Admission Requirements

Develop your passion for public health

Entrance requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program seeks to admit students who:

  • Demonstrate the potential to be successful in graduate school
  •  Are committed to the public health profession
  • Show evidence of their commitments through their interest, backgrounds, and experiences

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

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.00*;
  2. Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores.  GRE scores must be sent to Missouri State University from the Educational Testing Service (Institution code:  6665).  No minimum scores are required; however, students who are successful in the program generally have scores in the 40th percentile or higher.  The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores: 
    1. Students who have earned a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. Institution and students currently enrolled in a Missouri State University graduate degree program are not required to submit GRE scores
    2. Official scores from the GMAT, MCAT or LSAT from within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.
  3. Submission of the Graduate College application and related fee;
  4. A 300-400 word personal statement of professional goals;
  5. 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;
  6. Voluntary or salaried work experience in one or more health or social service settings is highly desirable but not required; and
  7. 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 (6 weeks for international applicants) prior to the deadline to ensure all supporting materials are received on time.

Admission procedures

The personal statement of professional goals, and letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to the MPH Program office.  Note:  Letters of recommendation are to be sent directly from the recommender(s) or, if sent with the letter of application, must be individually sealed with signatures across envelope flap.

All other application materials are to be sent directly to the Graduate College (for domestic applicants) or International Services (for international applicants).

Admission process

  1. Once the Graduate College has received and processed all required materials, your file is forwarded to the MPH office.
  2. The program director will send notification to the applicant acknowledging receipt of all required and/or missing materials.
  3. The MPH Admissions Committee meets approximately three weeks after application deadlines to make decisions regarding each applicant.
  4. Applicants will receive notification of the committee’s decision.