Grades and Prerequisites

You will need a 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

You need 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

There is no specific major required, though candidates with undergraduate majors in the biological or social sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

GRE/Test Scores

For all our applicants valid* GRE is required EXCEPT IF YOU:


Have completed an MD, PhD, 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. 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 31). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2011, to the present are eligible to be sent to UC Berkeley.

The Berkeley Master of Public Health Online code for the GRE and the TOEFL or IELTS is 4833.



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 two 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 section.

Campus Visit

All Berkeley MPH Online 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.

For more information please email us.