Admission Information

The SOPHAS 2020 Application Cycle opens on August 15. ALL of your application materials should go through the SOPHAS system. Please do not send materials directly to the Penn MPH office. 

Once SOPHAS has verified your application, it will be forwarded to the Admission Committee. The Penn MPH Admission Committee will start reviewing applications on a rolling basis, starting November 1, 2019. Priority deadline for applications is on or before February 1, 2020. Applicants who submit by priority deadline will receive a response by April 1. Our rolling admission policy encourages early submission of applications, but applicants can submit through April 15, 2020.

SOPHAS offers resources to help you navigate the application system. The SOPHAS FAQ page will address many questions you may have.

Applicants to the MPH program must submit the following documentation directly to SOPHAS:

  • Completed application via SOPHAS Note: All tracks are evaluated with the same criteria. Please apply under one track only. Should you matriculate into the program, you will have the flexibility to finalize your track at a later time.
  • Recent (within the past 5 years) scores on one of the following standardized tests.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE -- note, the GRE code for SOPHAS is 0152)
    • Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT)
    • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
    • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
    • Dental School Admissions Test (DSAT)
    • Note: Applicants with at least a master’s degree in a relevant field, that was received from an institution within the United States, are eligible to waive the standardized test requirement in SOPHAS. When an applicant waives standardized test scores, evidence of quantitative and writing ability will be evaluated based on grades earned in graduate-level quantitative and science courses. Official standardized test scores are required for applicants who do not have a masters degree or higher. For applicants whose advanced degree was conferred by an institution outside the U.S., standardized test scores are highly recommended, however, the applicant can chose to waive the submission of their scores in SOPHAS.
  • English Language Proficiency (TOEFL score (minimum of 100) or IELTS score (minimum of 7.0) or degree from an English-language institution) for applicants whose first language is not English. The code for the TOEFL exam is 5688.
  • Official transcripts of previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work sent to SOPHAS. International applicants must use WES ICAP service to submit transcripts. WES ICAP is found here.
  • Up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three recommendations from individuals who can attest to suitability for graduate study and to interest in public health. Note: These individuals will receive a request from SOPHAS to submit their recommendation.
  • A brief personal statement that should demonstrate an understanding of public health and explain the nature of the applicant's interest in the field. The statement should address how Penn's MPH program will prepare the applicant for a successful career in public health.
  • Application fee (submitted online - see the SOPHAS FAQ for fee chart). Note: This fee is charged by SOPHAS, not the University of Pennsylvania.

Applications are assessed holistically, considering coursework, standardized test scores, and previous public health or relevant experiences, such as job experience, fellowships, or internships.

Our MPH student body is very interdisciplinary, with approximately 25% of the student body in dual degree program. For more information about existing dual degree programs and their specific application processes, please look here.

For all other questions related to admission, please contact the MPH Program Administrative Coordinator Nick Van Meter at nickvm@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

 

Re-application Policy 

Applicants to the Master of Public Health Program who were not accepted by the program cannot appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee. However, they can elect to reapply to the program no sooner than the following academic year. The application fee is waived for re-applicants who re-apply within five years of the previous application date. Re-applicants are not required to submit transcripts or standardized test scores if the transcripts or scores have not changed.

Non-discrimination/Disability Policy

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD). Specific questions concerning the accommodation of students with disabilities should be directed to the Office of Student Disabilities Services located at the Learning Resources Center, 3820 Locust Walk, Harnwell College House, Suite 110, (215) 573-9235 (voice) or (215) 746-6320 (TDD).

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Federal law, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requires all institutions of higher education to provide information on their security policies and procedures and specific statistics for criminal incidents and arrests on campus to students and employees, and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request. The Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Act requires Penn to provide information about its security policies and procedures to students, employees and applicants; to provide crime statistics to students and employees, and to make those statistics available to applicants and prospective employees upon request.

The information about Penn is available at the Division of Public Safety Website, or by calling (215) 898-4481.