Accelerated MPH Degree

The accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) program is available to all undergraduate students pursuing a bachelor's degree at MSU and Drury University. For those students at Drury University, special requirements are required, so please contact Drury's Environmental Program for specific details. Otherwise, no specific major is required. This is a program in which undergrads can take up to 4 graduate level MPH courses which will count for both their baccalaureate and MPH.

Admission Requirements

The MPH program seeks to admit students who 1) demonstrate the potential to be successful in graduate school, and 2) are committed to the public health profession, as evidenced by their interests, backgrounds and experiences.

Consideration for admission to the Master of Public Health Program requires the following:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.00*;
  2. Submission of the Graduate College application and related fee;
  3. A 300-400 word personal statement of professional goals;
  4. Three letters of recommendation from employers or professors (current or recent) who can speak to the abilities of the student to succeed in graduate education;
  5. Voluntary or salaried work experience in one or more health or social service settings is highly desirable but not required; and
  6. International applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  See the required scores as noted on the Graduate College webpage.  The IELTS will also be accepted.    

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the following deadlines:  Fall admission - April 1; Spring admission - October 1.  Applicants are encouraged to begin the process at least 4 weeks prior to the deadline to ensure all supporting materials are received on time.

Scheduling Requirements

Prior to enrolling in courses, undergraduate students must be admitted in the accelerated MPH program, and the courses must be approved by the student's baccalaureate advisor.