Division of
Public Health

College of Human Medicine

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All courses offered within this degree are delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered by the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Michigan State University. However, MPH students may request prior approval to enroll in public health related on-campus courses as electives, although there is no guarantee of approval.

The sections below detail all the information needed to apply for admission to the MPH program. 

Applications to the MPH are accepted throughout the year. Admission is done on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.  

Application Deadlines

Semester Classes Begin Application Deadlines
Fall Late August May 31, 11:59p.m.
Spring January September 30, 11:59p.m.
Summer May February 28, 11:59p.m.

International Applicants

International applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted at least four months prior to the specified deadline of the semester for which they are applying. Please note: due to the online nature of the MPH program, international applicants are unable to obtain the I-20 necessary for a student visa to study in the U.S. International applicants must be able to complete our program from their home country unless they are currently in the U.S. with an unrestricted visa. Please contact the Office for International Students and Scholars (oiss@msu.edu) for more information on visa restrictions and online learning. 

Residents of Canada: Michigan State University is unable to offer online-only programs to residents of Canada.  For more information, please visit https://esp.msu.edu/stateauth.asp.  

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship: This scholarship will not cover the cost of completing online programs.  Applicants who are reliant on this scholarship cannot apply to the Master of Public Health degree as it is an online-only degree program.  Applicants who are reliant on this scholarship may search for on-campus programs by visiting the Academic Programs Catalog.  Please contact the individual programs directly to ensure their on-campus presence.

Please contact mcfs@msu.edu for more information.


Application Requirements

Master of Public Health Application Requirements

  • Application for Graduate Study at Michigan State University (with associated application fee)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university*
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary university attended, including MSU 
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing interest/experience in the public health discipline and career goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Test scores from a standardized graduate or professional school test 

* Undergraduates are welcome to submit an application. Admission decisions are contingent upon receiving official degree-granting transcripts. The applicant’s degree must be granted within three consecutive semesters of the semester for which they applied.

Additional Requirements for MSU Undergraduates Applying for Dual Undergraduate Enrollment

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Official test scores from an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, MELAB, MSUELT, or IELTS)

Dual Enrollment Application Requirements 

Applicants who are currently accepted or enrolled in another MSU graduate program at the time of application to the MPH are applying to become a dually enrolled student. That means they will be completing the requirements of two graduate programs simultaneously. The following materials are required for dual enrollment applications:

  • MSU Application for Graduate Study (with associated application fee)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be on record with the University (applicants should contact the MPH office to confirm accessibility of transcripts)
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s program advisor or director
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement including a description of the applicant’s interest/experience in public health and career goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Test scores from a standardized graduate or professional test

Applicants who have not yet been accepted into an MSU graduate program follow the MPH application requirements.


Application Steps

1.  Submit the Appropriate Application

Applicants access the MSU Application for Graduate Study, complete the application, and submit the $50 application fee.

  • For questions regarding financial hardship and application fees, applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at 517-355-8332 or admis@msu.edu. Please note: the Division of Public Health does not pay application fees for prospective students.

It is imperative applicants provide a valid email address as decision letters are sent via email.

An MSU applicant ID number is provided after submission of the appropriate application. This is needed for submission of application requirements specific to the Master of Public Health program.

2.  Create a "Be a Spartan" Account

Applicants create a Be a Spartan account following the directions received by email. The applicant ID number (provided with submission of an MSU application) is required.

Applicants who have submitted their application and have not received an email with instructions regarding "Be a Spartan", should contact the university’s Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332. The Office of Admissions should also be contacted if difficulties with "Be a Spartan" arise during the application process.

3.  Submit Application Materials Required by the Master of Public Health Degree Program

Applicants must submit the following materials using the "Be a Spartan" portal:  

Letters of recommendation

  • Recommendation letters must come from academic or professional references. The Admissions Committee does not accept letters written from personal references.
  • Letters of recommendation from academic or professional references must be submitted on the organization's letterhead.
  • The Admissions Committee looks for letters of recommendation that address the following topics:
    • The applicant’s academic or professional capabilities
    • The applicant’s leadership skills
    • The applicant’s work ethic
    • The applicant’s ability to successfully complete graduate level work
    • The applicant’s personal qualities consistent with professionalism and teamwork
    • Any significant actions or accomplishments
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the letter writer or through a secure letter service such as Interfolio. Letters uploaded by applicants will not be accepted.
  • Applicants input the e-mail addresses of their recommenders within their portal.  The system then sends them an email with instructions on how they can upload their letter directly to the applicant's portal.

Personal statement 

  • The personal statement should be a concise, well-written document discussing the applicant's interest in public health and how their experiences (personal and professional) have influenced that interest. It is recommended that applicants discuss how their career goals align with public health and their pursuit of an MPH.
  • The personal statement does not have to be submitted on the university application. If the applicant does not submit their personal statement on the university application, it must be uploaded to their applicant portal.
  • The personal statement has no minimum length requirement.

Resume or CV 

  • The Admissions Committee highly recommends applicants include volunteer experience on their resume.

Academic statement (not required)

  • Applicants are provided the opportunity to submit an academic statement if they feel they have experienced an academic situation that they would like to explain to the Admissions Committee. This option is highly recommended if an applicant has a less than a 3.0 GPA, individual semesters with poor performance, multiple withdrawals, less than preferable standardized graduate or professional school test scores, etc.   

Test scores form a standardized graduate or professional school test

  • Test scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • Examples of test scores accepted: GRE, GMAT, MCAT, DAT, LSAT, etc.
  • Scores above the 50th percentile preferred.
  • To upload test scores, applicants may take a screenshot from the official testing website and upload it to their applicant portal as a pdf.
    • The screenshot must include the applicant's full name, test date, overall score, and all subset scores.
    • Applicants may also request their scores to be sent directly to MSU by using the institution code 1465.
  • A waiver may be requested for this requirement if an applicant has a previously conferred graduate or professional degree.  The waiver request form can be downloaded here: MPH Waiver Request Form.  Applicants upload the completed waiver request under the file type "Test Score" in their applicant portal.

Official transcripts directly from the institution.    

  • Via mail to: Admission and Enrollment Management Office, Master of Public Health, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University, 200 East 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502
    • Hard copy transcripts must arrive to our office in an envelope sealed by the institution's registrar. Transcripts that have been opened by the student are deemed unofficial and will not be accepted.
  • Electronically: through the use of a secure transcript service such as AVOW (powered by Parchment) or eSCRIP-SAFE directly to MSU Office of Admissions (admis@msu.edu).
  • International transcripts:
    • May only be requested to be sent via mail.  Electronic international transcripts will not be accepted.
    • An attested copy of the diploma must also be requested directly from the institution.
    • Chinese transcripts require an official verification report from the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) (www.cdgdc.edu.cn). This official verification report must come to our academic office in an official sealed, unopened envelope from the CDGDC – the applicant is not to open the official sealed envelope as that will make the transcripts unacceptable.
    • Michigan State University does not accept WES evaluations or any other report from a credential evaluation agency in lieu of official sealed transcripts from the applicant's institution.

International applicants must request official English language proficiency test scores be sent using the institution code: 1465.

  • Test scores cannot be more than five years old.
  • Examples of test scores accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, MSUELT, PTE A.
  • University test score minimums for English language proficiency scores can be found here, https://grad.msu.edu/sites/default/files/content/apply/ENGLISH%20LANGUAGE%20PROFICIENCY.pdf.
  • A waiver for the English language proficiency test requirement may be requested for situations defined by the Graduate School.  The waiver request form can be downloaded here: MPH Waiver Request Form.  There is no guarantee waiver requests will be approved except in the following circumstances:
    • International applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
    • International applicants who earned a master’s degree at an AAU institution on a U.S. campus (http://www.aau.edu/about/default.aspx?id=16710).  In this case previous English language proficiency test scores are helpful but not required.
    • Applicants may contact us with questions regarding specific situations. 

Application Status

Questions regarding application status are to be directed through the Be a Spartan application portal e-messaging system. 

Direct any questions or issues with the "Be a Spartan" application portal to the Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332.

MPH Degree

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State Authorization: Distance Education Restrictions Based on Permanent Residence

Michigan State University is obligated to comply with existing state laws regarding distance education (programs/departments offering courses delivered exclusively online). State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. The Master of Public Health offered through the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health at Michigan State University requires a practicum experience that constitutes a physical presence in some states, therefore restricting enrollment in our program to residents of those states.

Prior to applying, please visit, https://esp.msu.edu/StateSummary.pdf, for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states.  For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website, https://esp.msu.edu/stateauth.asp.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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Public Health Degree Office

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