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Graduate Application Process

How to Apply

Please read through the information below about the process and deadlines. The University of Maryland admissions team is here to help you through the application process. You may wish to first refer to our graduate programs' frequently asked questions and you may email sph-grad-admissions@umd.edu if you have a question not addressed there. 

Application Requirements

Those applying for graduate degree programs in the School of Public Health will need to have the following:

  • Online application(s)
  • Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE), if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose

The GRE is waived or optional for all of the MPH, MHA, MA, MS degree programs during the 2021-2022 application cycle. The GRE is waived or optional for most of our PhD programs, except the PhD in Epidemiology and PhD in Health Services Research. 

SPH graduate programs may have program-specific requirements in addition to those listed above. Check the Program-Specific Requirements section below. 

Have specific questions about the graduate admissions process or requirements? Please see our Application FAQs.

If you are ready to apply, please identify your program, the application deadline for it and follow the application process outlined below. 

Program-Specific Requirements

Based on your selected program, you will apply through one of the two application processes below. SOPHAS + UMD Supplemental application programs require that you submit two sequential applications and UMD TerpEngage programs require that you submit one application. Please, click on the links to check each program’s application requirements. Application deadlines and the application processes are explained in their sections below.

Application Deadlines by Program Type

Application deadlines, processes and requirements vary across our academic programs. Be sure to check program-specific requirements before you start your application. If you are an international applicant, please see the details for International Applicants below for the additional documents you will need to submit.

The Spring and Fall 2022 Application Cycles in SOPHAS will open on August 18, 2021.

    Program Applicant Type Fall 2022 Priority Fall 2022 Final
    MPH, MS* domestic 12/17/21 (SOPHAS) 01/14/22 (UMD) 05/06/22 (SOPHAS) 06/03/22 (UMD)
    MPH, MS* international 12/17/21 (SOPHAS) 01/14/22 (UMD) 02/11/22 (SOPHAS) 03/11/22 (UMD)
    PhD Maternal & Child Health domestic/international N/A 12/03/21 (SOPHAS) 01/07/22 (UMD)
    PhD (Behavioral and Community Health; Epidemiology; Environmental Health Sciences; Health Services Research) domestic/international 11/12/21 (SOPHAS) 12/10/21 (UMD) 02/11/22(SOPHAS) 03/11/22 (UMD)

    *Behavioral and Community Health; Biostatistics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health Sciences; Health Equity; Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation; Physical Activity; Master in Health Administration (MHA); MS, Environmental Health Sciences

    Application deadlines, processes and requirements vary across our academic programs. Be sure to check program-specific requirements before you start your application. If you are an international applicant, please see the details for International Applicants below for the additional documents you will need to submit.

    The Spring and Fall 2022 Application Cycles in Terpengage will open on August 01, 2021.

      Program Applicant Type Spring - 2022 Fall - 2022
      MA Kinesiology domestic/international 9/3/21 12/3/21
      PhD Kinesiology domestic/international 9/3/21 12/3/21
      MS Couple and Family Therapy domestic/international N/A 12/3/21
      PhD Family Sciences domestic/international N/A 12/3/21
      PhD Biostatistics & Bioinformatics domestic/international N/A 1/14/22
      MCP-MPH international N/A 3/11/22
      MCP-MPH domestic N/A 4/8/22
      Global Health Certificate* domestic Rolling Rolling
      Graduate Gerontology Certificate Program* domestic Rolling Rolling

      *These programs are not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

      Application deadlines, processes and requirements vary across our academic programs. Be sure to check program-specific requirements before you start your application. If you are an international applicant, please see the details for International Applicants below for the additional documents you will need to submit.

      The Spring and Fall 2022 Application Cycles in SOPHAS will open on August 18, 2021.

        Program Type of Deadline Spring 2022 Fall 2022
        MHA, MPH* Priority 10/15/21 (SOPHAS) 11/12/21 (UMD) 12/17/21 (SOPHAS) 01/14/22 (UMD)
        MHA, MPH* Final 11/12/21 (SOPHAS) 12/10/21 (UMD) 05/06/22 (SOPHAS) 06/03/22 (UMD)

        *Behavioral and Community Health; Public Health Practice & Policy.
        Online programs are not eligible for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance by the University of Maryland.

        Application Process 

        Programs that require SOPHAS application + UMD supplemental application: MHA, Behavioral and Community Health (MPH online, MPH on-campus, PhD), MPH Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences (MPH and MS), Epidemiology (MPH and PhD), Health Care Management (MPH), Health Equity (MPH), Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation(MPH), Physical Activity (MPH), Public Health Practice and Policy (MPH Online), Health Services Research (PhD), Maternal and Child Health (PhD).

        Programs that require UMD TerpEngage application: Kinesiology (MA and PhD), Couple and Family Therapy (MS), Family Science (PhD), Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (PhD), Community Planning and Public Health (MPH/MCP), Community Planning and Health Administration (MHA/MCP), Global Health (certificate), Health Data Analysis (certificate).

        SOPHAS programs have a two-step application process that begins through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health. SOPHAS allows students to apply to multiple accredited institutions using one application. After your SOPHAS application is submitted and verified, you will receive an email with instructions to complete the UMD Graduate School supplemental application. Both steps must be completed for your application to be processed and reviewed.

        Completed applications are reviewed by a faculty admissions committee in the respective program, and the recommendations of the committee are submitted to the dean of the Graduate School. Decisions are based on a holistic review of the applicant’s materials, including but not limited to previous academic records, personal statement, previous experience, letters of recommendation, and other elements. The dean of the Graduate School makes the final admission decision, and all students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the dean. Submitting a complete, qualifying application does not guarantee admission. The number of applications received from individuals qualified for graduate study in SPH programs regularly exceeds the number of applicants who can be accommodated. Spaces available in the various programs are limited according to the availability of faculty, class and program size, and other program priorities. In such cases, only the most highly qualified students are admitted.

        Step 1 - SOPHAS application 

        The UMD School of Public Health accepts applications for admission to graduate degree programs through SOPHAS. You may apply to only one UMD SPH program per application cycle. All application requirements and documentation must be submitted electronically directly to SOPHAS. All applicants must also complete and submit the UMD Graduate School supplemental application.

        Transcripts

        You must send official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned or the program was completed. These transcripts go directly to SOPHAS. Learn how to send your official transcripts to SOPHAS.

        GRE

        The GRE is waived or optional for all of the MPH, MHA, MA, MS degree programs during the 2021-2022 application cycle. The GRE is waived or optional for most of our PhD programs, except the PhD in Epidemiology and PhD in Health Services Research. Please check program specific-requirements for GRE requirements. If you are required or opt to submit your GRE scores, please have ETS send scores to SOPHAS (code 0485) and UMD (code 5814).

        Letters of Recommendation

        Letters of recommendation are submitted by the recommenders themselves. In the SOPHAS recommendation section, you will enter the name and email address of each recommender and send them an invitation. Recommenders will then receive an automated invitation to complete the recommendation. If you are applying to more than one SOPHAS program, you may want to advise your recommenders to keep their letters non-school specific. You will be able to check if your letters of recommendations have been submitted and you must follow up with recommenders to ensure recommendations are posted by the deadlines.

        Statement of Purpose

        Your statement should be approximately 2 double-spaced pages. Your statement should address your:

        • Personal, academic and professional background that led you to public health
        • Interest in the specific department and degree/concentration you are applying to
        • Public health topics of interest
        • How this degree will help you to achieve your long-term career goals 
        Resume or curriculum vitae 

        Upload a PDF copy of your resume or curriculum vitae.

        Submitting your SOPHAS application

        After you pay the SOPHAS fee($140) and submit your application, it will go through several phases including submission, completion, and verification. All SOPHAS applications must be verified before you submit the UMD supplemental application. SOPHAS verification can take up to four weeks; therefore, we recommend starting and submitting the application early, preferably weeks before the deadline. 

        If you do not receive periodic email updates on your SOPHAS application status changes, make sure to check your spam folder.


        Start Your SOPHAS Application

        Step 2 - UMD Graduate School Supplemental Application

        In addition to the SOPHAS application, all applicants (for SOPHAS programs) must complete and submit the UMD Graduate School supplemental application. After your SOPHAS application is verified, you will receive an email with instructions to complete the graduate school supplemental application. Note that you must follow the order of submission of your applications. Submitting the UMD supplemental application before your SOPHAS application is verified will significantly delay the review of your application

        This application requires that you:

        • Select your program of interest. You must select the same you selected in your SOPHAS application
        • Complete questionnaires with demographic and residency questions 
        • Upload a PDF copy of your undergraduate degree transcript (the transcript that indicates the degree awarded). Unofficial copies will suffice for the application. If you are accepted into the program you will need to submit official transcripts.
        • Upload a statement of purpose (the same you used in SOPHAS) 
        • Pay an application fee ($75.00)

        Application Timelines

        Upon completion of BOTH application parts, you will receive an email notification that your application is ‘Under Committee Review’, which means the complete application has been sent to the review committee. Review committees start reviewing applications after the priority deadlines. You will be notified when a decision has been made. 

        Applicants to UMD TerpEngage programs can apply directly to the UMD Graduate School. Please make sure to check program-specific requirements and the Graduate School step-by-step guide to applying.

        Completed applications are reviewed by a faculty admissions committee in the respective program, and the recommendations of the committee are submitted to the dean of the Graduate School. Decisions are based on a holistic review of the applicant’s materials, including but not limited to previous academic records, personal statement, previous experience, letters of recommendation, and other elements. The dean of the Graduate School makes the final admission decision, and all students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the dean. Submitting a complete, qualifying application does not guarantee admission. The number of applications received from individuals qualified for graduate study in SPH programs regularly exceeds the number of applicants who can be accommodated. Spaces available in the various programs are limited according to the availability of faculty, class and program size, and other program priorities. In such cases, only the most highly qualified students are admitted.


        Start Your UMD TerpEngage Application

        International Applicants

        We look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant international graduate student community at the University of Maryland, home to over 6,000 students from 130 countries. In the School of Public Health, we have students from more than 60 countries and 37 U.S. states.

        International applicants should follow the application process for the program they are applying to (as outlined in the Application Process section above) and review the requirements and exemptions for international applicants set by the University of Maryland Graduate School. International applicants are also encouraged to explore the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) office and contact them with related questions. Note that American citizens and permanent residents who have foreign credentials should follow the requirements established for foreign degree holders but can apply by domestic deadlines.  

        Note for Online MHA and MPH Programs: International applicants requiring an I-20 are not eligible to apply as these mostly online programs have a mandatory face-to-face element. The University cannot issue an I-20 for these programs. Otherwise, international applicants already in the U.S. who are permitted to enroll in such studies must follow the UMD Graduate School International Admissions instructions.

        In addition to the documents listed in the Application Process section above, International applicants must submit transcripts, evidence of English Language Proficiency and note information about visa status. Please, read the instructions below carefully.

        Step 1- SOPHAS Application

        Transcripts

        If you attended a foreign school or earned your degree outside of the United States, SOPHAS requires a course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Inc for all international academic credentials. This report should then be sent directly to SOPHAS from the evaluation service. Do not send foreign transcripts to SOPHAS, including those printed in English or translated into English; they will be discarded. Check detailed information on SOPHAS transcript submission information for International Applicants

        Evidence of English Language Proficiency

        You will be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores if you do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution or from one of the English-speaking countries listed on the University of Maryland Graduate School website. If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with international credentials, you will still be required to submit English test scores if you do not hold a degree from one of the countries on the list. Please visit the University of Maryland Graduate School website to check test scores requirements and list of exemptions and check test scores submission instructions on the SOPHAS website

        • For TOEFL scores submission to SOPHAS use the code 5688.
        • For IELTS and PTE scores submission to SOPHAS, please list the test scores on the proper section and upload a PDF copy of the official results on the Optional documents - Standardized Test Score Reports” section.

        Start Your SOPHAS Application

        Step 2- UMD Supplemental Application

        Residency Questionnaire

        On the Graduate School online application, you should note the type of visa you currently hold or will need to hold to study at the University of Maryland. In addition, you will need to submit copies of any visa or Permanent Resident Card you might possess. Visit the ISSS website to learn more about the student visa process

        Transcripts

        On the Graduate School online application, you are required to upload a scanned copy of the academic transcript for each institution you have attended. Unofficial transcripts in the original language must be accompanied by a literal English translation. Unofficial copies of transcripts will suffice for application. Please note that upon being offered admission, you will need to have an official copy of each academic transcript sent to the Graduate School by the institution that awarded your degrees or deliver these transcripts in a sealed envelope at the Graduate School.

        Evidence of English Language Proficiency

        For the University of Maryland to receive your TOEFL scores, please use the reporting code 5814.

        PTE test takers can send their score reports to the University of Maryland through their Pearson Account

        IELTS test takers should contact their IELTS test center directly to request electronic test scores be sent to the following IELTS e-download account:

        University of Maryland - The Graduate School
        The Graduate School
        2123 Lee Building
        College Park
        Maryland, 20742

        Visit the Graduate School to learn more about the English language proficiency requirements.

        International applicants to UMD TerpEngage programs apply directly to the UMD Graduate School. Please make sure to check program-specific requirements, the Graduate School step-by-step guide to applying, and the UMD Graduate School International Admissions page.


        Start Your UMD TerpEngage Application