Public Health

DPH MPH admission and application


The Department of Public Health does not practice rolling admission. The graduate admissions committee will begin reviewing applications within one week of the application deadline. The faculty committee plans to generate admission decisions to applicants via email within four to six weeks after the application deadline has passed.

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Admissions criteria

Candidates must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or other institution of post-secondary education.
  • A grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.

International/non-native English speaking applicants must also have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score.

  • For the TOEFL, a score of 550 or better on the paper-based version, or a score of 80 or better on the internet-based version is required.
  • For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required.

How to apply

Upload the following to the MU Graduate School online application:

  • Personal data sheet
  • Two one-page essays addressing these prompts:
    1. How have your coursework, work/volunteer, and life experiences prepared you to be successful in the MPH program? In your answer please also include experiences that have helped you better understand, address, and/or advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity issues in public health.
    2. Why do you want to pursue an MPH at University of Missouri?
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae. Please explain any significant gaps in education or work experience.
  • Contact information for one (1) letter of recommendation to be submitted by an individual who is well-acquainted with your academic experience and can attest to your intellectual, experiential, and interpersonal abilities.
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts of coursework from all universities, colleges, and/or technical schools you’ve attended in the past. If admitted, official copies of your transcripts must be sent to the MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
  • International /non-native English speaking applicants only: Official TOEFL or IELTS if your native language is not English. The TOEFL exam results must be current (taken within two years of admission to the MPH Program), and scores must be sent directly and electronically by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the MU Office of Research and Graduate Studies using the Institutional Code: 6875 (University of Missouri) and Department Code: 0616 or 50 for the internet-based version.

Apply today!

Start your application through the MU Graduate School.