USC Master of Public Health Admissions

Learn about admission requirements for domestic and international students, as well as deadlines and the application process for USC’s Master of Public Health program.

Application Deadlines

Campus Program Deadline: March 1, 2020

Term starts May 20, 2020

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Online Program Deadline: April 10, 2020

Term starts May 6, 2020

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Campus Program Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019

Campus Program Final Deadline: May 1, 2020

Term starts August 24, 2020

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Online Program Deadline: August 1, 2020

Term starts September 2, 2020

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Campus Program Deadline: October 1, 2020

Term starts January 11, 2021.

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Online Program Deadline: December 1, 2020

Term starts January 6, 2021

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Admissions Requirements

The program will consider applicants who satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School:

  • A Bachelor's degree and minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; official transcripts from each accredited college or university attended
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score – Verbal and Quantitative.
  • Records of GRE scores are purged after 5 years. Please visit the Educational Testing Service  for GRE exam information.
  • Applicants may substitute MCAT (< 3 years old), GMAT (< 5 years old), DAT (< 5 years old) or LSAT (< 5 years old) in lieu of the GRE requirement
  • A minimum of three (3) letters of recommendation. (ALL letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic. We do not accept letters from peer colleagues or friends.)
  • A Statement of Purpose of approximately 2-3 pages addressing the following questions: Why are you interested in pursuing the MPH Degree? How will an MPH Degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals?
  • A Curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resume

Send official GRE scores to school code 2048. If using MCAT, GMAT, DAT, or LSAT scores please e-mail valeriem@usc.edu for further submission.

Additional requirements for international applicants »

How to Apply

NOTE: Information provided here pertains to the campus MPH program ONLY. If applying to the online MPH program, please complete the USC application at this link. For more information about the USC Master of Public Health online program visit mphdegree.usc.edu.

  • Prepare to apply by gathering all materials and information to complete your online application. These materials include personal statement, resume/CV, recommender’s information, personal, financial and education information.
  • Create a SOPHAS account and complete all parts of the online application.
  • Pay application fee.
  • Send official transcripts to SOPHAS.

More detailed instructions on transcript submission can be found at this link.