FAQ

It is a non-notarized copy of your transcript. Often it will be marked “Issued to Student.” The main difference is that you have access to it, and thus the information can potentially be altered. Most schools will offer you an unofficial transcript in either hard-copy or electronic form. If it is a hard copy, please scan and upload a PDF of front and back for all pages. If it’s electronic, please make sure it includes your name, the name of the university and the degree conferral (date degree was awarded) information.

The School of Public Health offers a handful of merit-based awards, but there is no separate application process for these awards. Simply complete all required sections of the applications and be sure to complete the fellowship portion of the UC Berkeley application.

In addition to our various programs, we offer you the option to take on a specialty. These are very similar to a minor and are a series of courses taken in addition to the required courses for your program. For example, you can be in the Maternal and Child Health program and have a specialty in Nutrition.

For the on-campus program, we only accept applicants for the fall. You will want to apply one year before you intend to start.

For the On-Campus/Online MPH (OOMPH) program, applicants may apply at various times throughout the year; visit their application information page for dates and deadlines.

We do not have a minimum GRE score as we review applications holistically; however, competitive applicants tend to score in the 50th percentile and above.

You can only apply to one program, but should your first choice not be a good fit, we will redirect your application to the second program. You are not applying to both programs. Please be sure to put your first choice of programs as number one on SOPHAS and choose that program on the UC Berkeley application as well. Choosing different programs will slow down your review process, as we will have to contact you to verify your first choice.

Enter only the school(s) with the earliest deadline, and then complete and submit the application. To apply to additional schools, you may add another school designation to your existing application and upload a personalized essay for that school, as long as it is in the same application year. However, once submitted, no additional changes can be made to the application data for that designation once it has been verified by SOPHAS. If you are having problems, you will need to contact SOPHAS directly at sophasinfo@sophas.org or 617-612-2090

Yes. The USMLE and other such exams are not an approved substitute for the TOEFL. The only exception to submitting the TOEFL is studying for at least one consecutive year at a U.S. university with a B average. You will need to provide transcripts to prove this.