Admission to Master of Public Health

Fall Admissions

Please note that one may be admitted for study in either MPH concentration beginning in fall. Students pursuing the concentration in Global and Community Health may begin study either fall or spring semester. Fall 2016 priority deadline applications should be received by April 1st, we implement rolling admissions decisions after that date.

Admissions Requirements

  • Submission of the “Application for Graduate Admission” and payment of the application fee to the Marshall University Graduate College.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Waivers to the GPA requirement may be made in very exceptional circumstances, such as when prior satisfactory graduate school performance has been demonstrated.
  • Submission of scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  Applicants may request permission to submit results from a doctoral level health professions examination in lieu of the GRE.  All examination reports submitted must reflect current valid scores.  Applicants holding doctoral level health practitioner degrees are exempt from the standardized exam requirement, but may submit current GRE scores in support of an application.
  • Submission of the application to the MPH program, including personal statement not to exceed two pages in length.
  • Receipt of official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions by the Graduate College of Marshall University, and official transcripts of other coursework as the program may require.
  • Submission of three (3) letters of recommendation. At least two must be from previous faculty if the applicant has engaged in full-time post-secondary study in the previous five years.
  • Resume of work history or curriculum vitae, to describe both post-secondary work and study.
  • Individual interview may be employed by the Admissions Committee in making admissions decisions, as well as in consideration of scholarship support.

How your Application is Evaluated

We consider the totality of each application.  A student’s previous academic record (GPA & rigor of academic program/major) and GRE test scores help predict success in undertaking graduate work.  However, many other factors are critically important, including an individual’s experience, professionalism, and commitment to a public health career.  Employment history, research and volunteer experience, and insightful letters of recommendation contribute to providing a more complete picture of a candidate. You should note that on the MPH Supplemental Application that one applies to a specific track, and thus the Admissions Committee can consider an applicant’s potential in that specialization.  An individual’s strengths in academic preparation, experience or other attributes can make for a particularly desirable fit which may offset other weaknesses in an application.  It is important to note that a change in specialization may be made before the second semester without incurring a need for additional terms of study.

A look at our current class statistics can be helpful in planning your application.  The average GPA of admitted students for Fall 2014 was 3.3, with a mean combined verbal/quantitative GRE score of 294.  The latter score may be a bit misleading as several students utilized either an MCAT or PCAT test in place of the GRE, or were waived from the requirement as they held a doctoral degree in health professions.  We project a more competitive admissions process in 2015.  Again, we will examine the totality of each application, but one must consider that graduate study poses greater challenges for most students, and the Admissions Committee seeks to ensure that a student can be successful.


First, you should submit the Graduate College Application.  This ensures that a file is immediately created and your application material processing is expedited. Simply go directly to the Admissions website to begin the application process.

Please note the following:

  • You will need to first register with a user name and password.
  • The location of enrollment is “Huntington”.
  • The major is “Public Health”, and the code for the Master of Public Health is “GHAØ” (a zero at the end).
  • While the application specifies West Virginia, Metro and Non-resident fees, please note that Metro and Non-resident fees are equivalent.
  • Please skip the prompt, “Please attach a separate page with additional information..”. Your personal statement in the Supplemental Application form meets this requirement.

You will also need to complete the application to the Graduate Program of Public Health: 2016-2017 MPH Application

To help you through the steps to complete your application, we have provided an MPH Application Checklist.

Please note that all materials for your application must be submitted through the Marshall University Graduate Admissions office.  We receive only complete applications for review, so please make sure you have submitted all materials.

To ensure you know when all your materials have been received, we will email you as soon as we have a complete application file.

Please write or call if we may assist you in the application process!  //