Becoming a Part-Time Student at SPH
Ranked #8 graduate school of public health by US News & World Report, Boston University School of Public Health offers our cutting-edge degree programs in flexible formats designed to fit your schedule. Attending SPH part time allows you to apply new skills you’re learning in the classroom directly to your current job and our Career & Practicum Office services are available to you for life. We no longer require GRE scores for admission.
Part-Time Options at SPH
- Part-time status is defined as fewer than 12 credits per semester.
- Part-time options include courses that meet once per week, during the day as well as at night. Some programs may be completed with evening-only courses. Please consult the program director for details.
- Schedules include Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Online MPH core courses are offered in the Fall or Spring semesters.
- You can set your own pace for completing your degree program. You have up to five years to complete the MPH or the MS degree.
International students are required to be full time, except during their last semester. Please check with the BU Global Programs: International Students & Scholars Office for program restrictions.
Programs Available Part Time — Online Options
The following degree programs can be completed part time:
- Master of Public Health — 25% of the program can be completed off campus (online)
- Executive Master of Public Health — 100% of the program can be completed off campus (online)
- Graduate Certificate in Public Health — any amount of the program, up to 100%, can be completed off campus (online)
- MS in Applied Biostatistics
- MS in Population Health Research — 25% of the program can be completed off campus (online)
Funding Opportunities for Your Degree
A graduate degree in public health is an investment in your future. At Boston University School of Public Health, we understand how important finances are in making the decision to attend graduate school. We offer many resources to assist incoming graduate students. Graduate school is a goal-affirming decision and we are here to make the transition as smooth as possible.
- In 2018, we awarded over $6.4 million in scholarships to our graduate students.
- 92% of students at the School of Public Health received funding in the forms of fellowships, scholarships, loans, or tuition remission.
- The School is committed to supporting students. Read the Note from Dean Sandro Galea on BUSPH offering comprehensive scholarship aid packages.
Student Life Resources
- Part Time Student Organization (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- SPH Registration
- Student Signature Events
- Online Orientation/resources
- Activist Lab
- Student Resources
- Campus Resources
- BUSPH Student Facebook Group
- Graduate Student Life Instagram
- Daily Job & Student Practicum Postings: BUSPH Handshake
- Individual Career Advising Appointments Including Mock Interviews
- Resume, Cover Letter & LinkedIn Drop-In Hours
- Online Mock Interview and Resume Tools
- Career Fairs, Info Sessions and Alumni Events (on-campus and virtual)
- Career-Related Workshops
- Career P.R.E.P. Program: Prepare / Reach / Emerge / Propel
- Online Public Health Career Library
- Information about Fellowships
- Business Cards
- More Information On All Resources