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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!

question markWe’re overdue for a new installment in our blog series, “What You’re Asking!”

Let me remind you how the series works. Each month, I scope out emails sent to and tally the most frequently asked questions. I then answer a couple of the most popular questions here on this blog.

This month, instead of pulling the most asked questions from our email account, I’m going to answer here the top questions asked at the SOPHAS Virtual Fair last week.

Could you answer my question regarding curriculum/student profile/research opportunities for the MHS in Epidemiology/MSPH in International Health/PhD in Mental Health/Schoolwide MPH/my specific program of interest?

As you may know – or guess from the sample question above – the Bloomberg School offers a number of public health degrees. Nine, to be exact. And while we in admissions pride ourselves with our Bloomberg School knowledge, it just isn’t possible to know everything.

For that reason, once you’ve narrowed your interests to a program or two, we encourage you to contact the appropriate academic coordinator. These individuals can help answer specific questions as well as connect prospective students with faculty, current students and other program specific resources. Each department has at least one coordinator and their contact information is typically listed on the department’s website or you may email us for help.

Can I have my TOEFL scores waived?

Admission Services will only waive the English language proficiency test requirement (TOEFL or IELTS) if a student has completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution OR if a student is from a country listed on our quick reference list.

It’s possible your program of interest would be willing to waive the English language proficiency test, but there are no guarantees. You’re welcome to contact them directly to inquire further.

Please let us know if you need help locating a contact.

Is experience required for your degree programs?

While public health experience can almost always help an application, only a few of our programs absolutely require it.

For example, our Schoolwide Master of Public Health requires two years of post-baccalaureate, full-time, health-related work experience of all applicants who have not earned a public health related doctoral degree.

The Bloomberg School offers five other public health master’s degrees. For the most part, these departmental degrees (the MHA, MHS, MPP, MSPH, and ScM) do not require work experience. They offer an alternative for students desiring more focused skills and/or for less experienced students.

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 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
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 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 .

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.

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

A quick recap:  I scope out emails sent to 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 and 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!