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
  • Submit a CUNY “Undergraduate Transfer Application” online
  • Have all Official Transcripts sent directly to the following address: University Application Processing Center, PO Box 359023, Brooklyn, NY 11235-9023
  • Check COMHE and NUTR department application requirements on CUNY SPH Website


MPH/MS Admissions Requirements

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DEADLINE: Extended May 1, 2015

  1. SOPHAS online application
  2. Application fee: $120 for your first selection + $45 for each additional one.
    • You can select up to 3 programs within CUNY SPH for the price of one!
  3. Official transcripts of all institutions attended (GPA of at least 3.0)
  4. Personal statement / statement of purpose (500 words)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Resume
  7. Background in the field
    • Academic knowledge – 18 credits of health related courses
    • Work experience – one year in related job, internship, volunteer position, etc.
  8. TOEFL – only for those whose native/studies language is not English
    • SOPHAS’ TOEFL code is 5688
  9. Transcript evaluation – for all applicants with international transcripts
    • Must be from World Education Services (WES).
  10. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) – Writing, Quantitative and Verbal
    • Not required of those with an advanced degree from a U.S. accredited school
    • SOPHAS’ GRE code is 7914


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

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