Application Process

For admission to Berkeley’s On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate capability to study at the graduate level:
  • Have a minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate work experience. (Work experience in the health or public health sectors is not required.) It is possible to petition for an exemption based on exemplary work experience completed prior to earning a bachelor’s degree. Schedule an appointment to learn more.
  • Attend mandatory campus visits
  • International students are subject to additional international student requirements, detailed below.

A notice to applicants residing in Maryland and Montana: Due to higher education regulation changes, UC Berkeley is unable to accept applications for admission to the On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health from students residing in Maryland and Montana. For questions, please contact us at online.mph@berkeley.edu


Grades and Prerequisites

  • Grades: Minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or equivalent in coursework completed after the first two years of undergraduate study and in all graduate coursework. (International students are not required to submit a GPA if grades are not scored in this way). The admissions committee may occasionally consider applicants who do not meet this requirement if other measures of professional performance are particularly strong.
  • Math or statistics course completion: At least one college-level mathematics or statistics course completed with at least a grade of B or equivalent, reflected on an official transcript.
  • Familiarity and aptitude in biological or social sciences: No specific major required, though candidates with undergraduate majors in the biological or social sciences are encouraged to apply.

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UC Berkeley’s On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health code for the GRE and the TOEFL or IELTS is 4833. Valid* GRE scores are required, except if you:

  • Have completed an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution when you apply. Equivalent doctoral-level degrees are defined as: chiropractic, dentistry, education (EdD), medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, pharmacy and veterinary.
  • Are currently enrolled in or have completed a degree in medical, dental, optometry, business or law school. Please submit your MCAT, DAT, OAT, GMAT or LSAT scores, respectively, in lieu of the GRE exam. Other professional school exams will not be eligible as alternatives to the GRE exam.
    • Note: If you are currently enrolled in a clinically based professional degree program (e.g., MD, DO, DMD, DVM, OD, PharmD), you must complete your degree requirements before the application deadline of the semester to which you are applying.
  • Have completed a MBBS degree and have passed Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE, then you are not required to submit GRE scores. In order to be eligible for the GRE waiver, copies of both official USMLE scores must be uploaded with your application.

*GRE scores are valid for five years from the year in which you took the exam (July 1–July 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2011, to the present are eligible to be sent to UC Berkeley.


Required Documents

    • Statement of purpose and personal history statement.
    • Documentation of work experience, such as a letter from an employer stating period of employment and respective job titles. (Letters should document at least 2 cumulative years of work.)
    • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a former professor (or someone who can speak to your academic potential) and one from a current or former employer (or someone who is familiar with your professional potential).
    • Transcripts, which may be unofficial electronic transcripts for all college-level coursework.
    • If you are a U.S. Citizen or current Permanent Resident, the application fee is $105; for all others, the fee is $125.


For more details and descriptions on required documents, see our How to Apply page.


Campus Visit

All On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health students are required to attend a one-week on-campus session each year and are responsible for making necessary travel arrangements. International students should review links on U.S. visa regulations and consider your home country’s timeline for processing visas as you prepare your application. For more information on the on-campus portion of the program, see the Campus Visit page.


International Student Requirements

International students are an important part of the UC Berkeley community and contribute a unique global perspective. Over the past year, Berkeley boasted more than 5,000 international students and more than 2,000 international visiting scholars. Read more on international student requirements for this program.

Applicants to the On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health program who attended school outside of the U.S. must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Equivalency is determined by evaluators in the Berkeley Graduate Admissions office.

For more details on foreign degree equivalency contact Graduate Admissions.

International Transcripts and Translations

English translations are required for transcripts in all languages except Spanish. English versions must be issued by the degree-awarding institution or by a certified ATA translator. The ATA number must appear on the certification to be considered, and notary certification is not acceptable. Unfortunately, we do not accept third-party evaluations (i.e., WES).

In addition to the general requirements, you’ll need to upload the following documents as part of your application:

  • Transcripts in the original language and in English translation
  • Degree certificate(s) (with title awarded and conferral dates) in the original language and in English translation

English Language Proficiency

Guidelines on demonstrating English language proficiency through the TOEFL or IELTS exams are outlined on the UC Berkeley Graduate Division’s policy on international applicants. Be sure to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam early to be considered for admission and remember to use code 4833 for this degree.

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