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answer sheetAs a follow-up to last week’s post on standardized test scores, we’d like to address another common question:

What is the average test score submitted by your applicants?

Admissions doesn’t have that figure.  Nor do we have a minimum score requirement. Let me explain why.

Test scores and other admissions statistics vary greatly by department, program, degree track and even admissions cycle.  With ten departments and nine degrees – all with widely varying numbers of applicants and available spots – it’s extremely difficult to provide a Schoolwide average.  Even if we performed arithmetic gymnastics to provide such a number, it may not accurately represent a competitive score for your specific program of interest.

The academic departments and Schoolwide MPH program have their own admissions review committees who consider all components of the application (statement of purpose, resume, transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, etc.) during their review. They will be looking for candidates with strong quantitative abilities and a focused goal in public health.

For the best idea of what makes a competitive application to your particular program, we encourage you to contact that program directly. Email us for help locating an appropriate contact.

Best wishes to you and your application!

standardized testWe’ve addressed this topic before, but since it happens to be our most popular post, it’s worth repeating.

All our degree programs require the submission of a standardized test score as part of the application process.

The GRE general test is the most universally accepted, but some of our degree programs will accept scores of other tests.  For example, our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program will accept either GRE or GMAT scores.  Our Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) through the Department of International Health will accept either GRE or MCAT scores. Other programs may accept only the GRE.

It’s very important that you know your program and its specific requirements.

There is one very specific exception to this rule. Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program – and only our Master of Public Health program – will review applications without standardized test scores for those applicants with a graduate degree beyond the baccalaureate.

HOWEVER, these applicants put themselves at a significant disadvantage if their admission materials don’t clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. This is particularly true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside of the U.S. Additionally, applicants who request to have their materials reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

Questions?  Review our FAQ or email us at admiss@jhsph.edu!

Question markWelcome to another edition of our monthly series, “What You’re Asking.”

Just to recap, here’s how it works: I scope out emails sent to admiss@jhsph.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I choose the most common questions to answer in a blog post.

This month, there was a stand-out question I’ve decided to address in detail.

Are GRE scores required when applying to the Master of Public Health (MPH) program?

Before I answer that, it's important to talk about:

What’s in a degree name? Would an MPH by any other name smell as sweet?

Many times, in the midst of answering an inquiry, we realize the prospective student is confused about the name of the degree they're inquiring about.

The Bloomberg School offers a Schoolwide MPH, plus eight degrees from ten academic departments. The alphabet soup of master’s degrees (MPH, MHA, MHS, MSPH, MPP, ScM) can be confusing and different degrees mean different things at different schools. So, we have a few recommendations. Do your research. Compare curriculum. Look at faculty research. Talk to the program coordinator. Make sure you have a program that fits your interests and career goals.

Now we can talk GRE.

ALL our degree programs require applicants to submit standardized test scores as part of the application process. The GRE is the most universally accepted, but some of our programs are willing to accept a few other common standardized test scores (GMAT or MCAT for example). Application requirements vary by department, degree and even degree track. So first, know your program. Second, know your program’s requirements!

The MPH program will accept the GRE, GMAT, MCAT or LSAT to fulfill the standardized test score requirement. The MPH program is the only one of our programs willing to review applications without standardized test scores IF you have an advanced degree (master’s or doctoral) beyond the baccalaureate.

It’s important to note, if you submit an MPH application without test scores, you may put yourself at a significant disadvantage if the rest of your admission materials don’t clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. This is particularly true if your advanced degree is a medical degree earned outside of the U.S. You should also know, applicants who request to have their materials reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

I hope this answers your GRE questions, but if it hasn't, please email us and we'll be happy to talk more!

GRE Answer Sheet

One of the most common questions we receive through email and at grad fairs is:

Do I need to submit GRE scores as part of my application?

Once again, I have both short and long answers.

The short answer is yes. All of our programs require standardized test scores and the GRE is the most universally accepted.

The long answer is still yes, with a few qualifiers and one very specific exception.

Several (but not all) of our degree programs will accept other standardized test scores in lieu of the GRE.  For example, our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program will accept either GRE or GMAT test scores.  Our Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) through the Department of International Health will accept either GRE or MCAT scores. But, our master’s degrees through Health, Behavior and Society will only accept the GRE.

It’s very important to know the requirements for your specific program of interest.

How do you find this information? Our application requirements chart is your friend!

And what is that one very specific exception I mentioned?

Our Master of Public Health (MPH) program – and only our Master of Public Health program – will review applications without standardized test scores for those applicants with a graduate degree beyond the baccalaureate.

It’s important to note, though, that these applicants put themselves at a significant disadvantage if their admission materials don’t clearly demonstrate significant quantitative and analytical skills. This is particularly true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside of the U.S. Additionally, applicants who request to have their materials reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

Do you have more questions about standardized test scores?  Check out our FAQ, email us at admiss@jhsph.edu or wait for upcoming blog posts!