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Student at deskYou’ve done your research. You Know Your Program. It’s time to Apply.

The first of our many application deadlines is December 1 and they run through next July. We know that seems like a long way away, but there are definitely things you should start now.

First, confirm which application you should use.

  • Applicants to Schoolwide Master of Public Health programs use SOPHAS.
  • Applicants to any of our other public health degrees, certificates and residencies use the Bloomberg School Application.

A complete list of which programs apply using which process may be found on our website.

Review your program’s application requirements and deadlines.

Next, if you still need to take a standardized or English language proficiency test, do it now! Sometimes test scores are delayed. Sometimes results aren’t as expected. Allow yourself time to resolve issues and/or re-take the test.

Another important task for your end of summer checklist: order official transcripts. This is another item that can take time, especially if you have international academic records requiring a credentials evaluation.

School policy requires your online application and supporting materials (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) to be submitted before or on the application deadline

Don’t wait. Start now!

Open!We’re still welcoming this year’s incoming students, but we’re also welcoming our first applications for next year!

The Application for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is Open.

Remember: know your program!

The Bloomberg School uses two separate application systems. The program you’re applying to dictates which application you use.

Thoroughly research our academic offerings. Be familiar with the application process for your program of interest before you apply. And as always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Best wishes to you and your application!

Over the next few months, the 2015-2016 application cycle will end.

Some of you (and some of us) are already looking to the next cycle. That application (for the 2016-2017 academic year) will likely open September 2015. In the meantime. . .

What should you do now?

  1. Contemplate your public health interests, passions and goals.
  2. Find the program that will best provide you the tools to reach those goals
  3. Learn your chosen program’s application requirements and deadlines
  4. Arrange to take the necessary standardized tests, allowing time to prepare and re-take if necessary
  5. If needed, arrange to take the necessary English language proficiency tests
  6. Stay in touch! Subscribe to this blog and follow us on social media!

Question Mark - What You're AskingIn this (mostly) monthly series, I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer the most popular questions here on the blog.

The most common questions this month were very similar to those from last month. Because so many are still asking, the first question below is a repeat.

When will I learn my admissions decision?

The length of an admissions review varies based on your department, your program, the number of applications received, the time of year submitted, etc. Each of our academic departments and the MPH program office have their own admissions review committee (sometimes more than one). These committees meet at different times and with varying levels of frequency. 

It typically takes eight to ten weeks for a committee to reach an admissions decision, but in a few cases, it can take longer. 

Why don’t I see my program of interest as a choice in the application?

First, make sure you’re using the correct application. Our School uses two and it’s dependent on your program.

Second, check the application deadline. If you don’t see your program of interest as an option and the deadline has passed, it’s likely that your program is no longer accepting applications.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year will open September 2015.

More Questions?

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And don’t forget to take our survey regarding the Academic Prospectus!

Average test scoresPublic health is a quantitative discipline. But admission to a public health program is less about numbers and more about fit.

This is one reason we may hesitate when you ask about the average GRE score for accepted applicants.

Admissions statistics (e.g. average test scores, average GPAs, acceptance rates, etc.) vary greatly by department, program and sometimes even concentration or track. Public health draws individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience. The number of applicants and number of available slots varies year to year. Test structures and evaluation procedures also change.

For all the reasons above, our office does not collect statistics for individual programs or for the School as a whole.

From our perspective, all components of the application (resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores, etc.) are equally considered in the admission review. There are no minimums or cut-offs.

That’s not to say you should submit less than your best. Our programs are competitive (though how competitive also varies greatly!).

Each of our academic departments and the MPH program office have their own admissions review committee(s).  You may wish to contact the appropriate academic coordinator for a better idea of what makes a competitive application to your specific program. Contact information for coordinators is typically listed on the program’s website or you may contact us for help.

Best wishes to you and your application!