College of Health and Human Services
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Graduate Admissions

Admission to our graduate programs (MPH, MS-Global Health) is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on several criteria, including overall undergraduate performance, any post-baccalaureate coursework, the GRE general examination score, career goals, and the quality of academic and professional recommendations.

Several courses in our program assume students have a solid foundation in statistics and social and behavioral sciences. If you have not taken courses in these subjects, did not perform as well in them as you would have liked, or just need a refresher, we suggest taking them at the undergraduate or community college level before applying to our graduate program. 

Application Process

All graduate programs within the Department of Global and Community Health (MPH, MS, and certificate) use the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS). SOPHAS is an online application system where prospective public health graduate students can apply to multiple accredited schools.

Application requirements to be uploaded to SOPHAS:

  • Official U.S./Canadian transcripts from all schools attended
  • C.V./Resume
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • GRE: send scores to SOPHAS using code 1236
    • Note: the GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. 
    • The GRE is not required for the certificate in public health.

International students should review the international student requirements.

Submit all forms directly to SOPHAS. No supporting documents are accepted at Mason’s admissions office.

Minimum Scores

While there are no minimum score requirements, the typical student admitted to the graduate degree programs has a GPA above 3.0 and has GRE scores of 151 on the quantitative reasoning section, 152 on the verbal reasoning section, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.  Applicants' scores are expected to be competitive with these averages, although meeting these standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Proficiency in English is required for all non-native English speakers regardless of current residence. Applicants who hold a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or recognized university in Canada (excluding Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand have demonstrated English proficiency.  All other applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission. The TOEFL, Pearson Test of English, or IELTS exams can be used to meet this requirement. The TOEFL minimum score is an 88, but you must score at least 20 in each category.

Application Deadline

MPH and MS students are admitted only once each academic year, for entrance in the fall. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by March 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the deadline until all spots are filled.

Certificate students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than by November 1 (for spring) or March 1 (for fall).

Tuition Classification

In-state tuition rates are afforded to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who claim entitlement according to the Code of Virginia, Section 23-7.4, including applicants who may be in approved DACA status. Please review the code if you think you are eligible for in-state tuition.

The cost for the online MPH/Public Health Practice concentration is the same for Virginia residents and non-Virginia residents. Visit Mason Online for details.