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Question Mark - What You're AskingIn this (mostly) monthly series, I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer the most popular questions here on the blog.

The most common questions this month were very similar to those from last month. Because so many are still asking, the first question below is a repeat.

When will I learn my admissions decision?

The length of an admissions review varies based on your department, your program, the number of applications received, the time of year submitted, etc. Each of our academic departments and the MPH program office have their own admissions review committee (sometimes more than one). These committees meet at different times and with varying levels of frequency. 

It typically takes eight to ten weeks for a committee to reach an admissions decision, but in a few cases, it can take longer. 

Why don’t I see my program of interest as a choice in the application?

First, make sure you’re using the correct application. Our School uses two and it’s dependent on your program.

Second, check the application deadline. If you don’t see your program of interest as an option and the deadline has passed, it’s likely that your program is no longer accepting applications.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year will open September 2015.

More Questions?

Please feel free to contact us at

And don’t forget to take our survey regarding the Academic Prospectus!

As you may have noticed, our mantra this application cycle is
Know Your Program!

To some, that sounds silly. Maybe even juvenile. Of course you know your program!

But here’s the thing--not everyone does.

We offer more degrees from more departments than any other school of public health. It’s wonderful! There are so many opportunities! But it’s also a little confusing.

A handful of people apply to the wrong program every year. In the past we were often able to help them, but things are different this year.

Our Master of Public Health now uses a separate application from our eight other public health degrees. And while the MPH is an amazing program, nor is it always the best fit. If you apply to the MPH by mistake, we won’t be able to fix it on the backend.

So, please ask questions. Review our website. Read the Prospectus. Come to Open House. Follow this blog.


SleuthI love a good mystery. Sherlock Holmes, Maisie Dobbs, Hercule Poirot are all dear friends of mine.  They’re also my competitors, because my favorite thing about mysteries is trying to solve the puzzle before the hero (or heroine).

So imagine the pleasure I get by solving this mystery for you. . .

I submitted all the required materials. I see them applied to my online application. My application is under review, so why is it still “incomplete?”

This seemingly contradictory notation generally appears in applications of those currently completing coursework or a degree. Your school likely sent us an “in progress” transcript showing your coursework to date.

While this “in progress” transcript is typically sufficient for our admissions review, it will not fulfill the University’s final transcript requirement.  If you are admitted and before you begin classes at the School of Public Health, you will need to provide an official final transcript showing your newly completed courses and the grades you earned.

As long as the (letters of recommendation, test scores, transcripts, etc.) have been fulfilled and your application is under review, there is nothing more to do until you receive your decision.

One final, important note in the solving of this mystery: admitted students who do not provide final documentation may not be able to register for classes or receive federal funding.  

That sounds scary, but if you pay attention to communication from us, monitor your online application and follow this blog, it’s elementary!

question markDo you have a question about our application process/requirements/

Do you need an answer now?

Perhaps the following questions and answers using past posts will help.

How do I apply to the Bloomberg School?

Do I really need to submit a standardized test score?

Will you waive your TOEFL requirement for me?

Who should provide my letters of recommendation and how should they do it?

Can you provide any guidance regarding the personal statement?

I previously applied to the Bloomberg School. How do I apply again?

What is the status of my submitted materials?

Is it John or Johns Hopkins?

Stacks of applications

Thanksgiving weekend is an exciting time in admissions: not just for family and turkey, but for the December 1 deadline!

December 1 is the first of our big and it doesn’t disappoint. The above is just a portion of the applications we received!

Besides processing your applications and supporting materials, we’re also doing our best to address your many questions.

The most common question we’ve received is:

Have you received my transcripts/test scores/letters of recommendation/etc.?

If your application is submitted, the easiest way for you to check your materials is to log back into your online application

If you JUST submitted, you may want to give it a few days. It’s very likely your application is being processed as I write, your supporting materials pulled from holding files and passed from desk to desk as documents are checked and logged into the system.

Our admissions staff works hard to process materials as quickly and accurately as possible, but we do ask for your patience.  It may take up to two weeks to process your materials and post them to your online account. 

We do our best to contact you if we have any problems or are missing components from your file, but in the end, it’s your responsibility to make sure we’ve received everything. We can’t encourage you enough to regularly log in and check your application.

If you haven’t submitted your application, any materials we receive will be placed in a holding file. Each year, hundreds of people begin applications and/or submit materials, but never formally apply. Because of this volume, we don’t process supporting documents until your application is submitted and the application fee paid.

It’s yet another reason to submit early. If you wait until the last minute, there may not be time to resolve any potential issues.

For more information, see “Welcoming the Flood” and “Our Process – Part 2: What Happens When I Click Submit?”

Best wishes to you and your application!