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Earlier this week, I posted a reminder about upcoming deadlines. Did you notice anything new?

We have a new degree program!

Master of Bioethics

The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Bloomberg School are working together to offer a Master of Bioethics or MBE.

The MBE is an interdisciplinary, cross-divisional graduate program preparing students from diverse individual and professional backgrounds for the bioethics challenges of professional and civic life.

Full- and part-time formats are available.

More information, including contacts, sample curriculum and application may be found online.

The MBE program is accepting applications for fall 2015 NOW!

(July 1 application deadline)

Deadline AlertWhile many of our deadlines have passed, we still have programs accepting applications!

Application deadlines vary by program: know your program, its applicationrequirements and deadline.

FEBRUARY 15

The Bloomberg School Application and supporting materials for the following program is due:

MARCH 1

The Bloomberg School Application and supporting materials for the following programs are due:

Remember: school policy is that your online application and supporting materials (official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) must be submitted by the application deadline.  

Some of our programs (NOT ALL) are willing to review applications completed soon after the deadline.  However, once the deadline has passed, Admissions Services can no longer guarantee an admissions review.  Submitting materials after the deadline may also hurt your chances of funding through the department. 

Don’t take that chance – apply early!

purseOnce the application for admission is submitted, most applicants turn their focus to funding.

It’s important to note that “funding” and “financial aid” can mean many things: scholarships, grants, loans. These are all managed by different offices at the Bloomberg School.

Most institutional scholarships are granted through the academic departments. Typically, there is no separate application. Your application for admission is also reviewed for scholarship eligibility.

The Financial Aid Office provides help with federal and private loans and the Federal Work-Study Program. Admitted students will receive an email with instructions for applying through the School for federal aid.

Tuition and fees are administered by the Office of Student Accounts. Tuition amounts often change from year to year. The most up-to-date tuition information is on the website.

The School is able to fund many of its students, however, there are always those in need of additional funding. The Office of Academic Affairs has developed a for students looking for external funding. Definitely take a look!

Blog HousekeepingA new year brings new reminders of ongoing policies.

Our Comment Policy

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A General Reminder

We hope you find the information on our blog useful and maybe even a little entertaining, but remember that policies change over time. Make sure your information is from a current post. To help with this, notice that all deadline reminders and application tips for the current admissions cycle are tagged “2015-2016 cycle.”

If you’re ever in doubt, the latest deadlinesrequirements and policies will always be found on our regular website. If you still have questions, you may always contact us.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting on the Admissions Blog!

young man writing his personal statementI’ve mentioned before, public health admissions is based on fit. Test scores and grades are important, but so are effective writing skills, research interests, and future goals.

Where can you show off the last three?

Your Personal Statement

All Bloomberg School degree applicants are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application.

Departmental Master’s and Doctoral Applicants
If you’re applying to a departmental master’s or doctoral degree, upload your statement to the Bloomberg Application. The application will accept a number of file formats including .doc, .wpd, .pdf, and .txt.

There are no formal word-count or formatting requirements, but we encourage you to use a legible font (Arial, Helvetica, Times Roman, etc. at 11-12 pts) and double-space. Be concise – two to three pages (no more than three).


If you’re through SOPHAS, compose your statement in a text only processor (e.g. Notepad). When you have a final version, cut and paste your statement to SOPHAS. Additional instructions may be found within the application.

SOPHAS limits statements to 18,000 characters. We ask you to be more concise - two to three pages (no more than three).

What Should You Address?

Most of our departments do not conduct interviews, so your personal statement is your chance to tell your story.

Explain why the program you selected is a good fit and how the Bloomberg School will help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Don’t just list your experience and education – that’s what your resume and transcripts are for - but highlight those experiences (in the classroom and out) that made you passionate about public health.

Maybe most important: share your hopes and aspirations within the field. What are your goals? Where do you see this degree taking you?

Take your time, proof read and provide your reviewers an accurate picture of yourself and how you plan to Protect Health, Save Lives--Millions at a Time.