How do I apply for the Ph.D. in Public Health program?
Will you accept applicants in the Spring?
No. Applicants will only be admitted in the Fall. The application and credentials deadline is December 1.
What are the application requirements?
The following list is a summary of application requirements. All documents should be submitted through SOPHAS.
- One copy of an official transcript from all colleges and/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.
Will you only accept the GRE/GMAT?
We only accept scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Scores must not be more than 5 years old. MCAT and LSAT scores will not be accepted as substitutes for the GRE/GMAT. Visit the following sites for more details:
GRE Registration: http://www.ets.org/
GMAT Registration: http://www.gmac.com
Are GRE/GMAT scores waived?
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.
What are the codes for sending my standardized test scores?
Official GRE scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) by using the code 3750. There is not currently a SOPHAS code for the GMAT, so GMAT scores should be sent directly to Georgia State University from ETS using the code 5251. Score reports from third parties will not be accepted.
What is the minimum required GRE to enter the Ph.D. program?
Competitive GRE test scores (Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing) should range in the 60th – 70th percentile for all sections. The School of Public Health does not have a minimum score requirement, but applicants with scores below 300 are unlikely to be admitted.
What is the minimum required GPA (undergraduate & graduate) to enter the Ph.D. program?
While no minimum GPAs are required, applicants with a cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.2, respectively, are considered more competitive. The Admissions Committee will also take into account the rigor of the academic program and degree.
Are there different admissions requirements for citizens of countries other than the U.S.?
For international applicants from countries/education programs in which English is not the official language, scores from the TOEFL exam are required. Click here for requirements for international applicants. For information on Georgia State University’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), click HERE.
I am an international student and have a Master's degree from a U.S. school. Do I need to take the TOEFL exam?
The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
Can I be admitted to the Ph.D. program without a MPH degree?
Admission preference will be given to students who have already acquired a Masters in 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 on a case-by-case basis.
How competitive is the admissions process?
Acceptance to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive. On average, 8-10 new students are accepted each year.
Is there an interview process?
Yes. Once a pool of competitive applicants is selected and notified, individual in-person or phone interviews will be scheduled. Final selection decisions will be made subsequent to the completion of all interviews.
Who can I contact in the School of Public Health for further information?
Please e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I am not recommended for admission or wish to withdraw my application, may I have my materials back?
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.
What criteria do you consider in the admission process?
The admissions committee will consider a variety of criteria in the selection of doctoral students including official GRE/GMAT scores, academic performance in previous degree programs, academic and professional background and experiences, recommendation letters, and the applicant’s personal statement. Additionally, competitive applicants will interview with SPH faculty in order to further determine research interests and academic potential.
What is the typical background of a successful applicant?
Although the selection of applicants is based on a variety of criteria, a successful Ph.D. applicant will exhibit a solid academic and professional background, with evidence of meaningful experience in the field of public health or a closely related field. This experience should be reflected in a personal statement that demonstrates a significant motivation for conducting and sharing public health research. Additionally, letters of recommendation should provide clear evidence of the applicant’s potential as an independent researcher. Successful applicants will also show above-average performance on the GRE/GMAT.