Spring 2018:  December 15, 2017


CUNY SPH recognizes that some students may wish to be admitted to the School of Public Health for the purpose of taking courses not necessarily leading to an advanced degree. Admission to the School of Public Health may be granted, subject to the following provisions.

To be considered for non-degree admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must hold a minimum of a bachelor s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university or college with a GPA of at least 3.0 preferred.
  • TOEFL is required if undergraduate degree is from a country where the official language is a language other than English.

Admission is not guaranteed and registration approval is based on space availability.

Non-degree students can apply for and are allowed to take ONLY the following courses:

BIOS 610: Fundamentals of Biostatistics

EPID 610: Fundamentals of Epidemiology

EPID 620: Epidemiological Methods I

EPID 623: Clinical Trials and Experimental Design

EOHS 610: Fundamentals of Environmental Health

EOHS 620: Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

EOHS 622: Environment and Occupational Toxicology

CHSS 695: Topics in Community Health Education

PUBH 651: Sexual Health Promotion

PUBH 642: Social Marketing

PUBH 650: Qualitative Research Methods (with instructor permission)

Prospective DPH Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management students who need MPH corse courses for admission, must first apply through SOPHAS before they are granted permission to take MPH courses. Prospective DPH Community, Society, and Health students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions ( to have their Master’s transcript evaluated.

To be considered for non-degree admission, you must complete the 3 steps below:

  1. Submit a Non-Degree Application
  2. Submit a copy of your transcript (can be unofficial) and your resume to
  3. Submit or mail a $50 application fee (check or money order made out to the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy) to the following address:
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Office of Admissions, 5th Floor
55 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027

Note that your application is for one semester only.  You must fill out this application again if you wish to take courses during another semester.  There is no deferment of your admission to the following semester. 

The student in non-degree status is required to receive credit in all graduate courses taken, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Non-degree students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will not be approved for further study.

A student who is admitted to non-degree status has no assurance that work completed under this status will be applicable toward degree requirements should the student subsequently apply for and be admitted to a degree program at CUNY. Admission to a degree program will be based on all criteria required at the time of application, plus performance in relevant courses under non-degree status. Completion of graduate courses by non-degree students does not obligate the School of Public Health to grant admission to a degree program at a later date.

A maximum of 12 semester hours may be taken. Students interested in enrolling in more than 12 credits must apply for admission into a degree program.

International applicants requiring or holding F-1 visa status are not eligible for non-degree admission.

Non degree status does not qualify for Federal Financial Aid programs.