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Admissions FAQs

The following FAQs are for SOPHAS applicants. Certificate applicants and Bachelor's/Master's applicants should consult those programs.

I am a newly admitted student. When will I hear about scholarship aid awards?

Each academic department at the Bloomberg School administers and awards scholarship assistance. Typically, all admitted students receive consideration for any available funding by their academic department.  No application is required, and award notifications are sent directly by the departments.  Excluding the Bloomberg Fellowship Program, all students admitted to the MPH program are also automatically considered for scholarship assistance by the MPH Program Office.

I am a newly admitted student. When will I hear about financial aid awards?

All completed aid applications received by our March 15 priority deadline will receive a financial aid notice in sufficient time to make your enrollment decision before the April 15 admission decision deadline.  The office processes applications on a rolling basis as your file complete.

Which application service do I use?

Students applying to the following programs should apply via the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS):

  • Doctoral Programs
  • Masters’ Programs
  • Residency Programs

Students applying to the following programs should apply via SOPHAS Express:

Students applying to a Postdoctoral Fellowship should use the Bloomberg School Application. However, applicants should first review the Postdoctoral Training Website.

I'm a recent undergrad with no work experience. What are my options?

The Schoolwide MPH and DrPH, as well as most of the Online Programs for Applied Learning MAS degrees, are the only programs that require work experience. While public health work experience enhances any application, all ten other graduate degrees are options for those that do not have two years or more of work experience. Also available are combined degree options, certificates, and other non-degree opportunities.

What standardized tests do I need to take?

Each academic program at the Bloomberg School determines standardized test score requirements. Scores are either required, optional, or not required/not reviewed. The GRE is the most universally accepted. Some programs within the Bloomberg School will accept alternate scores (MCAT, LSAT or GMAT). Once you decide on a degree program, review the standardized test score drop down lists to determine the appropriate test.

Keep in mind, test results can take up to five weeks to reach SOPHAS. So please plan to take the appropriate test well in advance of any application deadlines.

Do I need to submit English Language Proficiency test scores with my application?

International students from countries where English is not the official language must submit the scores of an English language proficiency test. The Bloomberg School will accept either TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or Pearson Test for English (PTE) Academic scores to fulfill this requirement. Details regarding this requirement and possible exemptions may be found on the international applicant page.

Does it cost anything to apply?

The SOPHAS application fee is $145 USD for the first designated school and $55 USD for each additional school.

Can I request an application fee waiver?

The majority of fee waivers are processed through SOPHAS. Qualifications are listed on their website. Please note that there are a limited number of fee waivers available.

Additionally, some departments are able to provide fee waivers. Please contact the respective departments or program offices for their individual process.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - PhD only
Department of Biostatistics
Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Online Programs for Applied Learning

Can I apply to more than one degree program at once?

The Bloomberg School recommends that you take your time researching our offerings and focus on the program that best suits your goals and interests. You may, however, apply to more than one program and/or concentration. If you apply to multiple programs, you may apply to a maximum of three programs per application cycle.

Please be aware you will be required to pay separate application fees for each program to which you apply. You will also want to submit separate personal statements explaining your interest in that specific program.

How do I send my Transcripts or Academic Records?

How transcripts are sent depends on the type of institution from which the applicant earned course credits and/or a degree. Please carefully review the different instances at the SOPHAS Help Center.

Which programs at the Bloomberg School are eligible for STEM OPT extension?

While the MPH and DrPH are not eligible for the STEM OPT Extension, the Bloomberg School offers many programs that are eligible for STEM OPT extension. Review our STEM OPT Extension page for a list of programs.

I attended the Bloomberg School in the past and am now applying to another degree program. Do I need to order official BSPH transcripts for my new application?

Yes. You will need to use the SOPHAS Transcript request form to request a BSPH transcript be sent to SOPHAS.

What is the difference between the application status of “Verified” and “Complete for Review?”

SOPHAS has a “complete” status which means that your application may meet the SOPHAS requirements for admission – paid application fee, two letters of recommendation, and domestic transcripts. SOPHAS will then “verify” your application at which point they will check the information that you entered for your domestic transcripts.

Applications are considered complete for review once all of the materials for the program you are applying to have been received and the application is verified by SOPHAS. Your application can be verified by SOPHAS without all of the Bloomberg Schools requirements being met. In addition to the two Letters of Recommendation and transcripts (for domestic applicants) that SOPHAS requires for verification, the Bloomberg School will typically require test scores, an additional letter of recommendation, and (for international applicants) your credential evaluation.

I haven't heard anything about my application. When will they make a decision?

After you submit your application and all the required materials are received and processed, your application will be marked complete and sent to the appropriate admissions review committee. The time it takes for the committee to make a decision varies depending on the department and program. You will be notified when a decision is reached.

I don't want to apply to a full degree program. Can I just take a few classes?

The Bloomberg School allows individuals to take one or two classes as a non-degree seeking student. This is known as a "Special Student Limited." The Office of Continuing Education Student Services handles the application for non-degree seeking students.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, the Bloomberg School awards several competitive, merit-based scholarships to accepted students who are pursuing a full-time program. Be sure to review the scholarships page for more information.

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