Master of Public Health Program
Admission to the program is competitive. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required. Several criteria are evaluated in the admissions process, including the strength of the undergraduate record and any post-baccalaureate course work, the GRE general examination, career goals, recommendations, professional and volunteer experience in public health, and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.
While no specific field of study at the undergraduate level is required, some background in statistics, biology, or the social sciences is preferred. Work or volunteer experience in public health or allied health fields is highly encouraged. Applicants who have not worked in public health may benefit from volunteer experience prior to submitting an application. The program offers all required courses in the evening to accommodate professionals currently working in the field. Meeting the minimum application criteria does not guarantee admission. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.
Before applying to our program, applicants should review the CHHS Graduate Admissions website for important information about the application process. Application requirements and deadlines can be found through Mason's Graduate Application Database. After reviewing application guidelines and expectations, applicants may apply online through Mason's Application for Graduate Study. When applying, applicants must select a concentration of study, and offers of admission are made only for the selected concentration. Students may apply to change concentration areas after enrollment; however, approval for such requests is not guaranteed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to select the concentration that is best suited to their career goals.
Required Application Materials
- Completed online Application for Graduate Study
- Nonrefundable application fee
- Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, if claiming entitlement to these rates
- One official transcript from all institutions attended for each program applied to unless the programs are in the same college or school
- Goals statement*
- Completed recommendation forms (3 required)**
- Official GRE scores reported directly from the appropriate testing service***
* In 750 to 1,000 words, state your professional plans and career objectives (Goal Statement). Please include your personal qualities and development and how they have influenced your career choice; your reasons for this particular degree in relation to your academic background, professional work experience, and career goals; and your reason for selecting your program at George Mason University.
**Applicants are required to use Mason's Recommendation for Graduate Study. Letters will not be accepted in lieu of forms.
***GRE scores are required for all applicants, except those who have already completed a doctoral level degree from the U.S. or Canada. An international degree that is equivalent to an American doctoral degree is not sufficient to be granted the GRE waiver.
There is not a minimum GPA or GRE score required for admission. Applicants who have gained admission in the past had an average GPA of 3.0 and combined GRE scores of 1100. Applicants' scores are expected to be competitive with these averages.
Scoring on the GRE has changed significantly, from a point range of 200-800 to 130-170. Concordance tables matching new scores to the old scoring system are available on the ETS website, at http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/scores.
New students are admitted only once each academic year, for entrance in the fall. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than February 1st.