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The Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH program (BAM) is only for current Mason undergraduates of any major. Students must be highly qualified and highly motivated.
Students may apply to the program once they have earned at least 60 credits and have taken the following courses:
- GCH 300
- ENGH 302 (waived for Honors College students)
- Mason Core quantitative reasoning course
Students should have a 3.25 GPA or higher to apply.
We encourage any students who are not eligible for the Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH to apply to the MPH program through the traditional application.
Benefits of the Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH Program
- No application fee.
- Lower tuition by taking up to 6 graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate.
- Complete degree requirements by double-counting certain courses for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Meet with your undergraduate advisor to determine eligibility for the Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH program. You may want to discuss:
- What MPH concentration you want to apply to.
- Your public health career goals.
- Your eligibility for the program, including:
- GPA of at least 3.25
- If you’ve taken at least 60 credits, including the prerequisite courses.
- Statement of Purpose and Objective
The statement of purpose and objectives is your opportunity to speak directly to the faculty reviewers of the Accelerated MPH program at George Mason University. Please clearly and directly address the following:
- Why are you applying to the Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH program, and the concentration you chose?
- How will earning an MPH help you achieve your professional goals?
- What have you learned from successes and/or challenges in your past educational, professional, and/or personal experiences? Please use specific examples, as applicable.
Statements should be no more than 2 pages.
- Two Letters of Recommendation
The accelerated MPH application requires two letters of recommendation.
- Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH applicants must have one letter of recommendation from a GCH faculty member.
- The second letter of recommendation can be from a faculty member of any department (including GCH). An employer may provide a recommendation if the student has had significant public health related experience.
- We do not recommend including recommendations from non-public health related work supervisors or community members.
Once admitted and successful completion of 75 approved undergraduate credits, Bachelor’s/Accelerated MPH students may complete up to 18 credits (6 courses) of approved graduate coursework toward the MPH in one of two categories.
- Advanced Standing: Credits can apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Classes taken in Advanced Standing must earn a minimum grade of B to count toward the graduate degree.
- Twelve credits (4 courses) are allowed as Advanced Standing. This document lists approved Advanced Standing courses.
- Reserve Credit: Reserve credit is earned when a student takes a graduate-level course while still an undergraduate but the course does not count toward undergraduate degree requirements, only the graduate degree requirements.
- Six credits (2 courses) are allowed as Reserve Credit.
- Students in Senior-Plus status may take any 500- or 600-level course required by the MPH program for Reserve Credit.
Note: A student must take a minimum of 3 credits (1 course) in either Advanced Standing OR Reserve Credit to be allowed to transition into the MPH program.
Completing Undergraduate Requirements
Once a student applies to graduate with their undergraduate degree, they must:
- Complete the BAM Transition Form (can be downloaded from this webpage).
The student must initiate the completion of this form with their undergraduate advisor.
- Accept the offer of admission through the Admissions Dashboard.
This is done after the BAM Transition form is fully processed. Most students begin the MPH program immediately following graduation from their undergraduate degree. If needed, a one-semester deferral may be permitted.
For more information:
AP.6.7 Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Degrees in the University Catalog
Accelerated Master’s Degree information through the Office of Admissions
Careers in Public Health
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