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I'm a recent undergrad and don't have any work experience. What are my options?
The Bloomberg School offers nine graduate degrees that run the gamut in terms of time commitment and application requirements. Not all degrees require prior work experience. Review the website and Academic Prospectus for your full list of options.
What standardized tests do I need to take?
Most of our degree programs require GRE scores as part of the application process. Some - not all - will accept alternative test scores (MCAT, LSAT or GMAT). Once you decide on a degree program, review the application requirements to determine which standardized test you need to take. Keep in mind the results of your standardized tests can be used for scholarship consideration. Also keep in mind that results sometimes take up to five weeks to reach Admissions Services.
What institution code should I enter when requesting scores from ETS? Do I need a department code?
ETS is the institution administering the GRE and TOEFL. When ordering scores from ETS, be sure to enter the Bloomberg School institution code of 5352. No department code is needed.
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.
I went to an institution located in the United States. How do I send you my transcript?
Contact your previous institution and request they send your official transcript directly to the Bloomberg School's admissions office. If they send your transcript to you instead, don't open it! Place your sealed documents in another envelope and mail them to Admissions Services, JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E1002, Baltimore, Maryland 21205.
I went to an institution outside of the United States. 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, you must have your academic records evaluated by an external U.S.-based credentials evaluation agency. The agency you choose must include a copy of your transcripts or marks sheet in its credentialing report. More information may be found on the international applicant page.
I went to multiple institutions, do I have to send transcripts from each school or just where I received my degree?
Johns Hopkins University requires 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?
This is the exception to the If you are a domestic student and your courses, grades and credits from your study abroad program appear on your home school's official transcript, you do not need to submit a transcript from your study abroad institution. If this information does not appear on your home school transcript, please see the additional instructions on the international applicant page.
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?
No. If you were previously a student at the Bloomberg School, you need not order formal official transcripts. If you list the Bloomberg School in the "Academic History" of your application, our staff will pull your records from ISIS.
Please note, our office does not have access to transcript information from other schools within Johns Hopkins University. If you attended any other Hopkins' school, you will need to request official transcripts and have them sent to us.
Does it cost anything to apply?
The application fee is $45 per application and is non-refundable. Applications cannot be processed until payment is received.
Can I request an application fee waiver?
You may request an application fee waiver if you meet one of the following criteria.
- You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident currently enrolled full-time in an academic institution and can provide documentation from the financial aid officer of your school showing major financial hardship
- You are currently registered as a full-time degree candidate at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
- You are currently affiliated with the Leadership Alliance Early Identification Program and can provide documentation;
- You are currently affiliated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars and can provide documentation;
- You are currently affiliated with the McNair Scholars and can provide documentation;
- You are currently affiliated with the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and related programs (MBRS/RISE) and can provide documentation;
- You are currently affiliated with the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science and can provide documentation;
- You are currently affiliated with the Meyerhoff Scholars, UMBC and can provide documentation;
- You are currently affiliated with Project 1000 and can provide documentation;
- You are a participant in the Johns Hopkins Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP).
How do I submit my fee waiver request?
Please submit your written fee waiver request with appropriate documentation (proof of major financial hardship or membership in one of the qualifying programs) to:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E1002
Baltimore, MD 21205
Please note: application fees paid by those who qualify for a waiver will not be refunded. Waivers are only valid for one application. Applications received without a fee or fee waiver request will not be processed. The processing time for an application fee waiver is about two weeks.
Can I apply to more than one degree program at once?
The Bloomberg School recommends that you focus on the program that best suits your goals and interests, but you are welcome to apply to more than one if you want. To apply to more than one program, you must create a separate online application and pay separate application fees for each. You do not need to submit duplicate copies of supporting materials (e.g., transcripts, standardized test scores or letters of recommendation). However, you should submit separate personal statements explaining your varying interests.
If you apply to more than one program, you must also answer "Yes" to the question that reads, "Have you applied to JHSPH previously?" on the online application. Enter the appropriate academic year.
After I apply, how can I check the status of my application?
You can monitor the status of your Bloomberg School application by logging into your online application account. Keep in mind, Admission Services receives hundreds of applications every day and it might take up to two weeks to process your materials and post them to your online account.
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 offers an option 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 am interested in a certificate program at the Bloomberg School. How do I apply?
The application process for Bloomberg School certificates varies depending on the sponsoring department. For the most up-to-date information regarding a certificate program, you will need to visit that program's webpage.
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.
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, veteran's benefits like the GI Bill, and the Federal Work-Study Program. For more information, be sure to visit the Financial Aid Office.
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