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Standardized Test Scores

Most applicants are required to submit an official standardized test score as part of their application. Different programs within the Bloomberg School accept different scores to fulfill this requirement.

The GRE is the most universally accepted.

Due to the CoVid-19 Pandemic, standardized test scores for applications to the 2021-2022 academic year are optional for all programs EXCEPT the DrPH, Residency programs, and the MHS and PhD in Graduate Training Programs in Clinical Investigation. The admissions committees will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but inclusion of a good score may improve the application package of a candidate with deficiencies in some areas. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.

Know your program's requirements

See our Standardized Test Score Chart to learn which test score is acceptable to your program of interest.

How to submit your scores

We strongly encourage candidates to take standardized tests as early as possible to ensure their scores are received by the application deadline.


The SOPHAS code for the Bloomberg School of Public Health is 3738.


When filling out your application, self-report your MCAT scores and include your AAMC ID#. Then have AAMC electronically send the scores to SOPHAS. Your name, date of birth and AAMC ID# must match or your scores will not automatically post to your account.


GMAT scores for those programs accepting it may be submitted electronically to JHSPH using the school code KGB-3R-06.


LSAT scores are submitted to JHSPH. In order to submit an official score, you should request an official copy from LSAC be sent to your home address. When it arrives, don't open it! Place the unopened report in an envelope and send to Admissions Services, JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Suite E1002, Baltimore, MD 21205. If LSAC will not send official scores, we will accept an unofficial score report. Please email the unofficial score report to Admissions Services at

Please note: USMLE scores may be submitted as additional documentation, but will not replace the standardized test score required by admissions.

Averages, Minimums and What Makes a Competitive Application

Test scores and other admissions statistics vary greatly by department, program, degree track and admissions cycle. For this reason, Admission Services doesn't track these numbers or provide average/minimum test scores or GPAs. From our perspective, all components of the application (resume, statement of purpose, transcripts, test scores, etc.) are taken into consideration when reviewing a candidate's application for admission.

That said, the departments and programs have their own admissions review committees. You may wish to contact your department of interest for a better idea of what makes a competitive application.