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Social and Behavioral Sciences (MPH) Admissions

This program is offered in-person and online. The same admissions process applies to both programs.

You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution to be considered for admission. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. There are no prerequisites to apply to the MPH program at Temple University, but strong grades in mathematics and/or statistics, social sciences and writing are preferred.


PLEASE NOTEAdmissions requirements stated on this page are for the Spring 2019 term and beyond. If you are applying for the Fall 2018 term, please contact the Office of Admissions at 215-204-5200 as some of the requirements have been changed.


Application Components

  1. Application: Students must apply through the SOPHAS Centralized Application Service. The documents listed below will all be submitted through SOPHAS.
  2. Recommendations: Submit three letters of recommendation from college or university professors who can speak to your academic abilities. If you’ve been out of school for more than five years, submit letters from professional colleagues who can discuss your relevant academic skills including critical thinking, research and writing.
  3. Goals Statement: Write a 500- to 1,000-word statement of purpose that articulates your interests in public health and this program in particular. Craft your statement to specifically address the following items:
    • What are your interests in public health and why are you planning to pursue an MPH?
    • What are your future career goals and what have you done either academically or professionally to guide your interest in public health?
    • What MPH concentration are you applying to and why?
    • Are there any exceptional circumstances related to previous academic performance that you would like the admissions committee to know about?
  4. Official transcripts: Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:
    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  5. A current résumé or CV is required.
  6. Official GRE score. Official scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using code 0151. Official GRE scores will be waived for applicants who have:
    • a B or better in an undergraduate statistics or advanced mathematics course and
    • an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.  

Check on your application status and the receipt of your materials through the SOPHAS portal.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.
  • A WES Evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

Spring Admission: Nov. 1
Fall Admission: March 1