MS in Environmental Health

Application Requirements Quick Reference List


Fall 2016:

December 15, 2015



Bachelor’s degree attainment or work in progress. A bachelor’s degree must be conferred before beginning classes at SPH. Applicants should hold a degree in a field related to environmental health (i.e., a focused undergraduate program in biology, chemistry, physics, or engineering or a broader program in environmental sciences or public health) or must have completed substantial coursework in one of these fields.


None required.

Standardized Test Scores

GRE, GMAT or MCAT. Official valid test scores must have been taken within the last 5 years. Applicants may not waive this requirement.

Reporting Codes


Institution Code: 3101*
Department Code: Any


Reporting Code: P42-GS-99


Reporting Code: “SOPHAS”

In addition, international applicants must submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.

Academic Transcripts
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all registered coursework from each college or university attended. The SOPHAS Official Transcript Request Form must be included with each transcript. 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.

If you are currently in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript of courses completed and work in progress. If you are 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.

Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required as evidence of academic skills and interests. The committee will be especially interested in references from former undergraduate or graduate school professors and former supervisors of environmental health- or research-related employment. SOPHAS provides an electronic submission process for all letters of recommendation.
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
Applicants must provide a personal statement demonstrating their preparedness, interest, and elementary understanding of the environmental health research field. This statement should include:

  • Reason for studying environmental health
  • Desired area of study within the department
  • The anticipated value of environmental health training at BU to the candidate’s personal career plans
  • Relevance of prior education and experience to pursuing this degree.

CV or Résumé
A current résumé or curriculum vitae is required. This document should be uploaded directly to your SOPHAS application.
Supplemental Application

Upon receipt of your application from SOPHAS, you will be provided with a link to complete our brief supplemental application.

Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer Schlezinger
Program Director