submitted and all your required materials received and processed, your application is sent to the appropriate committee for review.

On average, it takes eight to ten weeks for a decision to be issued. These decisions come directly from the program or department you applied to.

We in admissions are not permitted to relay decisions one way or another.  You can, however, log back into your application to see when a decision has been made.

Best wishes to you and your application!

Welcome to the third installment in a series of posts describing the general admissions process here at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Future posts will delve into specific admissions requirements, showcase our school, highlight staff and display snapshots of our kids (just kidding). 

For now, let’s talk. . .

Under Review

You submitted your application and all of your supporting materials. The admissions coordinator handling your file processed those materials and deemed your application complete.

What happens next?

The short answer is: the admissions coordinator sends your application package to your program for review.

But it’s at this point that things really begin to vary.

Each of our academic departments, as well as the program office for our Schoolwide MPH, have their own admission review committees.  Some of our departments have separate review committees for master’s and doctoral applications. Some have committees dedicated to a specific degree track.  The committees meet at different times and with varying levels of frequency. They have one thing in common:  eventually they reach an admissions decision on every application.

Stack of files.

On average, it takes eight to ten weeks for a decision to be issued. These decisions come directly from the program you applied to. We in admissions are not permitted to relay decisions one way or another.

We can, however, keep our fingers crossed for you.

Best wishes to you and your application!