Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application: GradCAS. Review the sections below before you begin.

Entrance requirements

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program seeks to admit students who:

  • Demonstrate the potential to be successful in graduate school
  • Are committed to the public health profession
  • Show evidence of their commitments through their interest, backgrounds, and experiences

Consideration for admission to the Master of Public Health Program requires the following:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.00*;
  2. Submission of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores. No minimum scores are required; however, students who are successful in the program generally have scores in the 40th percentile or higher. The following exemptions may be made for GRE scores: 
    1. Students who have earned a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. Institution and students currently enrolled in a Missouri State University graduate degree program are not required to submit GRE scores.
    2. Official scores from the GMAT, MCAT or LSAT from within the last 5 years may be submitted in lieu of the GRE.
  3. Submission of the Graduate Application and related fee;
  4. A 300-400 word personal statement of professional goals;
  5. Three letters of recommendation from employers or professors (current or recent) who can speak to the abilities of the student to succeed in graduate education;
  6. Voluntary or salaried work experience in one or more health or social service settings is highly desirable but not required; and
  7. International applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). See the required scores as noted on the Graduate College webpage. The IELTS will also be accepted.    

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the following deadlines: 

  • Fall admission - April 1
  • Spring admission - October 1 

Applicants are encouraged to begin the process at least 4 weeks (6 weeks for international applicants) prior to the deadline to ensure all supporting materials are received on time.

Accelerated MPH Option

An accelerated option is available for eligible Missouri State University undergraduate students. Students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Public Health (MPH) program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfies. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours chosen from approved 600- or 700-level courses may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. This option gives exceptional undergraduate students from a variety of majors the opportunity to complete the course requirements for the MPH degree in as little as three semesters and a summer after attaining the Bachelor's degree rather than the typical four to five semesters and a summer.

Contact the Director of the MPH program for further information and guidelines. Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the graduate program director, department head of the undergraduate program and the Dean of the Graduate College.