Application Process

How to Apply

Apply online directly to the Purdue University Graduate School. Select Public Health Program and MPH degree. You should specify your career objectives in your goal statement. Follow the directions for submitting a complete application.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Applications must be submitted online and include:

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from academic sources)
  • Personal goal statement
  • Official grade transcripts from previous educational institution(s)
  • WES evaluations for all international transcripts is highly recommended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (> 290 and > 3.5 for Analytical Writing). (Please inquiry about GRE waiver)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for students applying to the stand-alone and dual-degree tracks
  • TOEFL scores (international students only) (>100 combined, >22 on all subscales; writing, speaking, reading and listening)

Combined Master’s Special Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • 90 completed bachelor’s credits at the start of the MPH program (senior status)
  • On track to graduate with bachelor’s degree within one year of start of MPH program 

The personal statement should describe why you are interested in the Public Health field and what experiences may have impacted your journey. You should Include the experiences that are related to public health. Make sure you answer the following questions in your personal statement:

  • Why Purdue’s Public Health Graduate Program?
  • What is your track and concentration of interest?
  • What are your public health experiences?
  • What is the relationship between public health training and your career goals?

Application Fee

The application fee is $60 for domestic students and $75 for international students. Application fees can be paid via credit card online.


The MPH Admissions Committee meets in early November to review all complete applications for the following spring semester and early February for fall admissions. This is when the bulk of graduate admissions are made.

Therefore, students applying for spring admission into the MPH program must have their application complete no later than October 15 for international applicants residing outside the U.S., and November 1 for domestic and international applicants residing within the U.S.

Students applying for a fall start date are strongly encouraged to have their application submitted by February 1. For fall admissions, all applications received after February 1 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the MPH Admissions Committee until June 1. Applications received by February 1 will receive priority consideration.

Fall (stand-alone, dual-degree, combined)Spring (stand-alone and dual-degree only)
U.S. Citizen February 1, Round 1
March 15, Round 2
June 1, Round 3
November 1
International February 1 October 15

*For ETS computer-based tests, score reports are sent to Purdue University electronically approximately 10 to 15 days after your test date. Once ETS has sent your score report and your application is submitted and paid, it may take an additional two to three weeks or longer for your application checklist to update and show as “received.” Please plan accordingly when scheduling your GRE and TOEFL testing dates to provide sufficient time for processing and reporting before the application deadline. 

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