How To Apply
For an application to be considered complete, the following application materials must be submitted by the applicable deadline:
Resume or CV
Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended
Three letters of recommendation
Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years. The GRE must be taken again if your GRE scores are older than 5 years. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU CGPH (8752) Please see below note on GRE waivers.
TOEFL scores from all applicants whose native language is not English and who did not receive the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction. Applicants holding or completing only a graduate or professional degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are still required to submit a TOEFL score unless the graduate program was four or more years in duration. When ordering test reports from ETS, you must include the proper institution code for the NYU MPH (8752).
All official transcripts should be addressed to:
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111
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- IMPORTANT NOTE FOR DUAL DEGREE APPLICANTS
All dual degree applicants are required to submit separate applications to both the MPH program and the partner program that participates in the dual degree you wish to apply to. You may find links to applications to those partners programs on the individual dual degree pages:
- SPECIAL NOTE ON GRE WAIVERS
Applicants who already hold an advanced graduate or professional degree are not required to submit a GRE score as part of their application unless they are applying to the Epidemiology concentration. Examples of degrees that meet this requirement are MA, MS, MSc, MEd, MD, MBBS, MSW, MPA, MPhil, BDS, DDS, PharmD, EdD, PhD. This list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if your graduate or professional degree qualifies you for a GRE waiver, please contact us at email@example.com and we will let you know. GRE is waived only for students holding these degrees; they are not waived in any other circumstances.
- Application Tips
Apply early. ALL MATERIALS should arrive at SOPHAS at least four weeks prior to your earliest deadline. It can take up to 10 business days for items such as transcripts or money order payments to be marked as received by SOPHAS from the date they are mailed, and it can take up to FOUR WEEKS for your completed application to be processed and mailed to GPH. Submitting your materials early helps ensure timely processing and avoids costly delays.
Don’t wait for supplemental materials to submit your application. Do not wait for your standardized test scores, recommendations or other documents to be received by SOPHAS before submitting your application. Submit your application as soon as you have entered all required information; we may wish to begin processing your application right away and will add documents, recommendations and test scores as they are received.
Do not send any copies of application documents, as they will not be accepted as part of your application. SOPHAS will not accept faxes, photocopies, or unofficial documents. Notify your registrar that you need an official copy sent to SOPHAS; a request form can be found in the application’s Colleges and Universities section.
After you have submitted your application, use the SOPHAS application system to check the status of your application instead of calling or emailing the admissions office. You can ensure all required documents are received and your application is being processed in the “My Status” section of SOPHAS. Check your status often until you application is complete.
Please note that during certain times of year, due to extremely heavy inquiry volume it may take up to 1-2 weeks for email or phone inquiries to GPH’s admissions office to be responded to.
How Are Applications Reviewed?
The review process for the MPH program is comprehensive and holistic, taking into account all factors and experiences in a prospective student’s application. Our review of applications examines the following characteristics.
Transcripts: A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university, with no previous work and/or research experience required. Reviewers consider the overall GPA, as well as the academic rigor of the academic institution and any changes or improvements in academic performance.
Test scores: We prefer to see scores that are at a minimum of 50% percentile; test scores are particularly important when an applicant has a weaker academic record.
We are interested in admitting candidates who have the potential to be global public health leaders. Evidence of leadership (during you educational experiences and outside) includes:
- Work as a Reviewer/Editor of any publications
- Personal Statement
The personal statement is given considerable weight in the admissions process. We expect thoughtful and reflective answers and invite applicants to take this opportunity to creatively and honestly communicate their own engagement with global public health and interest in graduate study at NYU. Factors include:
Writing Ability: writing style, spelling, grammar, and conciseness
Substance: More compelling personal statements demonstrate how the student would benefit from the NYU MPH and that the applicant already has a sophisticated understanding of the field in which you are currently working or intend to work.
Congruence with Program Goals: Show an understanding of the degree and describe how the program’s mission and goals will help you achieve your professional and/or academic pursuits.
Ability to Follow Directions: The substance of each question in the prompt should be addressed either directly or indirectly somewhere in the statement.
Each of your three references should include a recommendation form and an accompanying letter of recommendation. Applicants who are currently students applying for a joint degree program, or who have graduated within the past three years must submit at least one academic reference. Other references should be from professional contacts, not friends or peers. Reviewers consider the following:
Strength of Recommendation: Recommendations should discuss/evaluate the applicants’ academic and/or professional qualifications and potential for success
Credential of Recommender: Is the writer a supervisor, senior professor, etc? Is the person qualified to make the recommendation?
Comparison to Others: how the recommender evaluated the applicant against others s/he has taught or supervised
Consistency: Recommendations that vary substantially in their overall evaluation may not show clear evidence of the applicant’s potential.
- Work Experience
Applicants are asked to include their most recent resume or curriculum vitae so we may consider the following factors:
Public Health Experience: Does the applicant have prior work experience in public health or a related field and in particular, public health issues?
International Experience: Has the applicant worked internationally and/or in the US on international issues? Does the applicant show evidence of cultural competence?
Types of Positions Held: Does the applicant’s work history lend support for success in the program as well as success in a career in public health?
Publications: Although not required for admissions, reviewers consider any publications from the applicant, with particular attention to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Application Deadlines and Review Timeline
Admission review is conducted on a rolling basis and in order of their receipt and completion. We encourage you to submit your materials as early as possible as admission offers are extended throughout the year and space will become limited as the deadline approaches.
Please note that due to heavy application volume during certain times of year, admission decisions can take anywhere from three weeks to three months to be issued.
Applicants are notified of their admissions decisions via email sent to the email address entered into the SOPHAS application. The CGPH no longer mails print admission letters except by special request.
► August 18: Application opens
SOPHAS application opens for fall 2017 applicants to all concentrations.
► November 1: Priority deadline
Priority application deadline for all MPH concentrations. Applications submitted by this earlier deadline will be reviewed first and will be eligible for forms of scholarship funding which typically become unavailable as the admissions cycle progresses.
► February 1: Final deadline
All applications are due for both domestic and international applicants. Admission review is conducted on a rolling basis. Once an application is complete, it will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review.
► April 15: Enrollment decision deadline
All applicants admitted to the MPH program are given until April 15th to formally make a decision about enrolling.