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.
All graduate programs within the Department of Global and Community Health (MPH-all concentrations, MS in Global Health, and Certificate in Public Health) use the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS, www.sophas.org). SOPHAS is an online application system where prospective public health graduate students can apply to multiple accredited schools.
All applicants to these programs must submit the following to SOPHAS:
- SOPHAS online application form
- Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit
- Official and current GRE test scores (Mason-SOPHAS Institution Code: 1236)
- Statement of Goals: In 750 to 1,000 words, state your professional plans and career objectives. 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.
- Two letters of recommendation
Submit all forms directly to SOPHAS. No supporting documents are accepted at Mason’s admissions office.
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 March 1.
In-state tuition rates are afforded to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who claim entitlement according to the Code of Virginia, Section 23-7.4, including applicants who may be in approved DACA status. Please review the code if you think you are eligible for in-state tuition.
During the admissions review process, some applicants may be required to submit the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition and additional documents to George Mason University in order for a domicile decision to be determined. Applicants who need to submit this form will be notified via email by Mason’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Graduate Admissions Office as their application is reviewed.
To access the form, please download Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates.
Please email email@example.com or fax the document to 703-993-3606 within two weeks of receiving this email. After the initial review of the received document, applicants may be contacted by the CHHS Graduate Admissions Office to submit additional information and documentation. If we do not receive this completed form within two weeks, applicants will automatically be coded as out-of-state. If this occurs and you wish to appeal the decision, contact the university Domicile Office at 703-993-2464. Visit the Domicile website for more information.