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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The program is recommended for mid-career public health professionals who want to learn more about administration and policy. In order to be admitted, successful applicants should have at least three years of public health experience or a relevant post-graduate degree.


Application to the Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration must be completed with the submission of two forms: the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) form and the UIC supplemental application fee form. Please note that there is a fee associated with each form.

Applicants must also submit the following supplemental documents:

   1. Transcripts
   2. GRE Scores
   3. Curriculum Vitae
   4. Statement of Purpose and Objectives
   5. References

1. U.S. TRANSCRIPTS - Applicants must provide a separate official transcript from every U.S. institution attended. All official transcripts must be sent directly to SOPHAS. While a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 is required, a GPA close to 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is recommended. See below for information about foreign transcripts.

2. GRE SCORES - Combined Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of at least 1000 (verbal plus quantitative) are required. Official, certified or attested copies of the GRE test scores must be sent directly to:

      University of Illinois at Chicago
      Office of Graduate Admissions (MC 018)
      Box 7994 
      Chicago, Illinois 60680-7994

      See the FAQ page of our Web site for information about waiving the GRE requirement.

3. CURRENT RESUME OR CURRICULUM VITAE - Upload in the CV/Resume section of the SOPHAS application.

4. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES - Provide a personal essay in SOPHAS describing your past education, experience and current professional career objectives. You are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans you have to use your education and training; the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study; and any personal qualities, characteristics and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study.

5. REFERENCES - Provide 3 letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess your academic work; clinical, public health or professional experiences; or leadership potential in public health. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to SOPHAS in online or in paper format. NOTE: Electronic submission is preferred.


1. FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS - International academic documents that are evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service that holds membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) are also acceptable.

2. TOEFL SCORES - International applicants must present evidence of English competency. Official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, must be sent to UIC. UIC's institution code for the TOEFL is 1851. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Minimum scores required: paper-based TOEFL = 550, computer based TOEFL = 213, IBT total score = 80. The USMLE and ECFMG will not be considered in lieu of the TOEFL or as evidence of English competency. See the FAQ page of our Web site for information about waiving the TOEFL requirement. TOEFL scores may be submitted directly to Code 5688 SOPHAS in Massachusetts.

3. Additional admissions requirements for international students are available on the UIC School of Public Health Admissions page.

Please visit the Application Instructions page to learn more about the application process.

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