Application Requirements

Application Timeline

Application Term Application Period Opens  Application Deadline Instruction Begins
Spring 2020 September 5, 2018 October 1, 2019 January 2020
Summer 2020 September 3, 2019 February 1, 2020 May 2020
Fall 2020 September 3, 2019 February 1, 2020 (Priority Deadline*), Rolling Admissions until May 1, 2020 August 2020
Spring 2021 September 3, 2019 October 1, 2020 January 2021

*Applicants who submit all required materials by the Fall priority deadline will receive a decision by mid-April.

Required documents

  Statement of Purpose and Personal History

  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.

   Application Fee (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 application requirements, see our How to Apply section.

To be admitted into the UC Berkeley Online MPH program, you will need the following:

 Hold a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution

Demonstrate capability to study at the graduate level: academic capability (via grades and course completion, GRE/test scores, etc.)

Professional capability (through submission of required documents)
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. Contact our Enrollment Advisor at for more information.

Maryland applicants: Due to higher education regulation, UC Berkeley is unable to accept applications for admission to the online MPH program from students residing in Maryland. For questions, please contact us at

 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

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.

You must submit your valid, unexpired GRE scores through ETS using code #4833 on or before the application deadline. An exemption may apply, please reach out to our Admissions Coordinator if you feel that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

You have completed an MD, PhD, or equivalent doctoral-level degree from a United States accredited institution by the time you apply. Equivalent doctoral-level degrees are defined as: chiropractic, dentistry, education (EdD), medicine, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, pharmacy, and veterinary. (Note: If your degree is from a non-US institution, please email our Admissions Coordinator for additional information about your degree for review and approval of your exemption.)

You 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.

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.

You 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.

No other professional school exams will be eligible as alternatives to the GRE exam.

Note: View ETS to see how long GRE scores are valid.

Evidence of English language proficiency is required of applicants with basic degrees from countries in which the official language is not English.

This includes U.S. citizens who have obtained their basic degrees from an institution outside the United States. If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic coursework with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.

Additionally, all applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.

This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

We will accept scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL. As language proficiency can change considerably in a relatively short period of time, standardized tests must have been taken within the past two years, regardless of the test used.

For purposes of admission, your most recent score must be at least 90 for the Internet-based TOEFL test (IBT). 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!

To qualify for a TOEFL exemption you must: 


Have a basic degree from a recognized institution in a country where the official language is English. – OR – Have completed a basic or advanced degree at an institution, in the United States or abroad, where the language of instruction is English and the institution is accredited by one of the United States’ regional accrediting* agencies. (United States universities only)

Have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with a grade B or better at a regionally accredited* institution within the United States.

All Berkeley MPH Online students are required to attend one-week long on-campus session each June 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 select which admissions cycle you are applying to.

 For more information on the on-campus portion of the program, see the Campus Visit page.

 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.