Admission Requirements

MPH Career

The multi-faceted nature of the public health profession allows prospective students from diverse backgrounds (nurses, nutritionists, pharmacists, social and liberal art scientists, social workers, psychologists, engineers and physicians) to enter the field. The MPH program at Chicago State University admits diverse students from different educational backgrounds. To accommodate the anticipated diverse student group, the MPH curriculum will consider the academic background and life experience of the individual student.

Applicants whose background is not in health sciences will be required to take PUBH 5126: Biological Basis of Public Health course during the first semester. Prospective students seeking admission to the MPH program must meet the standards on academic ability and work experience. The Admissions Committee places emphasis on the qualifications and credentials of the students to succeed in public health practice.

Application to the MPH program must be made through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies,including paying the application fee, and original transcripts of the candidate’s undergraduate coursework. Application materials must be received by October 15 each year for the spring semester enrollment and March 15th each year for the fall semester enrollment. Early application is encouraged; applicants may apply to the program up to 12 months prior to the desired start date.

Students seeking admission into the MPH degree must meet the following admission requirements:

      1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4-point scale, for the final 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate and/or graduate education. Conditional admission will be considered for candidates with 2.9 to 2.99 grade point average in the last 60 hours of credit.

     2. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required with an official report from the examination agency. Successful candidates generally will have a composite score (verbal and quantitative) of 290 and above. The GRE will be waived for students with 1) a doctoral degree, eg., PHD, EdD, MD, DDS, DPharm, PSYD, DPT, JD, etc., or 2) a master's degree that involved completion of a thesis. 

     3. A curriculum vitae/resume.

     4. Personal statement describing past education, experience, and current professional career objectives.

     5. Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess their academic work, clinical, public health, professional experiences or leadership potential in public health.

Courses taken prior to admission to the MPH program must be approved at the time of admission if they are to be counted towards the degree. These courses must have a grade of B or better. Approval must be granted by both the department and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. To gain approval, an extra original transcript must accompany the application for consideration.

Upon admission into the program, a faculty advisor will be assigned to each student based on their specialty. The faculty advisor will monitor students’ performance each semester. Attention will be given to course grades and related measures of achievement.