Master of Public Health (MPH) and Dual Degree Programs

Wondering if you may be a good fit for the program? Take a look at our Class Profile.

Dual degree applicants must apply and be accepted to both programs in order to begin a dual degree program. Please see notes regarding each dual program below.

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority Deadline: February 1
The priority deadline has already passed. Please contact Admissions if you have any questions about applications for Fall 2014.

Spring Priority Deadline: October 15
Applications for Spring 2014 are no longer available. Applications for Spring 2015 will open in August of 2014.


Education: A bachelor’s degree attainment or work in progress. A bachelor’s degree must be conferred before attending SPH. There are no specific course requirements to be completed at the undergraduate level.

Experience: None required. Work, volunteer, research, and/or internship experience relevant to public health is valued in the review process.

Test Scores

GRE, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, or DAT. Please review our test-specific reporting codes.

Official valid test scores must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may not waive this requirement for any reason.

International applicants must also submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and objectives, intended to give applicants the opportunity to submit a narrative describing past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Applicants must address the following three questions:

  • What are your reasons for pursuing a Master of Public Health?
  • Why do you wish to pursue your MPH at Boston University School of Public Health?
  • How do you intend to leverage your MPH in a career of public health practice?

Though there is no set limit, most statements are 1–2 pages, single-spaced.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must have official transcripts for all registered coursework submitted from each institution directly to SOPHAS using their Official Transcript Request Form. This documentation must be sent from the registrar or designated school records official directly to SOPHAS. Official transcripts will not be accepted from the applicant. Photocopies of official transcripts or unofficial records will not be accepted. International transcripts, including study abroad transcripts, may have additional requirements. Transcripts should be ordered at least 1–2 weeks before deadlines to ensure that they arrive at SOPHAS in a timely manner.

If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript showing completed coursework and all work in progress. If accepted for admission, a final official transcript after degree conferral must be submitted directly to Boston University prior to matriculation.

SPH reserves the right to reevaluate your application for admission upon receipt of the final official transcript.

Letters of Recommendation

SPH requires three letters of recommendation for the applicant portfolio to be considered complete. Recommenders should be able to evaluate academic or professional work, evaluate abilities to undertake graduate study, and comment on an applicants potential as a public health professional.

SOPHAS provides an electronic submission process for all letters of recommendation.

Please see our FAQ for more information.

CV or Résumé

A current curriculum vitae or résumé is required. This document should be uploaded directly to the SOPHAS application.

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page.

Dual Degree Applicant Information

In addition to following the application procedures above, please see additional degree-specific information below.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to the MS program first, for fall entry. Current students within the MS program may then apply to the MPH for a future semester. Please visit the Graduate Medical Sciences website for details on how to apply to the MS program in Medical Sciences.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply to both programs concurrently for fall entry. Alternatively, first-semester MBA students may apply to the MPH for the spring semester during their first year. Decisions from the schools are made independently but we make every effort to provide admission decisions concurrently. Please visit the School of Management website for details on how to apply to the MBA program.


Applicants are encouraged to apply to the MPH portion of this program while in their first or second year of law school at BU. Alternatively, applicants may apply concurrently to both programs for fall entry. Please visit the School of Law website for details on how to apply to the JD program.


Applicants are encouraged to apply to both programs concurrently for fall entry or apply to the MPH portion of the dual program as a first-year MSW student. Alternatively, first-year MPH students may also apply to the MSW portion of the program. Please visit the School of Social Work website for details on how to apply to the MSW program.


Applicants must apply to the MPH portion of this program while enrolled in the MD program at BU School of Medicine. Medical students from outside BU may not take part in this dual degree program.