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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!


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 if you have any questions.

Best wishes to you!

Student celebrates good newsGreat news!

The final application deadline for the full-time MPH program has been extended to January 31, 2014!

You have thirty additional days to submit your application and materials!

Just keep in mind, if you have international academic records, you need to have them evaluated by a third-party credentials evaluation agency. This process generally takes at least a month. In order to make the January 31 deadline, we suggest you start the evaluation process no later than January 6.

All other materials - including the online application, test scores, domestic transcripts and letters of recommendation – should be received or postmarked by January 31. In order to make this deadline, we suggest you request domestic transcripts no later than January 21.

If you’re not ready to apply to the full-time program this January, the application for our next full-time cohort will open through SOPHAS in September 2014.

The Bloomberg School also offers the MPH in an online/part-time format with start dates in June, November and January. The application for the June 2014 start date is open now (priority deadline – January 2, final deadline – February 1). The application for the November 2014 Barcelona, Spain cohort will open in SOPHAS March 1, 2014.

You can also take courses as a non-degree seeking student as soon as January as long as you register for Introduction to Online Learning by January 10.  These courses can apply to your degree should you enroll in the MPH.

Deadline Alert!Are you applying to the full-time or on-line/part-time Master of Public Health (MPH)?

Listen up! This post is for you! 

The MPH program office has implemented priority AND final application deadlines. 

They are:

  • Summer 2014 Full Time Matriculation
    Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2013
    Final Application Deadline: January 2, 2014
  • Summer 2014 Online/Part-Time Matriculation
    Priority Application Deadline: January 2, 2014
    Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2014

What is a priority deadline?

If you submit all of your application materials by the PRIORITY deadline your application will receive priority review.  All MPH applicants are considered for scholarships, but if you complete your application by the priority deadline, you increase your chances of receiving one.

It’s yet another reason to complete your application early!  

What is a final deadline?

All application materials (e.g. transcripts, transcript evaluations, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, etc) must be received by the FINAL deadline.  Once the final deadline has passed, incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

The MPH Program Office and Admissions Services hope this new deadline structure will provide a better guide for when you should submit your application and supporting materials. Please let us know if you have any questions.

To begin your application, visit How to Apply and/or read earlier posts detailing the process on this blog.

For all other degree program deadlines, please see the application deadline chart.

October 1The application deadline for the online/part-time Master of Public Health (MPH) program beginning January 2014 has been extended!

If you wish to apply, you now have until October 1 to submit your application and supporting materials!

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 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!