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Question MarkWe’re a month overdue for an edition in our series: “What You’re Asking.” Let me rectify that right now.

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

1.  I have an advanced degree. Am I still required to submit GRE scores as part of my application?

In general, all applicants are required to submit standardized test scores as part of their application. All of our programs will accept the GRE. Some (not all) will accept other test scores, such as those from the GMAT, MCAT or LSAT. See our application requirements chart to learn which scores are appropriate for your program of interest.

Our Schoolwide MPH is the only of our many public health degree programs to waive the standardized test score for those individuals having earned an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate. However, in doing so, these applicants put themselves at a significant disadvantage if the rest of their admissions materials do not clearly demonstrate their quantitative and analytical skills. This is especially true for applicants with medical degrees earned outside of the United States. Additionally, applicants who request to have their applications reviewed without standardized test scores will likely not be awarded a scholarship.

The process for submitting test scores can vary depending on your program. Please read our application instructions carefully. MPH applicants should pay special attention to the instructions specific to them.

2.  I’m a prospective student and would like to talk to a current student with my same interests. Can you connect me?

There are a number of ways for prospective students to connect with current students.

The first is through our Student Webpages.  You’ll notice there are two tabs: "Ambassadors" and "All Students." You may contact any of the students through the website, but “ Ambassadors” have volunteered to be a special help to new and prospective students.

If you have a specific program of interest, you might also contact the appropriate academic coordinator. These individuals may be found with the administrative contacts for each department. Academic coordinators are the best resource regarding a specific program's curriculum, faculty and current students. Contact us if you need help locating the appropriate coordinator.

If you’re an admitted student, you might also attend one of our virtual student panels or Visitors Day. Information on these events may be found on our Admitted Student Website (login and password required – contact us if you need assistance).

I hope this helps!  As always, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us at jhsph.admiss@jhu.edu.

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 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 those popular questions here.

So, without further ado. . .

Where do I send my official transcripts?

Please have your institution send your official transcript to our office:

Admissions Services
JHSPH
615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E1002
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Paper transcripts should arrive to our office in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. No personal photo copies, please.

If your institution has a secure electronic delivery system for transcripts, they may email login information to admiss@jhsph.edu. Please note, such a delivery system is not the same as a copy sent as an email attachment. Emailed attachments are not considered official.

If you have transcripts from an institution physically located outside the U.S., please see our credentials evaluation requirement.

I just took the GRE. If my test scores don’t arrive by the deadline, will my application still be reviewed?

The Long Answer:
The Schoolwide policy is that the online application and all supporting materials such as official transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation 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.

The Short Answer:
Why risk it? Schedule tests and request transcripts well in advance. Submit all your materials before the deadline.

Normally for our “What You’re Asking” series, I answer a handful of common questions emailed to admiss@jhsph.edu.  But this month, I’ve collected your questions from a different source – you in person!

This fall, I’m one of several representatives traveling to graduate fairs and information sessions across the country.

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Here’s what you’re asking at those fairs.

1. Is work experience required for your programs?

Experience can always help an applicant. It can help narrow your public health focus and provide a clear picture of what you hope to gain from a graduate program. Some of our programs prefer experienced applicants.

Only two of our nine degree programs absolutely require it:

  • Schoolwide Master of Public Health (MPH) - requiring two years of post baccalaureate, full-time, health-related work experience. More information available through the MPH Program Office.
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) – requiring an MPH (or equivalent degree) and three years of work experience. More information available through the individual departments with an overview on the DrPH degree page.

2. When is your application deadline?

We have fourteen different deadlines. They vary by department, degree and even by degree track. Know your program and know which deadline applies.

3. What’s the most important part of the application?

Our reviewers look at your application as a total package. They review GRE scores, GPA, resume, as well as your personal statement and letters of recommendation. Take each piece seriously. Spend time preparing an application that accurately represents you, your accomplishments, and what you hope to accomplish through a degree in public health.

Keep those questions coming and perhaps I’ll see you on the road somewhere!

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

A quick recap:  I scope out emails sent to admiss@jhsph.edu and tally the most frequently asked questions. I answer a few of the most popular questions in a blog post.

Here we go. . .

When can I apply for the 2014-2015 Academic Year?

The application for Bloomberg School degree programs beginning summer or fall 2014 will open September 1, 2013. Updated application deadlines and requirements will be posted by August.

Can I talk with someone in admissions about the timeframe, courses I’ll be expected to take, and/or possible field work associated with my program of interest?

Our admissions staff are a friendly bunch. They’re happy to chat about the School, its programs and our application process.  You may reach them by email or by calling 410-955-3543 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon (we reserve the afternoons for the concentrated processing of applications). 

That said, when it comes to specific questions about a specific program, you would best be served by contacting the academic coordinator listed for your department or program. These folks may be found on the website or you can email us and we’ll help you locate an appropriate contact.

I attended an academic institution in France/Nigeria/India/a place physically located outside of the U.S. Do I really need to have my records evaluated by a credentials evaluation agency?

Yes. We’re in the process of updating the details and that information will be available in August. But in most cases, the answer is still yes.

We hope this helps! Thank you for your questions!