Applications & Deadlines, How to Apply

The University of Michigan School of Public Health admissions team is here to help you throughout the application process. If your application has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at For more information about changes to the GRE testing process, please visit the GRE website.

  • Applications to our Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) programs are accepted through SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Common Application Services), an online application portal for schools of public health.
  • Applications to our Master of Science (MS) and doctoral (PhD) programs are submitted through Rackham Graduate School.
  • Applications to the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program are accepted through a separate online process.
  • The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Community and Global Public Health and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Health Sciences programs are submitted through an Undergraduate Admissions process.

Don't know which degree to apply for? Visit our programs and degrees page for descriptions and details, then come back here to apply.

All graduate programs require the completion of at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited program prior to enrollment. Applicants in the process of completing their undergraduate degree during the admission cycle will be asked for a final copy of their transcript stating degree conferred prior to enrollment.

Those holding a master's or doctoral degree are not eligible to apply for study in the field or specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

How to Apply

MPH (residential and online) and MHSA

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For Fall 2020

The Fall 2020 application is open for all residential and online programs, with the following exceptions:

  • Applications for the MPH and MHSA degrees in the Department of Health Management and Policy are closed. 
  • All MPH and MHSA degrees are no longer accepting applications from international students. 

Please note that SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Common Application Services) can take up to four weeks after submission to verify grades and process documents. Applicants will know that their application has been sent to Michigan Public Health when the application status is "verified" in your SOPHAS portal. Shortly thereafter, you will receive an email confirming reciept of your application and encouraging you to create a friend account with Wolverine Access.

  • SOPHAS: You can use SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Common Application Services) to apply for all MPH and MHSA programs online. An additional $75 Michigan Public Health school processing fee will be required (only one $75 fee is required, regardless of the number of designations). Students can apply to more than one program at Michigan Public Health (SOPHAS fees may vary). 
  • Dual Degree Students: First-year University of Michigan graduate students who wish to add a MPH or MHSA to their graduate experience should contact for a School of Public Health Dual Degree PDF application.This option is only for current University of Michigan-Ann Arbor graduate students enrolled in their first year at any school or college on campus. The School of Public Health only admits for Fall semester and will accept your previous transcripts and letters of recommendation from your admitting school or college. Applicants are required to submit two SPH essays and an Michigan Public Health application fee ($75 domestic or international).  Read more about our more popular dual degree programs.
  • Online MPH Students: The application for Fall 2020 admission to the Population and Health Sciences Online MPH Program requires GRE or MCAT scores that are valid at the time of receipt. Applicants who meet the following criteria are eligible to petition to have this requirement waived:
    • Applicants who hold a doctorate from an accredited postsecondary institution, as monitored by the U.S. Department of Education, will have this requirement waived.
    • Applicants with otherwise substantial educational or professional experience, (e.g. 5+ years of experience in a public health-related field), may apply for a standardized testing waiver by submitting transcripts, a current CV or resume, and Waiver Statement that explains the request and unique qualifications. A subcommittee will review your request and confirm or deny your waiver status within 2-4 weeks. To start the waiver request process, please contact
    • Online MPH priority application deadline: February 15, 2020
    • Online MPH final application deadline: May 1, 2020


In addition to your SOPHAS application fee, there is a non-refundable Michigan Public Health school processing fee of $75 for all applicants. Payment information is found in the School instructions on SOPHAS. If you have trouble paying the fee, make sure that your pop-up blocker is turned off, copy and paste the link into your browser, and clear all cookies.

Specialized Fee Waiver Groups

Prospective students who verify their participation with one of the following groups are eligible for a fee waiver of the additional Michigan Public Health fee of $75. Each fee waiver is subject to approval. Verification should be submitted to This is a waiver for the additional school processing fee, not a SOPHAS fee waiver. Applicants will need to contact SOPHAS directly to apply for a fee waiver for the entire application. Please submit documentation verifying participation when contacting

  • Active duty or veteran service member
  • McNair Scholars
  • Project 1000
  • Leadership Alliance
  • SOPHAS need-based fee waiver recipient
  • AmeriCorps
  • Peace Corps
  • Gates Millennium Scholars
  • Drew Scholars
  • Bonner Scholars
  • University of Michigan Blavin Scholars
  • Michigan Public Health Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) alumni
  • Michigan Public Health Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) alumni
  • University of Michigan Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health (CFPH) alumni or on track to complete certificate before admitting term begins
  • University of Michigan MHIRT program alumni

In addition to participation in the above organizations, Michigan Public Health may also grant a waiver for students who are experiencing financial distress. Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Student Affairs. Please contact with information that supports your request.

MS and PhD

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For Fall 2020

MS and PhD applications should be submitted through the Rackham Graduate School online application.

Deadlines for Domestic and International Applicants:

MS and PhD admissions are administered by the Rackham Graduate School and the School of Public Health department you are applying to. Please do not send any MS or PhD admissions materials to the Michigan Public Health Admissions Office. Refer to the Rackham Admissions website or the department websites for more specific admissions information and instructions.

Applications for admission to the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program are submitted independently, not through SOPHAS. Please see the MHI website for more information on the application process.

Please contact with any questions.

Undergraduate Applications (BA and BS)

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The bachelor's degree in public health is open to students currently enrolled University of Michigan Ann Arbor (cross-campus transfer) and students attending another US institution (external transfer). Interested students must apply for admission to this program and should do so during their sophomore year and will be admitted to the Michigan Public Health for their final two years.

  • The application is now available for Fall 2020 admission.
  • Applications are due by February 1, 2020. However applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15, the priority deadline, to have the best chance of financial award consideration.
  • Applications are completed online.
  • Applicants are not required to complete the Common App.
  • Applications require two essays and copies of all transcripts for post-secondary coursework completed outside the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

For full details, please visit Undergraduate Admissions.


Applicants can request a Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) application by contacting NCFDs are admitted on a per-term basis, can only register for a course on the first day of classes, can only take up to two courses in one semester, and can only take 10 credits as a NCFD in a lifetime. 

  • The application deadline for the Fall 2019 start is August 15, 2019.
  • The application deadline for the Winter 2020 start is December 15, 2019.

DACA/Undocumented Applicants

All undocumented individuals are eligible for admission to any degree program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and consideration for merit-based awards whether or not they have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). The University of Michigan School of Public Health is taking steps to create a clear path for prospective students to attend graduate school at the School of Public Health regardless of immigration status. For help navigating the application process, please contact

Applicants who also meet specific criteria may also take additional steps through the Residency Office to prove Michigan residency and possibly qualify for in-state tuition.