Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) offers cutting-edge degree programs in flexible part-time and online formats. Experience a public health education designed to fit your schedule from BUSPH, ranked the #6 graduate school of public health by U.S. News & World Report.
The primary benefit of becoming a part-time graduate student is the ability to earn a public health degree while staying committed to your current career. Pursuing your Master of Science (MS) or Master of Public Health (MPH) program on a part-time schedule also allows you to apply new skills you’re learning in the classroom directly to your ongoing work.
BU strives to make our part-time public health programs accessible to our students through financial aid and student support services. We no longer require GRE scores for admission.
Part-Time Public Health Programs
At Boston University, part-time status is defined as fewer than 12 credits per semester. Part-time options for our public health programs include courses that meet once per week, during the day as well as at night. Certain public health programs may be completed with evening-only courses or through fully online courses. Please consult the program director for details.
You can set your own pace for completing your public health program as a part-time graduate student with the flexibility to change your status as needed. The School of Public Health course schedules include Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Online MPH core courses are offered in the Fall or Spring semesters. You have up to five years to complete the MPH or the MS degree on a part-time basis.
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.
Online Part-Time Programs
The following public health degree programs can be completed part-time with some, or all classes being offered online:
- Master of Public Health — 25% 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 and a goal-affirming decision, and the School of Public Health is here the make the transition as smooth as possible through an array of financial aid resources for our part-time graduate students.
- In 2018, we awarded over $6.4 million in scholarships to our graduate students.
- 93% of students at the School of Public Health received funding in the forms of fellowships, scholarships, loans, or tuition remission.
Graduate Student Resources
- Academic Support Resources
- Activist Lab
- BUSPH Student Facebook Group
- Campus Resources
- Graduate Student Life Instagram
- Student Resources
Public Health Career Resources
At BUSPH, our Career & Practicum Office services are available to you for life. Our career development resources include individual career advising appointments, mock interviews, and career tools available to you online.
Drop-in hours are available for resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn consultation. In addition, the Career & Practicum Office hosts career fairs, information sessions, workshops, and alumni events— held both on-campus and virtually.
- Daily Job & Student Practicum Postings: BUSPH Handshake
- Career P.R.E.P. Program
- Online Public Health Career Library
- Information about Fellowships
Learn More About BU School of Public Health
BU’s School of Public Health offers a variety of part-time, online options to complete an MPH degree program or Master of Science degree in the public health field. Completing a part-time program provides access to our transformative public health education in a format that better meets the needs of busy professionals.
Request information to learn more about becoming a part-time graduate student at the School of Public Health.