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Admissions FAQs

The following FAQs are appropriate for SOPHAS applicants only. Certificate Applicants should refer to the Certificate FAQ page and BA/Masters’ applicants should refer to the BA/Masters’ page.

Which application service do I use?

Students applying to the following programs should apply via the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS):

  • Doctoral Programs
  • Masters’ Programs
  • Residency Programs

Students applying to the following programs should apply via SOPHAS Express:

Students applying to a Postdoctoral Fellowship should use the Bloomberg School Application.

The following FAQs are appropriate only for applicants using SOPHAS. SOPHAS Express applicants should refer to the webpages hyper linked above.


I'm a recent undergrad with no work experience. What are my options?

The Schoolwide MPH and DrPH are the only programs that require work experience. While public health work experience enhances any application, all ten other graduate degrees are options for those that do not have two years of work experience. Also available are combined degree options, certificates, and other non-degree opportunities.

What do I need to submit with my application?

Application deadlines and test score requirements vary by department, degree and sometimes concentration. In general, degree applicants need to submit official transcriptsstandardized test scoresEnglish proficiency test scores (if applicable), three letters of recommendation, resume and a personal statement.

International applicants and applicants with international academic records may have additional requirements to fulfill.


What standardized tests do I need to take?

Generally, all applicants are required to submit an official standardized test score. The GRE is the most universally accepted. Some programs within the Bloomberg School will accept alternate scores (MCAT, LSAT or GMAT). Once you decide on a degree program, review the standardized test score chart to determine the appropriate test.

Keep in mind, test results can take up to five weeks to reach SOPHAS. So please plan to take the appropriate test well in advance of any application deadlines.


Do I need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores with my application?

International students from countries where English is not the official language must submit the scores of an English language proficiency test. The Bloomberg School will accept either TOEFL or IELTS scores to fulfill this requirement. Details regarding this requirement and possible exemptions may be found on the international applicant page.


Does it cost anything to apply?

The SOPHAS application fee is $135 USD for the first designated school and $50 USD for each additional school.

Can I request an application fee waiver?

All fee waivers are processed through SOPHAS. Qualifications are listed on their website. Please note that there are a limited number of fee waivers available.

Can I apply to more than one degree program at once?

The Bloomberg School recommends that you take your time researching our offerings and focus on the program that best suits your goals and interests. You may, however, apply to more than one program and/or concentration. If you apply to more than one, it is strongly encouraged you apply to no more than three programs.

Please be aware you will be required to pay separate application fees for each program to which you apply. You will also want to submit separate personal statements explaining your interest in that specific program.

I went to an institution located in the United States or English Speaking Canada. How do I send my transcript?

All official transcripts should be sent directly to SOPHAS. Please be sure to list your schools in the “Colleges Attended” section prior to requesting the transcript be sent from the registrar’s office at the school and use the SOPHAS Transcript Request Form.

SOPHAS accepts both electronic and paper official transcripts. For additional information concerning transcripts, please refer to the SOPHAS website.

SOPHAS Mailing Address:
SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471


I went to an institution outside of the United States and English Speaking Canada. How do I send you my transcript?

Regardless of your citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States or English speaking Canada, you must have your academic records evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc (WES). SOPHAS will not accept any foreign transcripts. More information may be found on the international applicant page and on SOPHAS’s website.

All course evaluations should be sent to SOPHAS, not the Bloomberg School of Public Health. SOPHAS strongly encourages applicants to first create the SOPHAS application. Once you have your 10 digit SOPHAS ID, you are able to use the WES-SOPHAS application form.

I went to multiple institutions, do I have to send transcripts from each school or just where I received my degree?

Johns Hopkins University and SOPHAS require transcripts from each and every university attended, regardless of the number of credits earned or if the grades appear on your home institution's transcript.

I am a U.S.-based student who studied abroad. Do I need to submit documentation from my study abroad school?

SOPHAS will not accept any foreign or French Canadian transcripts. How you completed your Study Abroad will determine how you report the academic history. As SOPHAS updates its policy frequently, please refer to their instructions found here.

I attended the Bloomberg School in the past and am now applying to another degree program. Do I need to order official JHSPH transcripts for my new application?

Yes. You will need to use the SOPHAS Transcript request form to request a JHSPH transcript be sent to SOPHAS.

After I apply, how can I check the status of my application?

After you submit your application, you will receive an e-mail from Admissions Services with a link to your personal page. There you will be able to monitor your application and status throughout the entire application process.

What is the difference between the application status of “Verified” and “Complete for Review?”

SOPHAS has a “complete” status which means that your application may meet the SOPHAS requirements for admission – paid application fee, 2 letters of recommendation, and domestic transcripts. SOPHAS will then “verify” your application at which point they will check the information that you entered for your domestic transcripts.

Applications are considered complete for review once all of the materials for the program you are applying to have been received and the application is verified by SOPHAS. Your application can be verified by SOPHAS without all of the Bloomberg Schools requirements being met. In addition to the 2 Letters of Recommendation and transcripts (for domestic applicants) that SOPHAS requires for verification, the Bloomberg School will typically require test scores, an additional letter of recommendation, and (for international applicants) your credential evaluation.

I haven't heard anything about my application. When will they make a decision?

After you submit your application and all the required materials are received and processed, your application will be marked complete and sent to the appropriate admissions review committee. The time it takes for the committee to make a decision varies depending on the department and program. You will be notified when a decision is reached.

I don't want to apply to a full degree program. Can I just take a few classes?

The Bloomberg School allows individuals to take one or two classes as a non-degree seeking student. This is known as a "Special Student Limited." The Office of Student Accounts and Business Services handles the application for non-degree seeking students.

I'm a past applicant and am now applying to another school. Could you send my transcripts and test scores to that admissions office?

All application materials submitted to the Bloomberg School become the property of the school. We cannot return material to an applicant or forward any materials outside the school.

How much is tuition?

Tuition and fees are administered by the Office of Student Accounts and Business ServicesTuition can change from year to year. Current rates and potential fees (including the application fee, matriculation fee, activity fee and possible proctoring fees) are posted on our website.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, the Bloomberg School awards several competitive, merit-based scholarships to accepted students who are pursuing a full-time program. Be sure to review the scholarships page for more information.

Do you offer financial aid?

The Financial Aid Office at the Bloomberg School provides assistance with federal and private loans and the Federal Work-Study Program. For more information, be sure to visit the Financial Aid Office.

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