Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) offers cutting-edge degree programs in flexible part-time formats. Students pursuing an on-campus MPH or MS degree can switch between full-time and part-time status. Experience a public health education designed to fit your schedule from BUSPH, ranked the #8 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 or review 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.

On-Campus MPH Program

You can set your own pace for completing your on-campus MPH program as a part-time graduate student with the flexibility to change your status as needed. BUSPH course schedules include Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.  There are several on-campus MPH core courses that are also offered online in the Fall or Spring semesters. You have up to five years to complete the MPH (or the MS degree program) on a part-time basis.

Online MPH Program

The Online MPH program offers a fully online program that is self-paced for working professionals to continue their full-time careers without disruption. There are no in-person courses, orientation, seminars, or meetings required.

International Students

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.

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 2021, we awarded over $12 million in scholarships to our graduate students.
  • 93% of students at the School of Public Health received funding in the forms of fellowshipsscholarshipsloans, or tuition remission.
  • All students accepted to the standalone on-campus MPH program are guaranteed scholarship aid.

Learn more about financing your part-time public health program.

Public Health Career Resources

On-campus students have access to the largest Career & Practicum Office amongst all public health schools and programs. 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.

Learn More About BU School of Public Health

BUSPH offers a variety of part-time options to complete a Master of Public Health 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 working professionals.

Request information to learn more about becoming a part-time graduate student at the School of Public Health.