Deadlines & Application Review
Applications are accepted starting in September through the SOPHAS online common application (www.sophas.org) for the following Fall term.
- General Deadline: Priority deadline for applications is on or before February 1. However, the MPH program has a rolling admission policy. Rolling admission means that verified applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Our rolling admission policy encourages early submission of applications. Verified applications that arrive after February 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if there is space available.
- Application Review: Once SOPHAS has verified your application, it will be forwarded to the Admission Committee. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are verified. provide decisions no later than April 1. The Admission Committee reviews applications and make decisions on a rolling basis after April 1.
Applications are now completed online through the SOPHAS system (available starting in September).
Financing your Degree
Limited funding opportunities are available for qualified students once they have accepted the offer of admission. If students are planning to apply for federal loans, we recommend completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Penn's institutional code #003378.
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) offers a resource for financing your degree: http://www.aspph.org/study/financing-your-degree/.
International applicants to the MPH Program must submit official copies of their TOEFL scores, if their first language is other than English. Additionally, international students must submit official copies of their ETS scores as part of their application if their degree was received from an institution outside the U.S., regardless of the degree obtained. Unofficial copies - that is copies supplied by the applicant - cannot be considered.
International students whose degrees were obtained outside the United States must submit their transcripts through WES ICAP services, at the expense of the students. Be sure to allow extra time for the processing by WES ICAP. WES ICAP can be found at: http://www.wes.org/students/faq.asp
All of these materials will be submitted through the SOPHAS system.
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.
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