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MPH Admissions

All applicants must apply through the SOPHAS Common Application. A supplemental application must be submitted to Temple University as well as noted on the Temple University SOPHAS application.

Please review the SOPHAS application instructions located at http://www.sophas.org/ We are excited to offer this option to our applicants as it will provide a more streamlined application process since all documents will be submitted and tracked by SOPHAS.

Fall Admission for MPH in Social and Behavioral Science:

  • All applicants must have their completed application and materials submitted by MARCH 1.
  • If you plan to apply for an assistantship, your completed application and materials must be submitted by MARCH 1.

Spring Admission for MPH in Social and Behavioral Science:

  • All applicants must have their completed application and materials submitted by NOVEMBER 1.

Please note that International students should review this URL: http://www.temple.edu/grad/admissions/international.htm for additional information regarding admissions requirements.

Application Checklist
Here is a checklist of the materials you will need to submit for consideration. Applications will not be reviewed until all components have been received by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

  • Supplemental Application. The online application fee is $60. Click here to begin your application now! This application is required for all applicants regardless of application term, please be sure to select the correct term when completing the application.
  • Three Letters of Reference. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence. If the applicant has been out of school for a long time, please make sure letters are from professional colleagues and that they address academic abilities, such as writing and research.
  • Official transcripts.  Official transcripts are required from all attended undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions. A 3.0 or higher from an accredited undergraduate institution is desired. There are no prerequisites to apply to the MPH program at Temple University, however, strong grades in Mathematics and/or Statistics, Social Sciences, and Writing are preferred.
  • Statement of Goals. The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1000 words.  Please be sure to specifically answer and address the following items:
        1) What are your interests in public health and why are you planning to pursue an MPH?

        2) What are your future career goals and what have you done either academically or professionally to guide your interest in public health?
        3) What MPH concentration are you applying to and why?
        4) Are there any exceptional circumstances related to previous academic performance that you would like the admissions committee to know about?
  • Standardized Test Scores.
        - GRE – The GRE is required. Scores are valid for 5 years. While the program takes a portfolio approach to admissions, standardized tests provide important insight into quantitative and verbal abilities. If you took the GRE before July 31, 2011, scoring 500 or higher on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the test is desired. If you took the GRE August 1, 2011, or beyond, scoring of 153 or higher on the verbal section and 144 or higher on the quantitative sections of the test is desired.  (NOTE: To have your scores sent to Temple University please use the code: Temple U Pub Hlth SOPHAS, #0151.)
        - Alternate standardized tests that will be considered in lieu of the GRE include: MCAT, DAT, GMAT, PCAT, OAT, LSAT*

        - TOEFL – International students are required to take the TOEFL to demonstrate English language proficiency. To be considered, you must receive a minimum score of 550 paper- based; 213 computer-based; or 79 internet-based. (NOTE: To have your scores sent to Temple University please use the code: 5688 SOPHAS in Massachusetts)
  • Resume. A resume or curriculum vitae is required. Applicants should check their application status on the SOPHAS portal often and inquiries regarding receipt of materials should be directed to SOPHAS.