Application Requirements

NOTE: We have learned that, due to the COVID 19 outbreak, standardized testing for graduate school admissions may be disrupted. Thus for the current admissions cycle (for admission into the classes that start in 2020), we will be waiving the GRE requirement.  Applicants do not need to submit their GRE scores this year to apply for the MPH Program or the MHA Program.

  • Applications are accepted through SOPHAS. Click here or Scroll to the end of the page for the link.
  • For Admissions Deadlines, click here
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA or better. Admitted students usually have GPAs that are higher than 3.0. The major must have an equivalent at the State University of New York (SUNY). 
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools. Transcripts for all degrees earned in schools outside the U.S. or Canada must be evaluated by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. See section on International applicants for more information about this process. The requirement for evaluation of transcripts is waived for graduates of foreign medical schools with a current license to practice in the U.S.
  • Official GRE (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) scores are required. Please note that we have a GRE program code (0622), which allows your score to be sent through SOPHAS. This requirement is waived for applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian university. Applicants to the MD/MPH program may substitute MCAT scores for the GRE. Applicants to the MBA/MPH program may substitute GMAT scores. Applicants to the DDS/MPH may substitute DAT scores. A request to substitute any other standardized test scores for the GRE needs to be submitted in writing to the MPH Academic Coordinator. 
  • Three references from persons who can address the applicant's capacity to provide leadership in public health and complete a course of graduate study. If the applicant is a student or has graduated within the last two years, at least one letter must be from a college or university faculty member with whom the applicant has studied. If the applicant is a member of the public health workforce, at least one letter must be from a senior administrator in the organization who is familiar with his/her work.
  • One essay is required for the application. It should be no more than 500 words and should be submitted with your application in SOPHAS.

Essay topic:  Public Health, in contrast to an individualized medical model of health care, assumes that the focus of attention is a population of individuals.  What does this mean to you?  And how does your background prepare you for a career which includes an emphasis on population health?

  • A personal interview, if requested by the Admissions Committee.
  • Completion of the on-line application.

For international applicants:

  • International applicants who trained in non-English speaking schools and do not reside in an English speaking country are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Students who fail to meet this requirement must enroll in a course at the Intensive English Center and achieve satisfactory grades before admission to graduate study. Students whose scores on either of these exams are more than two years old must retake the test. The expected minimum score is for the IELTS exam is 7, with no subsection below 6. The expected minimum score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 90.
    • We accept IELTS scores electronically.  Please provide the following information to your test center to arrange for your scores to be sent to us.
      Stony Brook University SUNY Program in Public Health
      HSC Level 3, Room 071
      STONY BROOK NY 11794
  • International students are required to have a course-by-course educational credential evaluation completed by an agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  We require using World Education Services (WES).  This evaluation provides a U.S. course equivalent including semester hours earned, course content, and corresponding letter grade for all courses listed on the international applicant’s transcript.  This evaluation must be completed before the application can be considered. 
  • For more information about international students services, click here

The Admissions Committee considers all factors including grades, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, essays, prior training, and professional experience. It is a goal of the Admissions Committee to select applicants who have the academic capability, aptitude, character, personal qualities, and commitment to provide future value to society through leadership and creative contributions to the field of public health.

The Admissions Committee encourages applications from persons in the public health workforce and weighs their professional experience heavily in admissions decisions.

Admission Requirements for Combined Programs:

Combined Undergraduate Programs

Combined Graduate Programs