Applying for Admission

The MPH is now accepting Fall 2019 admissions applications!

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Fall 2019 Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: December 3, 2018

Standard Deadline: February 4, 2019

Extended Deadline: March 4, 2019

Admissions Requirements

Eligible Bachelor’s degree students will have a GPA of at least 3.3 in their major (upper division courses only) and a 3.0 overall GPA. Students must have adequate preparation in a field related to public health, and show potential to undertake advanced study, research, and practical training as evidenced by GRE test scores (other academic scores may be appropriate for certain applicants, or the requirement may be waived for students with previous graduate or professional degrees from U.S. accredited institutions), previous experience, and past academic performance.


  • GRE scores will be required for applicants who have bachelor’s degrees, but not post-graduate degrees.
  • MCAT scores can be used in place of GRE scores.
  • Neither GRE nor MCAT scores will be required for applicants with prior graduate degrees (e.g., MS, PhD, MD, DDS) from accredited U.S. institutions.

International students must meet minimum criteria on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

Other application requirements include:

  • A statement of purpose (approximately 1500 words) that addresses all of the following:
    • Why you are interested in the UC San Diego Master of Public Health program, your strengths that you would bring to the program, and those areas in which you would like to increase your expertise.
  • Transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if applicant is admitted into the program. Transcripts not in English will require certified translation at the applicant’s expense).
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two of these letters should be from academic sources--i.e. faculty or PIs--who can speak to your academic capabilities)

Strong preference will be given to students with at least one year of practical experience in the field, including field experience within an academic program.