PhD in Environmental Health Science

Application Requirements Quick Reference List


Fall 2015:

Applications are currently closed.

Fall 2016:

Applications will be made available through SOPHAS in August of 2015 with an expected deadline of December 1, 2015.



Bachelor’s degree attainment or work in progress. A bachelor’s degree must be conferred before beginning classes at SPH.

Though the PhD program will consider exceptional candidates with a bachelor’s degree, a graduate degree in a relevant field is highly encouraged.


None required.

Standardized Test Scores

GRE 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: “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 or WES ICAP Evaluation
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. International applicants should submit a WES ICAP evaluation.

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 letters of recommendation are required as evidence of academic skills and interest. 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
A personal statement is intended to give an applicant the opportunity to submit a narrative describing past education and experience, current research interests, and professional career objectives.

Applicants are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following:

  • reasons for pursuing a PhD in environmental health
  • how the applicant’s experience and education have prepared them for doctoral study
  • a description of general research interests
  • reason for interest in SPH, which may include mention of specific faculty members and/or research projects
  • long-term career goals

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


Dr. Michael McClean
Program Director