Deadlines for Fall Admission

  • Domestic students apply by August 1.
  • International students apply by April 1.

Apply for Spring

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Domestic students, priority will be given to applications submitted up to Dec. 1.


Students are evaluated based on all materials submitted and will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above
  • GRE scores are not required and will not be considered
  • Personal Statement
    • Please ensure your statement is unique to the University at Buffalo and the name of the MPH concentration area to which you are applying
    • The statement should be a narrative that describes your:
      • Education and experience
      • Interest in public health
      • Interest in the specific MPH concentration area
      • Interest in the University at Buffalo
      • Career goals
      • Applicants are also encouraged to:   
        • Discuss their interest in health equity and/or Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the field of public health
        • Describe how their training will contribute to health equity/ DEI in public health. 
  • Contact information for three references
    • Some programs require contact information for two references. Please refer to your specific application for the number needed.
    • Applicants are encouraged to select references who served as faculty or instructors of courses previously taken, or faculty who advised or worked directly with the student previously. For applicants without recent college experience, professional references are allowable.
  • The following are highly recommended:
    • One general biology course
    • One health related science course (e.g., nutrition, anatomy, microbiology or physiology)
    • Two courses in behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in subjects such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science or economics
    • Statistics or other quantitative coursework
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
    • English proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following (use School 2925; School of Public Health and Health Professions to submit scores):
      • Minimum PTE Academic score of 55; The Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) and the Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) tests. Minimum University requirement for both of these new tests is 185 overall on the new scoring scale
      • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 for the rPDT paper-based test (our department prefers closer to 600), 79 for the Internet-based test (our department prefers closer to 100), or 8.5 for the TOEFL Essentials test; IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5;  or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores
      • Duolingo English Test (DET) with a minimum of 120
      • If you have completed a degree program in the United States and have a TOEFL score (or similar) that meets the minimum University at Buffalo requirements as cited above, you may submit a copy of that TOEFL score for a waiver of the TOEFL exam for this degree program
      • International students whose transcripts are not from a US accredited-based institution are required to submit a third-party evaluation. Applicants can submit these evaluations through SOPHAS, using the World Education Service (Wes). Wes is the preferred third-party evaluator for international transcripts. If applicants are unable to secure a Wes Evaluation, they should reach out to the admissions team for permission to submit an alternative NACES  accredited transcript evaluation. These requests should be sent to and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Supplemental materials

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This program is not STEM-approved.

Questions? Contact Us

Contact Noreen McGuire, academic program coordinator, at or (716) 829-6142.

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed at

SOPHAS is a service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health which represents CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.