The admissions policies of the CUNY School of Public Health are based on the CUNY mission of access and excellence. The School seeks students that reflect the diversity of New York City and can meet the needs of the local, national and international public health workforce. All prospective students are encouraged to attend an Information Session

For the Graduate and Doctoral Programs you must use SOPHAS to apply.

Frequently asked questions on SOPHAS application process

To apply:


BS Admissions Requirements

For program specific requirements, please click here.

DEADLINE: February 1st

  • Two different applications must be submitted – Transfer & Departmental
  • All applicants are considered “transfer” students, even if you completed your first 60 credits at Hunter College
    1. Submit a CUNY “Undergraduate Transfer Application” online
    2. Have all Official Transcripts sent directly to the following address: University Application Processing Center, PO Box 359023, Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023
    3. Check COMHE and NUTR department application requirements on CUNY SPH Website

MPH/MS Admissions Requirements

For program specific requirements, please click here.

DEADLINE: March 1

  • Completed Application through SOPHAS
  • Statement of purpose (500 words)
  • Official Transcript of all previous coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • At least one year preferred of paid or volunteer experience in public health or a related field; coursework can be substituted for certain programs
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – Writing, Quantitative and Verbal, within the past 5 years (ETS Code:7914)
  • TOEFL (Code 5688 SOPHAS) – If undergraduate degree is from country where the official language is a language other than English
  • Additional Specialization – For Specific Admission Requirements see requirements for each program

DPH Admissions Requirements

DEADLINE: December 15

Applicants to the DPH Program must apply through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for schools of public health.

All applicants must a completed application through SOPHAS which includes:

  • GRE scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • CV/Resume indicating at least three years of prior relevant teaching, research or programmatic work experience
  • A personal statement
  • Completion of a Masters of Public Health degree. Applicants with a Masters or higher level degree in another discipline will need to take five core Masters level public health courses. If accepted to the DPH program, three courses must be completed prior to enrollment and the remaining two within the first year of matriculation:
    1. Biostatistics;
    2. Epidemiology;
    3. Environmental Health;
    4. Social and Behavioral Dimensions of Health; and
    5. Health Policy and Management