How To Apply

How to Apply

Application Timeline

Application Term Application Period Opens Application Deadline Instruction Begins
Spring 2016 August 1, 2015 October 1, 2015 January 2016
Summer 2016 December 1, 2015 February 1, 2016 May 2016
Fall 2016 March 1, 2016 May 1, 2016 August 2016

A notice to applicants residing in Maryland:

Due to higher education regulation changes, UC Berkeley is unable to accept applications for admission to the Online Master of Public Health program from students residing in Maryland. For questions, please contact us at Thank you for your interest in UC Berkeley.

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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 post-baccalaureate work experience. If you would like to petition for an exception based on exemplary work experience completed prior to completing a bachelor’s degree, please email your request to 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.
  • Students currently enrolled in a clinically based professional degree program (e.g., MD, DO, DMD, DVM, OD, PharmD) must complete their degree requirements before the application deadline of the semester to which they are applying.

Application Requirements

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:
    • Register today for the exam: ETS/GRE.
    • Code to use for UC Berkeley’s Online MPH Program: 4833.
    • Applicants who hold a PhD or equivalent doctoral-level degree at the time of the application 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, Education (EdD)Medicine, Optometry, Osteopathy, Podiatry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary. The university from which you attained this degree must have been accredited at the time your degree was conferred.
    • The MBBS by itself is not considered a doctoral-level degree for the purposes of a GRE waiver. However, applicants who hold an MBBS and have passed both Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE are not required to submit GRE scores.
    • GRE scores are valid for five years from the testing year in which you took the exam (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2009, to the present are available to be sent to UC Berkeley.
  • 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/IELTS. Please view the UC Berkeley Graduate Division’s policy on international applicants for guidelines on demonstrating English language proficiency. The code to use for UC Berkeley’s Online MPH Program is 4833.
  • Nonrefundable $90 application fee ($110 for international applicants).