How to Apply
Start your UC Berkeley application here: Online M.P.H. (Summer Start)
Please note: Even though the "semester" listed under the program heading is "fall 2014," this is still the correct form to apply for a summer 2014 start. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2014, and instruction begins on May 19, 2014.
To be considered for admission, you need the following:
- A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution.
- Adequate preparation in the biological or social sciences, though no specific majors required. Candidates with undergraduate majors in the social or biological sciences are encouraged to apply.
- At least one college-level mathematics or statistics course completed with at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average on your transcript.
- At least a 3.0 (B) grade point average or equivalent in course work completed after the first two years of undergraduate study and in all graduate course work. The admissions committee may occasionally consider applicants who do not meet these academic requirements in circumstances where other measures of professional performance are particularly strong.
- At least two years of work experience (recommended). If you are new to the field, your work experience need not be in the health or public health sectors. Examples of alternative work experience include advocacy, social work, environmental sciences, marketing, journalism, housing, and municipal administration.
Your online application, to be submitted to the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, requires the following:
- A statement of purpose (500–600 words) describing your career goals and how this program meets your professional aspirations. If you are entering the field, please tell us about your public health interests and the skills you wish to acquire during your program of study. Please also tell us how you hope or expect to contribute to improving the public's health in your future professional endeavors.
- A personal history statement (300–600 words) describing yourself, your family, the experiences that have framed your current aspirations and how you hope or expect to contribute to improving the public's health. This essay supplements the statement of purpose and should leave the admissions committee with a better understanding about you as a person.
- Documentation of work experience, such as a letter from an employer stating period of employment and respective job titles.
- Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a former professor (or someone who knows your academic potential) and one from a current or former employer (or someone who knows your professional potential).
- GRE scores. All applicants are required to submit GRE scores for exams taken less than five years before the submission deadline for your application.
- GRE code: 4833.
- Applicants who hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree at the time of the application from any accredited institution are not required to submit GRE scores. Equivalent doctoral-level degrees as used by the School of Public Health in application of GRE waivers are defined as: Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Osteopathy, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary. (Please note: The M.B.B.S. is not a doctoral-equivalent degree in regards to GRE waivers.)
- Students currently enrolled in medical or dental school can submit their MCAT or DAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
- A PDF of unofficial university transcripts. Official transcripts will be required only if you are offered admission.
- Students with transcripts from foreign countries must submit copies of the transcript in the original language along with certified English translations, when applicable. If your academic records do not include official evidence of the award of your degree, you must also submit additional documents that verify the degree conferral. Unfortunately, we do not accept third party evaluations (e.g. WES).
- TOEFL scores are required from all applicants from countries in which the official language is not English. However, if you have completed at least one year of full-time (12 units) academic coursework with grades of B or higher in residence at a U.S. university, you do not need to take the TOEFL. Please note: If you are a citizen of the United States or Puerto Rico and have completed all your higher education outside the United States, you will also need to provide the TOEFL.
- TOEFL scores are valid two years from the test date.
- TOEFL code: 4833
- Minimum scores required
- Paper: 570
- Internet (iBT): 68
- As an exception, you can submit IELTS scores.
Take the TOEFL or IELTS exams early to be considered for admission. There are no exceptions to the English-language proficiency requirements listed above. For more information, see Evidence of English Language Proficiency.
- Nonrefundable $80 application fee ($100 for international applicants).
For detailed guidance on completing your online application and supplemental materials, please review our Application Guidelines. Learn more.
The program is accepting applications from North America (including the Caribbean Islands), Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan.
International applications are considered for the Fall and Spring application periods only.
On-campus visits are a program requirement. Students are responsible for their own visa and travel arrangements. Consider your country’s timeline for processing visas as you prepare your application to the program.
International applicants must consider Evidence of English Language Proficiency. Take the TOEFL or IELTS exams early to be considered for admission.
Students with transcripts from foreign countries must submit copies of the transcript in the original language along with certified English translations, when applicable. If your academic records do not include official evidence of the award of your degree, you must also submit additional documents that verify the degree conferral. Unfortunately, we do not accept third party evaluations (e.g. WES).