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 2022 admission to doctoral programs vary by department and program, though most are due by December 1, 2021. 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.

Michigan Public Health does not require and does not review GRE or other standardized test scores for admission to any master's or doctoral programs. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on required application components. Please contact our admissions staff at if you have questions.

Have Questions?

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

The Office for Student Engagement and Practice manages recruiting, application processing and admissions, student records, courses, grades, course evaluations, official reporting, scholarships and financial aid, career services, academic outreach, and degree conferral for students at University of Michigan School of Public Health.


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