Admission Requirements – Master of Public Health


The Master of Public Health program offers a rigorous curriculum that attracts dedicated and ambitious professionals with a passion to serve in the public health arena. The program’s core coursework aims to develop key public health competencies and skills using cases and examples from industry, ranging from local to global.

Learn more about applying to the on-campus MPH program. Information about applying to the Online MPH Program can be found here.

Application Deadlines


Priority: December 1st
Final: April 1st


October 1st


March 1st

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Public Health program should satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. Applicants not meeting Graduate School requirements for regular standing may, with approval of the Graduate School, be conditionally admitted to select programs.

The GRE is not required.

A Bachelor’s degree and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Official transcripts must be received from each accredited college or university attended.

A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation

ALL letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic. Letters from peer colleagues or friends will not be accepted.

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose and Objectives should be approximately 2-3 pages addressing both of the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing the MPH degree at the University of Southern California?
  2. How will an MPH degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals?
Curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume

How to Apply

Apply to the program via SOPHAS

Prepare to apply by gathering all materials and information to complete your online application. These materials include personal statement, resume/CV, recommender’s information, personal, financial and education information.

Create a SOPHAS account and complete all parts of the online application.

Pay application fee.

Submit official transcripts - see instructions at links below.

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