Admissions Policy


Full admission to the School of Public Health requires a GPA of 2.75 or higher (based on the applicant’s cumulative or upper division).  Departments prefer to admit masters level applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or above.  A department may admit an applicant with a GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 without approval of the Dean or the Dean’s designee.  Applicants not meeting admission requirements may be admitted based on exception, but only after review by Academic Affairs and the Office of the Dean or Dean’s designee.

 

Degree

Minimum GPA 1

Minimum Prior Degree

Requirement 2

Exam Requirements

Application Source

MPH

3.0

Bachelor’s

GRE 3

SOPHAS

MHA 4

3.0

Bachelor’s

GRE or GMAT

SOPHAS

MSPH

3.0

Bachelor’s

GRE

SOPHAS

Ph.D.

3.0

Bachelor’s 5

GRE or GMAT

SOPHAS

Dr.PH

3.0

Masters 5

GRE

SOPHAS

Certificate (Grade Option)

3.0

Bachelor’s

N/A

SOPHAS

Certificate (Satisfactory Unsatisfactory)

2.5

Bachelor’s

N/A

SOPHAS

1 Minimum Grade Point Average requirement of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale preferred.  Exceptions below 2.75 approved by Dean or Dean’s designee.

2 Applicants graduating from U.S. schools must submit a conferred degree transcript from a United States regionally accredited higher education institution indicating completion of a degree.  Applicants graduating from non-U.S. schools must submit a conferred degree transcript from their higher education institution indicating completion of a degree.

3 Applicants to the MPH program who have a previously earned master’s or doctoral degree from a United States regionally accredited higher education institution or provide evidence of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduate (ECFMG) certification are waived from the GRE requirement.  For all other applicants the GRE is preferred, but the MCAT, DAT, PCAT, LSAT, and GMAT may be substituted.  Official scores are required.  If official scores from the testing agency are not available the GRE will have to be submitted.  Any exceptions must be approved by the department, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean.

4 Applicants are required to participate in a personal interview.

  5 Most successful applicants to the program will hold a master’s degree (e.g., MPH, MSPH) from an accredited program in public health.  Applicants may be asked to participate in a personal interview if elements of their application need clarification.

 


Master and Doctoral Application Requirements

Applicants are required to submit all college transcripts, including conferred degree transcripts for any degree earned, a personal statement, (3) letters of recommendation, a complete application submitted through www.sophas.org, and a supplemental application to be reviewed for admission.  Note: GRE scores must be submitted officially from Educational Testing Service (ETS), and are good for (5) years, scores older than five years will result in applicant being required to retake the exam and submit current scores to the Office of Student Affairs.

 All applicants are required to complete immunization requirements as outlined in Texas A&M HSC Guideline 34.99.99.Z1.01 upon matriculation. 

International Applicant (Additional requirements)

International applicants must submit the same requirements noted above along with all Office of International Services (OIS) mandated documentation as outlined by the OIS.  Failure to submit required documents will postpone admission review, and could impact issuance of the 120 credential.  All international applicants must show English language proficiency by scoring (500) or higher on the GRE verbal, or submitting TOEFL scores of minimally (95) on the internet administered test, (240) on computer administered, and (587) on paper test.  

If an international applicant possesses a degree from a United States regionally accredited higher education institution no English language proficiency requirements (TOEFL) will be required.  International applicants who provide evidence of ECFMG certification will be waived from the TOEFL requirement. 

International applicants must also submit their international academic credentials to World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for a course by course evaluation and US equivalency determination.  The only exception is if an international applicant has received a master or doctoral degree from a US institution.  In that case the bachelor credentials need not be sent to WES for verification.