Applications and Deadlines

Application processes and deadlines vary based on the degree and program you are applying to. 

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 sph.inquiries@umich.edu.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) Degree Applications

All MPH and MHSA applications, including those for residential and online programs, must be submitted via SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Services).

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Application Requirements

Deadlines for Fall 2021 Admission

  • Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline for International Applicants: January 15, 2021
  • Priority Application Deadline for Online Degrees: February 15, 2021
  • Final MPH and MHSA Application Deadline (residential and online): June 15, 2021*

*Applications for the Health Management and Policy MPH program have a hard submission deadline of June 15, 2021

Master of Science (MS) Degree and Doctoral Degree (PhD) Applications


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

MS and PhD admissions are administered by the Rackham Graduate School and School of Public Health departments. Applicants will interact with the Michigan Public Health department to which they would like to apply and Rackham Graduate School. 

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Application Requirements

MS Deadlines for Fall 2021 Admission

  • Priority Application Deadline (Residential): December 1, 2020
  • Priority Application Deadline (Online): February 15, 2021
  • Final Application Deadlines Vary by Degree (View)

PhD Deadlines for Fall 2021 Admission

  • Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Deadlines Vary by Degree and Department (View)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Degrees

The BA in Community and Global Public Health and BS in Public Health Sciences programs are submitted through the University of Michigan portal.

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Application Requirements 

Deadlines for Fall 2021 Admission

  • Priority Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Final Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Non-Degree

Applicants can request a Non-Candidate for Degree (NCFD) application by contacting sph-inquiries@umich.edu. 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 Winter 2021 start is December 15, 2020. The application deadline for a Fall 2021 start is August 15, 2021.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (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 sph-inquiries@umich.edu.

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.

How We Make Our Admissions Decisions

Michigan Public Health practices a holistic review process when making graduate students admission decisions. Reviewers give careful consideration to all materials submitted by a student. We look at grades and key coursework, essays, experience, and letters of recommendation. 

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Standardized Tests

Standardized test scores are not required for applicants applying to any master’s- or doctoral-level program for the academic year starting fall 2021. If you have taken a standardized test such as the GRE or MCAT and want to submit your scores, please note that they will not be used as an official metric during application review. Scores may be used by some programs after the admissions decision is made to inform future use of standardized test scores in the admissions process. Reach out to admissions staff at sph-inquiries@umich.edu if you have questions.

To submit standardized test scores, follow the instructions below.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE): All programs accept general official GRE scores taken within the last five years. Test scores should be submitted electronically to institution code 1954 and/or 1839; there is no need to enter a department code. 

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT): MCAT scores may be submitted electronically from AAMC to SOPHAS. No code is used.