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FAQ's

How many total credits is the MPH degree program? How long does it take to complete?

The MPH degree program is 45 credits. If you are planning to take the program full-time, it can be completed within two years (four semesters).

What is WES, what does WES mean, how do I contact WES? Why must I provide a WES report?

All foreign/international applicants are required to submit to our office an official transcript/academic credential evaluation. Among agencies providing this service is the World Education Service, Inc. (WES). For a fee, WES will evaluate all of your formal academic credentials and university transcripts and provide an official “course-by-course” report that shows U.S. semester credits, grade equivalents, and an U.S. grade point average (GPA). We need this translation to evaluate your academic background and potential to complete a graduate program of study. To obtain an Application for Evaluation, instruction for submitting official documents, and a details explanation of WES services, please contact (800) 937-3895.

If I am accepted to a particular campus and I accept the offer, am I obligated to take all my courses on that campus only?

No, you may take certain courses on any campus of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Naturally, it is assumed that a majority of the classes will be on the campus you selected.

What is the difference between “matriculated” and “non-matriculated?”

Matriculated means that you are an individual enrolled in a particular degree program at a college or university. Non-matriculated means that you are an individual taking courses for academic review and future matriculation status, if you meet the requirements stipulated in your acceptance letter.

Where can I find the research interest of the faculty?

Faculty are listed by name and research interest under each department as well as in the Catalog under Administration, Centers, and Faculty. Click here for the current catalog.

How can I apply?

Applications for our degree seeking programs (MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD) can be found on the SOPHAS application portal. Applicants should select Rutgers University School of Public Health, and submit all documents to SOPHAS directly.
If you’re interested in our Certificate programs, please contact the Office of Admissions to request an application, or complete the Application for Certificate Programs.

What is SOPHAS?

SOPHAS is a centralized application service for students seeking to apply for Public Health programs across the country. You can find more information in their Quick Start Guide.

What is the deadline to submit my application?

Academic Calendar

Program Fall Semester Deadline Spring Semester Deadline
MPH (All Concentrations) January 15 (Priority) October 15 (Priority)
MS HOPE January 15 (Priority) October 15 (Priority)
MS Biostatistics January 15 (Priority) N/A
PhD (All Concentrations) December 1 N/A
DrPH January 15 (Priority) N/A
Certificate June 1 (Priority) October 15 (Priority)

We encourage you to apply early! The posted deadlines above are the final date which you can submit your application and supporting documents. For those indicated as a Priority deadline, the Office of Admissions may continue to accept applications after this date, depending on availability of space within programs. If you have missed a priority deadline, but still wish to apply for that semester, please contact the Office of Admissions to determine if we will be able to accommodate your application. For most of our programs, the earlier you submit your application and supporting documents, the sooner we can provide you with your admission decision. So don’t delay!

If you are applying via the SOPHAS application portal, we encourage you to submit your application and all supporting documents at least two weeks before the listed deadline. Your application must be verified by SOPHAS; during peak season, this can take several weeks. You can track your application status online in real time via the SOPHAS application portal. The earlier you submit your documents, the smoother the process!

What documents do I need to submit to apply?

Most of our programs require that applicants submit:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement / Essay of Intent
  • Resume
  • GRE scores (MS & PhD programs only)

Applicants who have completed some or all of their coursework in a foreign country will also need to submit:

  • Course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary coursework (in lieu of official transcripts)
  • TOEFL or IELTS score

In depth information and requirements for each program can be found on our Application Requirements page.

Do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS Score? What is a passing score?

The TOEFL or IELTS exam is required for all applicants who completed their coursework in a non-native English-speaking country. Minimum scores vary by department and degree. Our MPH and MS programs typically seek at least an 88 on the TOEFL iBT (90+ for our Biostatistics and Epidemiology programs), or a 7.5 Band Score on the IELTS. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.

Do I need to submit GRE scores?

The GRE is now optional for our MPH and DrPH programs. Applicants may choose to submit GRE or equivalent scores if they feel it will strengthen their application.

How many credits are considered full-time?

Students registering for 9 or more credits are considered full-time students. Students registering for 1-8 credits are considered part-time students.

Do you offer part-time study?

Many of our programs can accommodate part-time students. The MS, MPH, and DrPH programs can all accommodate part-time students. The PhD program is considered a full-time program.

Is this a STEM program?

All of our MPH programs are non-STEM. The MS programs (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Health Outcomes, Policy, & Economics) are all STEM-designated.