How to Apply

Public health degree programs prepare students for a variety of careers as academics, researchers, administrators, policy analysts, regulators, educators, program planners, evaluators, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, environmental health specialists, and biotechnical specialists in government and non-government health agencies and organizations, as well as educational settings.

For graduate students, we offer three academic degrees, two professional degrees in eight concentrations and three programmatic configurations, five concurrent degrees with other campus departments, and an Online MPH degree program. For undergraduate students, we offer an undergraduate degree in public health. See specific application instructions below.

Application Dates and Deadlines 

The SOPHAS application for Fall 2020 will open on August 15, 2019, the UC Berkeley Graduate application will open in September 2019. For applications to the undergraduate major, please see the How to Apply page in the undergraduate section of our website.

Priority Deadline: December 2

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships. This is the recommended deadline for applicants.

Secondary Deadline: March 2

We will be accepting a second round of applications only for select programs (listed below). The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. After the priority deadline review period, in the event that these programs are not full, applications will be accepted until March 2, 2020 for the following MPH concentrations only:

  • Environmental Health Sciences 2-Year MPH
  • Epidemiology 1-Year MPH
  • Global Health & Environment 2-Year MPH
  • Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology 2-Year MPH
  • Interdisciplinary 1-Year MPH  
  • Public Health Nutrition 2-Year MPH
  • Public Health Nutrition 1-Year MPH

If your program of interest is not on the above list, it is not eligible for a secondary deadline. 

Application Requirements

Be sure to thoroughly review the Application Requirements page. 

Application Fee Waivers

For questions about application fee waivers, please refer to the SOPHAS and UC Berkeley Graduate Division websites. We do not administer fee waiver requests in our office.

Application Instructions

There is a specific set of instructions on how to apply depending on which type of applicant you are. You will find detailed admissions instructions for each below.

General Applicants

The following steps must be completed and submitted before your application is considered complete.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

  1. Submit an online application to SOPHAS
  2. Submit an online application to UC BERKELEY

ITEMS FOR SUBMISSION TO SOPHAS

Submit the following on www.sophas.org:

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation  *Please note letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically.
  4. One set of Official Transcripts from each institution you have attended.  International applicants must submit transcripts through World Education Services (WES) for an official WES evaluation.
  5. Official GRE Test Scores sent to SOPHAS (code 4227)
  6. Official TOEFL Score sent to SOPHAS (code 5688)
  7. SOPHAS Application Fee ($135 for the initial application)

ITEMS FOR SUBMISSION TO UC BERKELEY

  1. Submit application through https://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/apply/
  2. Upload unofficial transcripts to application. If international, upload copy of degree and english translations, if applicable
  3. UC Berkeley Graduate Application Fee ($105 domestic and $125 international)
  4. Official TOEFL Score sent to UC BERKELEY (code 4833), if applicable

*Please note that an official GRE score report should only be submitted to SOPHAS, and will not show as received on your UC Berkeley application. You only need to confirm receipt of your GRE scores on your SOPHAS application.

Concurrent Degree Applicants

Concurrent Degree Program Degrees Offered How to Apply
Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health with the Haas School of Business MBA/MPH Applicants apply directly with the Haas School of Business. Applicants are not required to submit a SOPHAS application.
Master of Social Welfare/Master of Public Health with the School of Social Welfare MSW/MPH Applicants submit one complete UC Berkeley Graduate Division application and select the MSW/MPH program option. Applications must be submitted by December 1. Applicants are not required to submit a SOPHAS application.
Master of City Planning/Master of Public Health with Department of City and Regional Planning MCP/MPH Applicants are required to submit BOTH the SOPHAS Application and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Applications. Please select the appropriate area of concentration that corresponds to the correct concurrent degree program, review the concurrent degree admissions requirements of both programs, and thoroughly complete and submit materials to both applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1. 
Master of Journalism/Master of Public Health with the Graduate School of Journalism MJ/MPH Applicants are required to submit BOTH the SOPHAS Application and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Applications. Please select the appropriate area of concentration and concurrent degree program, review the concurrent degree admissions requirements of both programs, and thoroughly complete and submit materials to both applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1.
Master of Public Policy/ Master of Public Health with Goldman School of Public Policy MPP/MPH Applicants are required to submit BOTH the SOPHAS Application and the UC Berkeley Graduate Division Applications. Please select the appropriate area of concentration and concurrent degree program, review the concurrent degree admissions requirements for both the School of Public Health and the Goldman School of Public Policy, and thoroughly complete and submit materials to both applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1.

Undergraduate Degree Applicants

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science at UC Berkeley can apply to major in public health after completing the lower-division requirements, generally at the end of the sophomore year. Learn more.

Online MPH Program Applicants

The application process for Berkeley's On-Campus/Online MPH degree program is different than the on-campus graduate degree programs. Visit the On-Campus/Online MPH page for details on how to apply. You will only need to submit an application to the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, not a SOPHAS application.