8010 Graduate Admissions

The School of Public Health accepts students into the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) programs for both the fall and spring semesters. The Ph.D. in Public Health only accepts students in the Fall semester.  The application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
Ph.D. November 15 N/A N/A
MPH February 15 (Priority)
March 15 (Final)
October 1 N/A
Graduate Certificate March 15 October 1 N/A

8010.10 Master of Public Health (MPH) Application Requirements

For complete application materials instructions, visit the following School of Public Health website: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/.

The following materials are required for admission to the MPH. All application materials are submitted through SOPHAS (https://portal.sophas.org):

  1. Application for Graduate Study, submitted through SOPHAS
  2. A $120.00 application fee.
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae
  4. One official transcript from each college and/or university attended (including Georgia State University, if you attended GSU while earning a different degree). Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
  5. Three references from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic, professional and intellectual abilities.
  6. A statement of interest and professional intent.
  7. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). (Applicants with an earned doctorate or J.D. from a regionally accredited institution do not have to take either examination.)
  8. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for applicants whose native language is not English. See section 8010.40 for more information.
  9. A Certificate of Immunization (after acceptance)
  10. Lawful Presence Verification (after acceptance): http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/citizenship-verification/

8010.20 Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) Application Requirements

For complete GCPH application materials instructions, visit the following School of Public Health website: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/

The following materials are required for admission to the GCPH.  All application materials are submitted through Apply Yourself:

  1. Application for Graduate Study, submitted through Apply Yourself
  2. A $50.00 application fee.
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae
  4. One official transcript from each college and/or university attended, except from Georgia State University. Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript. You will collect and submit all unopened transcripts.  If you are enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia State University, you may complete a Request for Transfer of Records in your current colleges graduate admissions office. If you attended Georgia State University as an undergraduate, we will be able to pull your records, so your undergraduate transcripts from GSU do not need to be sent.
  5. Three references from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic, professional and intellectual abilities.
  6. A statement of interest and professional intent.
  7. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). (Applicants with an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. do not have to take either examination.)
  8. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for applicants whose native language is not English. See section 8010.40 for more information.
  9. A Certificate of Immunization (after acceptance).
  10. Lawful Presence Verification ( after acceptance): http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/citizenship-verification/

A Graduate Certificate in Public Health (GCPH) student may apply a maximum of sixteen (16) semester hours of applicable GSU course credit earned while completing the GCPH and prior to MPH program admission toward fulfilling MPH degree requirements. Courses that satisfy the MPH core courses must be completed with a grade of B or better, and courses that satisfy a concentration required or elective course must be completed with a grade of C or better.  Credits are processed by the School—petition is not required, but students should confirm their previously completed courses are applicable. Students may work with the Graduate Advisor in the Office of Academic Assistance to confirm applicability.  Approval of applicable courses is at the discretion of the Division Director of the student’s home division and concentration—it is not guaranteed.  All GSU credits presented for the MPH degree must have been earned within six calendar years of the date of degree conferral.

8010.30 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Health Application Requirements

For complete Ph.D. application materials instructions, visit the following School of Public Health website: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/

The following materials are required for admission to the Ph.D. All application materials are submitted through SOPHAS (https://portal.sophas.org):

  1. Application for Graduate Study, submitted through SOPHAS
  2. A $120.00 application fee.
  3. A resume or curriculum vitae
  4. One official transcript from each college and/or university attended (including Georgia State University, if you attended GSU while earning a different degree). Transcripts are required regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript. Applicants must have a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
  5. Three references from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic, professional and intellectual abilities.
  6. A statement of interest and professional intent.
  7. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). (Applicants with an earned doctorate or J.D. from a regionally accredited institution do not have to take either examination.)
  8. Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or via the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for applicants whose native language is not English. See section 8010.40 for more information.
  9. A Certificate of Immunization (after acceptance)
  10. Lawful Presence Verification (after acceptance): http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/citizenship-verification/

8010.40 International Student Admission

It is the policy of Georgia State University to encourage the enrollment of students from other countries. The University subscribes to the principles of international education and to the basic concept that only through education and understanding can mutual respect, appreciation and tolerance of others be accomplished. The recognition of the values of cultural exchange is inherent in our philosophy of education and is predicated on an awareness of the need to foster better cooperation, friendship, and understanding among the peoples of the world. In this regard, we welcome international students to our campus because we believe in a cultural exchange program which will be beneficial to our own student body, to the international students involved, and to metropolitan Atlanta.

  • Academic Credentials: An applicant who has completed all or part of his/her education outside the United States is required to have his/her foreign credentials evaluated by World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/sophas/). WES is the only evaluation service accepted by SOPHAS.
  • English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores, not more than two years old, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official scores must be reported from the Educational Testing Service to SOPHAS prior to the application deadline. The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL information can be found at http://www.toefl.org/. IELTS information can be found at http://www.ielts.org/. Applicants living in the Atlanta area may take the Georgia State Test of English Proficiency (GSTEP) in the place of the TOEFL.  For more information about GSTEP: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwtep/index.html.
  • Financial Resources: Applicants who have been accepted and plan to attend Georgia State University on an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit a Financial Statement showing the financial support necessary for the cost associated with the first year of study. This verification does not need to be submitted with your application but will be required before you can enroll if you are accepted.
  • Course Load: An international student with a student visa is required to carry a full course of study in the fall and spring semesters. A full course of study for graduate students at Georgia State University is 9 semester hours in the fall and spring semesters and 6 semester hours in the summer semester. International students cannot be admitted as non-degree students.

For additional information pertaining to international applicants and students at Georgia State University, please refer to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services on the Georgia State University website at www.gsu.edu/isss.

8010.50 Transient Student Admission

A student enrolled in a graduate degree program at another accredited institution may seek admission as a transient (or visiting) student in the School of Public Health.

Program Fall Spring Summer
Transient/Visiting Student July 15 December 1 May 1

To be admitted to transient status, applicants must complete:

  1. Transient/Visiting Application (available at http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/reentry-or-transient-visiting-students/) :
  2. $50.00 Application Fee. A check or money order (in U.S. currency) should be made payable to Georgia State University. This fee is nonrefundable.
  3. Transient Letter. This letter, from your home institution, must state that you are in good academic standing and that you have permission to attend Georgia State University. It should also contain a listing of the courses you plan to take.
  4. Resident Status Form. This form is required to determine if you are an in-state or out-of-state student for tuition purposes. Please attach it to your application.
  5. A Certificate of Immunization (after acceptance)
  6. Lawful Presence Verification (after acceptance): http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/citizenship-verification/

Completed application materials must be mailed to the address below by the deadline date:

School of Public Health
Georgia State University
Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services
P.O. Box 3984, Atlanta, GA 30302-3984

Admission to transient status is normally for one semester only. A transient student who wishes to enroll for a subsequent semester at Georgia State must file an Application for Reentry with the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Career Services in the School of Public Health. Students must be in good Academic Standing at Georgia State University in order to continue as transient students at the University. Transient students who are not in good academic standing will not be allowed to continue taking courses as transient students per the University’s reentry definition. If the student wishes to enroll in courses other than those listed in the original letter of good standing, the home institution must submit a new letter indicating approval of those courses.  Application deadlines are sometimes extended provided there is space available.  Contact OAA at (404) 413-1452 or publichealthadvising@gsu.edu for additional information.

Although the university cannot guarantee the availability of space in desired courses, every effort will be made to assist students in the registration process. The student is responsible for requesting that transcripts of grades earned at Georgia State are sent to the home institution. Transient students who do not remain in good academic standing at Georgia State University may not be allowed to continue taking courses in the School of Public Health.

Students who wish to change from transient-status enrollment to graduate degree seeking status must file an application for the graduate program desired and all supporting documents by the appropriate deadline for the semester for which admission is sought. Further information on application procedures for admission to degree programs in the School of Public Health may be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/.

Up to nine (9) transient-status credit hours may apply to School of Public Health graduate degree or certificate programs. However, all credits, including transient-status -earned credits, presented for the Master’s degree must have been earned within six calendar years of the date of Master’s degree conferral, and all credits presented for the Ph.D. degree must have been earned within nine calendar years of the date of Ph.D. degree conferral. Grades from all attempts at all GSU courses that are taken at the graduate level will become part of the student’s GPA.

8010.60 Non-Degree Student Admission

The School of Public Health accepts non-degree students based on course availability. Non-degree students are admitted for a maximum of nine credit hours.

Applicants applying for non-degree status should hold a graduate degree or have been accepted into a graduate program but are no longer actively enrolled. Non-degree applicants can and usually include members of the workforce who wish to further develop or upgrade their public health knowledge and skills.

If you are actively enrolled in another graduate program, please apply as a transient/visiting student. Contact the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services (OAA) at (404) 413-1452 or publichealthadvising@gsu.edu for approval to submit a non-degree application. Application deadlines are sometimes extended provided there is space available.  The application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
Non-degree July 15 December 1 May 1

The following items should be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance and Graduate Career Services.

  • Non-degree Application
  • $50.00 Application Fee. A check or money order (in U.S. currency) should be made payable to “Georgia State University”. This fee is nonrefundable.
  • One official transcript from each college and/or university attended (including Georgia State University, if you attended GSU while earning a different degree). Transcripts are required from all previously attended institutions regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript.
  • Statement of Intent, where you describe your goals and why completing coursework in the School of Public Health will help you attain those goals. Please limit your statement to two typed, double-spaced pages.
  • Resident Status Form. This form is required to determine if you are an in-state or out-of-state student for tuition purposes. Please attach it to your application.
  • A Certificate of Immunization (after acceptance)
  • Lawful Presence Verification (after acceptance): http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/citizenship-verification/

Completed application materials must be mailed to the address below by the deadline date:

School of Public Health
Georgia State University
Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services
P.O. Box 3984, Atlanta, GA 30302-3984

Students who wish to change from non-degree enrollment to graduate degree seeking status must file an application for the graduate program desired and all supporting documents by the appropriate deadline for the semester for which admission is sought. Further information on application procedures for admission to degree programs in the School of Public Health may be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance: http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academic/apply/.

A student may apply a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of applicable GSU course credit earned prior to MPH program admission (while taking public health courses as either transient, non-degree, or other-GSU-degree status) toward fulfilling MPH degree requirements. Courses that satisfy the MPH core courses must be completed with a grade of B or better, and courses that satisfy a concentration required or elective course must be completed with a grade of C or better.  Credits are processed by the School—petition is not required, but students should confirm their previously completed courses are applicable. Students may work with the Graduate Advisor in the Office of Academic Assistance to confirm applicability.  Approval of applicable courses is at the discretion of the Division Director of the student’s home division and concentration—it is not guaranteed.  All GSU credits presented for the MPH degree must have been earned within six calendar years of the date of degree conferral.

8010.70 Reentry Students

A reentry student is a student who has been enrolled at Georgia State University and who:

  1. Has not maintained an enrollment totaling 6 hours (or more) of degree applicable courses over three consecutive semesters (including summer) until degree completion; or
  2. Attended any semester as a transient student and wishes to attend an additional semester as a transient student.

Reentry is approved by application and is not guaranteed. The application deadlines are as follows:

Program Fall Spring Summer
Reentry July 15 December 1 May 1

Graduate students previously enrolled in the School of Public Health may only reenter the same graduate program or status in which they were last enrolled and they may be required to satisfy the degree requirements of the graduate catalog in effect at the time of reentry—the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services will notify the student of their requirements and update their program of study. Students will be required to change to the graduate catalog in effect at the time of reentry when they reenter the university after a period of two or more consecutive years in which they have earned no academic credit at Georgia State University. Students must be approved for reentry through the School—reentry is not guaranteed, even for students previously enrolled in School of Public Health graduate programs.

To apply as a reentry student, the following items should be submitted to the Office of Academic Assistance:

Completed application materials must be mailed to the address below by the deadline date:

School of Public Health
Georgia State University
Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services
P.O. Box 3984, Atlanta, GA 30302-3984

8010.80 Tuition Deposit

The School of Public Health requires newly accepted applicants into their degree or certificate programs to submit a portion of their first semester’s tuition at the time of acceptance. The advanced tuition, which is nonrefundable, guarantees the student’s place in the class.