Any applicant whose country of birth is English-speaking (as listed here) is not subject to the English Proficiency requirement. For applicants whose country of birth is not English-speaking, proof of English proficiency can be demonstrated through one of the following means:
- Proof of baccalaureate or graduate degree completion inside the U.S. (from an accredited institution) or outside the U.S., where English is the official language of academic instruction from an approved country (view this link for the list of approved countries)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores of 80 or above (internet-based test)
- International Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above
- Completion of a University System of Georgia approved ESL program
Two applications are required for this program:
- SOPHAS Application
- Georgia State University Graduate Supplemental GSU/CAS-Liaison Programs Application (select application type: GSU/CAS-Liaison Programs, then select college: School of Public Health)
Both applications and all supporting documents must be in by the deadline. Please note that SOPHAS verification does not mean your application is complete and ready for review for Georgia State University. All applications must be SOPHAS verified and Georgia State University complete before the review process can begin.
. Review the Ph.D. application process for information about admissions requirements.
For your Ph.D. application to be considered complete and ready for review, the required documents listed in the question above must be received by SOPHAS and verified. During the SOPHAS application process, you will receive emails from our Office of Academic Assistance & Graduate Admissions (OAA) containing follow-up questions or confirming receipt of your application. It is important for you to regularly check your email inbox and respond to emails from our OAA staff.
No. Applicants will only be admitted in the fall. The application and credentials deadline is December 15.
The following list is a summary of application requirements.
Documents should be submitted through SOPHAS.
- One copy of an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended.
- Three references from individuals knowledgeable of the applicant’s academic, professional and intellectual abilities. One of the letters must be an academic reference.
- A Statement of Interest and Professional Intent.
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Applicants with an earned doctorate (including an M.D. or J.D.) from an accredited institution in the U.S. do not need to take either examination.
- Additional requirements for international students are found HERE.
Yes. The GRE/GMAT are not required for admission to School of Public Health graduate programs.
The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
Admission preference will be given to students who have already acquired a Master of Public Health (MPH) or equivalent degree. You must possess at least a Masters-level graduate degree to be admitted into the Ph.D. program. Students who hold a master's degree in a discipline other than public health will be considered case-by-case.
Acceptance to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive. On average, eight to 10 new students are accepted each year.
Yes. Once a pool of competitive applicants is selected and notified, in-person or phone interviews will be scheduled. Final selection decisions will be made after the completion of all interviews.
Please e-mail your questions to [email protected].
Once your application and materials have arrived in our office, they become the property of Georgia State University. For this reason, no materials will be returned or released to an applicant or to any other party, such as another school or external agencies, for example. Moreover, your application fee is nonrefundable and will not be returned if your application is withdrawn or denied.