MPH Admissions

Admissions Timeline

Application Opens
September 1
Application Closes
December 1
Review Begins
December 2
Decisions Conveyed 
March 1

How to Apply

All applicants apply online through the UW Graduate School Admissions Website. On the site, applicants set up a profile and submit an online application and fee to the UW Graduate School. All materials are submitted electronically. (Note: The University of Washington does not participate in SOPHAS.)

**Please do not begin an application prior to September 1. An application begun early may be incomplete.**

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Criteria for Admission

The Department of Global Health recruits students who wish to pursue a long-term career in global public health, whether in ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, or the private sector. The admissions committee considers any and all indicators of future success, including: past work, service, and research experience; the level of enthusiasm and detail in letters of recommendation; previous academic records and performance on standardized tests; a written statement of purpose; and the ability to discuss research or practice work and future goals. By considering all variables, the committee is able to select students who will succeed in a challenging interdisciplinary program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the USA or its equivalent from a foreign institution. 
  • Work experience: Each MPH track has requirements regarding experience, which should be read carefully prior to applying.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to the field of global health.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores: GRE scores (General test only) are required unless an applicant holds a doctoral level degree (PhD, JD, DDS, MD or other doctoral degree) from an accredited United States institution. Applicants to the MD-MPH or HME tracks ONLY may submit MCAT scores in lieu of GREs.
  • English proficiency: For students who have not completed a degree in an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required. For further details, see the Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

For questions regarding admissions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and/or plan to attend one of the regularly offered MPH Information Sessions.

Application Instructions
The online application is fairly self-explanatory, but for step-by-step instructions please refer to the
Application Overview.

International applicants, WWAMI MD students, and other concurrent degree applicants should also refer to the specific instructions below: