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MPH Admissions & Eligibility


The application for Fall 2018 admission to the MPH Program is closed. Applications for Fall 2019 admission will open in the fall of 2018.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree & GPA Requirements: A baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or concurrent enrollment in a graduate or professional degree program is required. Official transcripts from all college and graduate work must be submitted. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher is required for the BSN-MPH Advanced dual degree option. Transcripts should be sent to:
    UW-Madison MPH Program
    610 N. Walnut Street
    740a WARF Building
    Madison, WI 53726
  2. Course Work: At minimum, candidates must have successfully completed at least one semester of college level mathematics that includes algebra and/or calculus (equivalent to MATH 112 at UW-Madison) or a college level statistics (STATS 201). In addition, candidates must have taken at minimum, one semester of a college level science course such as biology, chemistry, or physics.
  3. GRE Scores: Applicants must submit official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years. The program will also accept the MCAT in lieu of the GRE. GRE scores will be entered starting in December. The following applicants are exempt from the standardized score requirement:
    • Applicants who have earned a masters or doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. institution
    • Applicants who are currently enrolled in a UW graduate degree program OR approved MPH dual degree program
  4. Public Health Experience. Public health-related experience is highly recommended. This includes, but is not limited to, working in public health departments, volunteer organizations, and health care organizations that do not focus solely on patient care. Clinical care alone does not constitute as public health experience.

International Applicants

In addition to the required MPH application materials, international applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. English Language Proficiency Tests. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last five years. A score of 600 (written), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (online version) or above is required.
  2. Alternatives:International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or MELAB

    Standardized test scores must be sent to the University of Wisconsin (institution code: 1846) directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Scores must be received by the application deadline.

  3. International Academic Records. Applicants who attended a post-secondary institution outside of the U.S. must have their academic records evaluated by a NACES member credential evaluation service. An official evaluation report from a NACES member organization must also be received for the application to be considered complete. Your NACES evaluation should be sent directly to the Master of Public Health Program Office.

Dual Degree Applicants

Applicants who are currently enrolled in an approved MPH dual degree program must provide verification of good academic standing in their home program. This request is automatically generated when an applicant indicates that they are a dual degree applicant.

Applicants not yet admitted to a dual degree program

Students applying for a dual degree program must submit separate applications to both the MPH Program and the partner school program. Admissions criteria in place at both programs must be met by the student. Admissions decisions for each program will be made separately by each school program. Following acceptance of a student into both programs (at the same time, or sequentially), the student is responsible for notifying both programs of their intent to pursue the dual degree and have credits counted accordingly.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $75 paid electronically via debit or credit card is required before your application will be reviewed. The application fee is waived for the following applicants:

  • Currently enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate degree program
  • Currently enrolled in an approved MPH dual degree program
  • Have enrolled in a UW-Madison graduate degree program within the last five years
  • Currently applying for graduate studies in more than one area at UW-Madison and have already paid the $75 application fee to the UW-Madison Graduate School or other UW-Madison professional degree program