International Applicants

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International students are an important part of the SPH community providing valuable perspectives and contributions. To comply with the federal laws, applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States have to complete additional steps when applying to a program at U-M SPH. As a result, it is extremely important for international applicants to submit their applications early in the admission cycle.

MS and PhD Applicants

Students applying to residential MS, PhD, or online MS programs should refer to the Rackham Graduate School website.

Applicants to the Health Management and Policy MS program with transcripts from an international institution (non-U.S. university, college, or school) are required to submit credential evaluations from WES directly to the department.

MPH and MHSA Applicants

All applicants must have a U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. If your degree is from a non-U.S. college or school, the institution must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree was earned. Applicants with transcripts from an international institution (non-U.S. university, college, or school) are required to submit a WES ICAP evaluation. SOPHAS applicants receive a WES discount when sending their report to SOPHAS (which we will receive).

SOPHAS considers English Canadian transcripts non-foreign.  They will verify those transcripts without a WES. Canadian transcripts in French must submit the WES evaluation to SOPHAS (as they consider those foreign).

*At this time, the University of Michigan's Master of Public Health in Population and Health Sciences can only be offered to admitted United States citizens and residents.

The hard deadline for all U-M SPH applications from international students is January 15th; no exceptions.


Special Note for International Online Students: Academic units cannot provide services, including online education, to individuals located in comprehensively sanctioned countries or regions as administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Additionally, U-M or its partners may block access to additional countries and regions where there are near-comprehensive sanctions and a perception of increased risk for export control violations. The list of countries and regions where U-M does not currently offer services, which may be subject to change, is as follows: Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela.

All conditionally admitted online students, regardless of their location, will need to complete a certification form as a condition of enrollment. In this form, conditionally admitted students will certify that they will not access course content or any U-M services from a country or region on the “blocked” list described above.

Useful Resources for International Students