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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Admission Requirements

For admission to the Online Master’s in Public Health you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate academic and professional capability to study at the graduate level


Academic Preparation

  • Minimum 3.0 (B) GPA or equivalent in coursework completed after the first two years of undergraduate study and in all graduate coursework. 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 one college level mathematics or statistics course completed with at least a B and reflected on an official transcript.
  • Adequate preparation in the biological or social sciences, though no specific majors required. Candidates with undergraduate majors in the biological or social sciences are encouraged to apply.



Work Experience

  • Applicants must have at least two years of post-baccalaureate work experience to be eligible to apply. 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.
  • If you would like to petition for an exemption based on exemplary work experience completed prior to completing a bachelor’s degree, please email your request to



Test Scores

  • Valid* GRE scores are required. Exemptions to this policy include:
    • Applicants who have completed an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral-level degree from an accredited institution at the time of application are not required to submit GRE scores
    • Students currently enrolled in or who have completed a degree in medical, dental, optometry, business, or law school can submit their 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: applicants 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.
    • Applicants who have completed a MBBS degree and have passed the Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE are not required to submit GRE scores. In order to be eligible for the GRE waiver, copies of both official USMLE scores will be required to be uploaded with your application.
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Please view the UC Berkeley Graduate Division’s policy on international applicants for guidelines on demonstrating English language proficiency.

*GRE scores are valid for five years from the testing year in which you took the exam (July 1-July 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2010 to the present are eligible to be sent to UC Berkeley.



Required Documents

Applicants are required to submit:

  • 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 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).
  • Nonrefundable $90 application fee ($110 for international applicants)

The code to use for UC Berkeley’s Online MPH program for both the GRE and the TOEFL or IELTS is 4833