How to Apply for a Doctoral Degree


Applications for doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan School of Public Health are managed in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School. Applicants will interact with the Michigan Public Health department to which they would like to apply and Rackham Graduate School. Finalized applications must be submitted online through the Rackham Graduate School website.



Application deadlines for Fall 2021 admission to doctoral programs vary by department and program, though most are due by December 1, 2020. Department Coordinators can provide deadline information for specific degrees.  

Application Requirements

Applicants for PhD programs should complete the Rackham School of Graduate Studies application. Through the CollegeNet online application (Rackham School of Graduate Studies), applicants must submit the following:

  • Statement of Purpose: A concise, well-written essay about your career goals and how the graduate program will help you meet your career and education objectives. Please indicate the area(s) of research and departmental faculty that are of interest to you.
  • Personal Statement: A brief description about your background (500 word limit).
  • Official Transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate work (official transcripts must be sent to Rackham). Individuals submitting transcripts from an international academic institution must first submit their transcripts to World Education Services (WES) for a ICAP credential evaluation. For more information on required academic credentials from non-US institutions, please see the Rackham website.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Academic and professional recommendations are desired; personal recommendations are not accepted.

Additional requirements are determined by the Michigan Public Health department to which applicants are applying. Please visit the respective department page of interest for more information on specific application requirements.

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 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.

Have Questions?

Program coordinators in Michigan Public Health departments are best equipped to help with questions about specific PhD programs and requirements. 

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