Application Requirements

Application Timeline

Application Term Application Period Opens  Application Deadline Instruction Begins
Summer 2021 September 15, 2020 November 1, 2020 May 2021
Fall 2021


September 15, 2019 February 1, 2021 August 2021
Spring 2022 
September 15, 2019 May 1, 2021 January 2022

Required documents

  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.)

   Application Fee

  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)
​​​​​Prior work experience, preferably in health sector related activities, is desirable, but not required. 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.

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 Therefore, the GRE is currently optional at this time.

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 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.