|Application Term||Application Period Opens||Application Deadline||Instruction Begins|
|Fall 2020||September 3, 2019||February 1, 2020 (Priority Deadline*), Rolling Admissions until May 1, 2020||August 2020|
|Spring 2021||December 1, 2019||July 1, 2020||January 2021|
*Applicants who submit all required materials by the Fall priority deadline will receive a decision by mid-April.
Statement of Purpose and Personal History
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.
Documentation of work experience, such as a letter from an employer stating period of employment and respective job titles. (if applicable)
(Prior work experience is desirable, but not required.)
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.
We are currently monitoring developments related to COVID-19. During this time, we want to do what we can to relieve stress for those impacted by the outbreak.
ETS launched the GRE General Test at home test on March 23rd to selected areas. This will be a proctored online version of the test that can be taken in test users’ homes. Additional information about this new test option and updates on testing center closures, postponements, and rescheduling can be found at www.ets.org/gre/cv-update.
We encourage you to take the GRE (send scores to code: 4833) if possible. However, the Online MPH program will issue a one-time GRE waiver for applicants who are unable to access or schedule a proctored exam before the application deadline. Please contact email@example.com prior to the May 1st (Fall 2020) or July 1st (Spring 2020) deadline if you have any questions regarding your GRE exam.
How can I strengthen my application without the GRE?
All applications are reviewed through a holistic review process.The GRE is one component of the application that may provide additional information about an applicant’s academic preparation. If there are aspects of your academic preparation that you believe could benefit from further explanation or context, please submit a separate statement or consider incorporating this information in your Personal History or Statement of Purpose. Given the key role of statistics and data analysis in public health, we encourage you to consider including information about your quantitative preparation in relationship to course work or professional experience should you elect to submit additional information.
Applicants have also provided additional statements to provide context for their GRE scores or a term where they have a dip in their GPA. This is helpful for reviewers to better understand the context of achievement as well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance or schedule a phone appointment here.
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.