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Who May Apply
The accelerated MPH program is only for current Mason undergraduates of any major. Students must be highly qualified and highly motivated. Admitted accelerated MPH students typically have undergraduate GPAs above 3.5.
Benefits of the accelerated MPH program
- No application fee
- GRE not required
- Complete MPH degree in a shorter amount of time (typically one semester shorter)
When to Apply
Students interested in the accelerated MPH program should discuss their options with their undergraduate advisor. We highly recommend that all students, regardless of major, also make an appointment to meet with Mr. Brian Gillette in the Department of Global and Community Health to discuss their interest in the program before submitting an application.
Students are eligible to apply when they:
- Have between 75 and 90 credits, at least 24 of which were completed at Mason
- Have taken the following courses at Mason:
- ENGH 302
- GCH 300
- GCH 335 or BIO 214 or PSYC 300 or SOC 313 or another statistics course
How to Apply
The accelerated MPH application must include:
- 750-1000 word goals statement
- 2 letters of recommendation
- Unofficial transcript
Students must select an MPH concentration in the application.
The accelerated MPH program application is administered through the Office of Graduate Admissions (OGA). Visit the OGA webpage for additional instructions.
For Admitted Accelerated Students
Students admitted to the accelerated MPH program can start with up to 12 credits earned while undergraduates: six graduate credits to their undergraduate degrees, and an additional six graduate credits to be held for reserve graduate credit (apply only to the graduate degree).
Admitted accelerated students may complete up to four of the following courses:
- GCH 500 – Foundations in Public Health
- GCH 604 – Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- GCH 609 – Community Assessment and Partnerships
- GCH 645 – U.S. and Global Public Health Systems
Accelerated students must maintain a minimum 3.0 in all graduate courses and in coursework applied to their major. View the MPH Program of Study.
In the beginning of the semester in which the student will complete his/her undergraduate degree, a BAM Transition form must be submitted. Once the form is processed, the student must formally accept or decline the offer of admission in the Admissions Dashboard.
Department Point of Contact
Public health is a very broad field and graduates of the George Mason University MPH Program pursue career opportunities in a wide variety of employment settings.
Recent graduates of the MPH work in the following locations:
- Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- FHI 360
- Local Health Departments (e.g., Fairfax, Prince William, Alexandria, Prince George’s)
- Neighborhood Health
- George Mason University
- Virginia Department of Health
Recent graduates of the MPH have the following job titles:
- Clinical Research Manager
- Community Health Educator
- Environmental Health Specialist
- HIV Prevention Supervisor
- Maternal/Child Health Program Specialist
- Oral Health Coordinator
- Youth Advocacy Program Associate
Meet an alumna of the MPH Program (keep link)