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SOPHAS logoThis spring brings a major change to Admissions Services.

Our Schoolwide Master of Public Health (MPH) will begin moving its application process to the Schools of Public Health Application System (SOPHAS).

In fact, you can apply to the online/part-time MPH beginning in November 2014 in Barcelona, Spain through SOPHAS right now!

We’ve revised our application instructions to reflect this change and will keep you posted as new MPH applications open. Detailed instructions for MPH applicants have also been posted. If you plan to apply to the MPH, please review these instructions carefully!

PLEASE NOTE:

At this time, all of our other degree and certificate applications will continue to be processed through the Bloomberg School’s Admissions Services. This includes the Master of Health Administration (MHA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Science (ScM), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Science (ScD) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).

Now more than ever, we encourage you to thoroughly research your options here at our School so that you know your program, its requirements, and its application!

As always, feel free to email jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!

Open signOur application season began in December, but some of our programs are still open!

The following programs would love to review your completed application:

The Schoolwide policy requires all application materials to arrive in our office before the deadline. But as you can see, some programs (NOT ALL) will accept applications and materials after the posted deadline.

Once the deadline has passed, applications may close at any time. We do our best to keep you informed of upcoming closings, but cannot guarantee an admissions review if you haven't completed your application before the deadline.

Best wishes to you and your application!

SleuthI love a good mystery. Sherlock Holmes, Maisie Dobbs, Hercule Poirot are all dear friends of mine.  They’re also my competitors, because my favorite thing about mysteries is trying to solve the puzzle before the hero (or heroine).

So imagine the pleasure I get by solving this mystery for you. . .

I submitted all the required materials. I see them applied to my online application. My application is under review, so why is it still “incomplete?”

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

While this “in progress” transcript is typically 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 the grades you earned.

As long as the individual requirements (letters of recommendation, test scores, transcripts, etc.) have been fulfilled and your application is under review, there is nothing more to do until you receive your decision.

One final, important note in the solving of this mystery: admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.  

That sounds scary, but if you pay attention to communication from us, monitor your online application and follow this blog, it’s elementary!

Question markIt’s time for another edition in our series of posts: “What You’re Asking.”

Here’s how it works: 
I scope out emails sent to admiss@jhsph.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a couple of the most popular questions here.

1. As long as I submit my online application before the application deadline, can my other materials (test scores, transcripts, etc.) arrive later?

The Schoolwide policy is that the online application and all supporting materials (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline.

Some of our departments (NOT ALL) are willing to review applications completed soon after the deadline. However, once the deadline has passed, admissions can no longer guarantee a review. Submitting materials after the deadline may also hurt your chances of student funding through the department.

Some of our programs (including the Schoolwide MPH) have priority and final deadlines. Applicants who complete their application by the priority deadline have a better chance of receiving funding.  Once the final deadline has passed, incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

You may wish to contact your department of interest to discuss any late materials and their possible effect on your application.

2. I asked my previous school to send my transcripts in November. I don’t see them in my online application. Have you received them?

Each year, we receive over 3,000 formally submitted applications (plus the accompanying transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores). Many more applications remain unsubmitted and are never finished. Because of this volume, we do not process materials for unsubmitted applications or for those applications with unpaid application fees.

Materials that arrive before the application is submitted are date stamped and placed in a holding file.

Once the application is submitted and application fee paid, we create an official application file, begin processing supporting materials, and enter those materials into the online record.

Applicants may log into their online application and follow this process.

Our admissions staff works hard to process materials as quickly and accurately as possible, but it is a manual process.  It does take time - up to ten business days - especially if you submitted on or near a major application deadline.

Remember, the application and all its supporting documents are due before the application deadline. You won’t be penalized for our processing time, but if you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any issues before the department stops accepting applications.

We definitely do not want that!

Submit your application and materials now!

question markDo you have a question about our application process/requirements/
deadlines/etc?

Do you need an answer now?

Perhaps the following questions and answers using past posts will help.

How do I apply to the Bloomberg School?

Do I really need to submit a standardized test score?

Will you waive your TOEFL requirement for me?

Who should provide my letters of recommendation and how should they do it?

Can you provide any guidance regarding the personal statement?

I previously applied to the Bloomberg School. How do I apply again?

What is the status of my submitted materials?

Is it John or Johns Hopkins?