The Spring and Fall 2020 Application Cycle will open August 15. ALL of your application materials should go through the SOPHAS system. Please do not send materials directly to the Penn MPH office. 

  • General Deadline: Priority deadline for applications is on or before February 1. However, the MPH program has a rolling admission policy: verified applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Our rolling admission policy encourages early submission of applications, but applicants can submit through April 15.
  • Application Review: Once SOPHAS has verified your application, it will be forwarded to the Admission Committee. Applications submitted by the February 1 priority deadline will receive a response by April 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are verified. The Admission Committee reviews applications and make decisions on a rolling basis after February 1.

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.

Public health experience (e.g., undergraduate internships, post-baccalaureate experience in a health-related field) is preferred. Current undergraduates and recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the application details, deadlines, and financing your degree, click here.


For all questions related to admission, please contact the MPH Program Administrative Coordinator Nick Van Meter at


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