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The Online Executive MPH program is designed for working professionals who want to become leaders in public health. A new cohort of about 30 students starts the program each fall. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester credits or the last 90 graded quarter credits (students with less than a 3.0 GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Two or more years of professional experience, preferably related to public health. This can include volunteer work and be non-continuous (e.g., six months here, 12 months there). It’s the experience that counts, not the employment.
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Applicants must also be able to attend all three multi-day sessions at our location in downtown Seattle. For more information, see the Program Format section.

Required Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university where you have earned a degree or taken relevant coursework
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language (see International Students section)

Application Steps

To apply to the Online Executive MPH program, you submit your application materials online through the UW Graduate School website. We recommend you begin your application early in order to complete all requirements on time.

The program does not currently participate in the SOPHAS common application service. 

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Obtain transcripts from each college or university where you have earned a degree or taken relevant coursework. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.

Update your resume or curriculum vitae.

Write your statement of purpose. In a narrative statement of about 700–1,000 words, provide your reasons for seeking a master’s in public health and how an MPH degree fits into your long-term career goals.

Write your personal statement. The University of Washington is committed to excellence through diversity, and our program's curriculum promotes an understanding of the ways that social inequity and racism, generated by power and privilege, undermine health. We welcome students who have varied cultural experiences and will contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of our program. In a one- to two-page statement, please describe your personal history, family background and influences on your intellectual development that reflect your commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. This statement may include social, cultural, economic and educational opportunities you've had, or disadvantages that you've overcome, and the ways that these experiences have affected you.

Identify people who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you. You will need to submit three letters of recommendation as part of your application. Consider asking current or former employers or supervisors. Make sure the people you choose can speak to your potential for leadership in public health. You will need their email addresses for the Graduate School application.

Apply for an application fee waiver if you qualify. The University of Washington grants fee waivers to McNair Scholars, PPIA Fellows and to applicants on the basis of financial need. See this page for more information and the application instructions. The Department of Health Services offers fee waivers to AmeriCorps alumni, Peace Corps alumni, veterans and applicants from among other programs. As part of our commitment to making education accessible to students from all backgrounds, we are also offering application fee waivers for the Online Executive MPH degree program for applicants who attend one of our webinars. See our policy for more information and the application form. Applicants must request a fee waiver prior to submitting their application for admission. 

Step Two: Apply

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School. You can save your application and come back to it at any time to continue working on it.

Select "Health Services (MPH – Executive Degree Program)" as the program name.

Upload all required documents.

Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Each of these people will be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they will submit their letters.

If desired, apply for the Health Services Excellence, Equity and Distinction (HSEED) Award. The HSEED Award offers a $5,000 package to an incoming student over a 9-month period. Applicants should provide a one-page letter addressed to Dr. Miruna Petrescu-Prahova stating how you are eligible for the HSEED Award. The recipient will be notified before autumn quarter 2020 quarter begins. For more information, including eligibility criteria, see the HSEED Award website

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.

International Applicants

The Online Executive MPH program welcomes international applicants. You are considered an international applicant if you are not a U.S. citizen, immigrant or green card holder.

International students must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. Because the Online Executive MPH program is part time, students intending to enroll on an international student visa (e.g., F-1, J-1) are not eligible. Applicants on an F-2 visa may be eligible -- see information for F-2 applicants on the Graduate School’s Admission FAQs page. 

International applicants must meet all application requirements for the program. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. If required, please submit TOEFL scores. Only scores less than two years old at the time of the application deadline will be accepted. Scores must be sent directly to UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854.

For more information on applying as an international student, see the Graduate School's International Applicant Information page.

Undocumented Applicants

The Online Executive MPH program welcomes applications from undocumented individuals. The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) offers application guidance and resources. The Leadership Without Borders Center provides resources for undocumented students at the University of Washington, including information on financial aid and scholarships. 

Graduate Nonmatriculated Students

If you aren't sure yet whether you want to pursue the Online Executive MPH degree, you might consider enrolling first as a graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) student. GNM status allows you to take a limited number of courses to find out if the program is right for you.

Although GNM status does not guarantee admission to the Online Executive MPH program, you may apply up to 12 credits toward degree requirements if you later apply and are admitted to the Online Executive MPH program.

To apply to be a GNM student, you must submit an online application through the Graduate School during the regular application period. Choose:

Application Type: Graduate Non-Matriculated

Program Name: Health Services (MPH - Executive Degree Program)

You can start as a GNM student any quarter. Below are the deadlines to apply for GNM status in order to start the following quarter. 


To Begin Apply By
Autumn Quarter 2019 August 23, 2019
Winter Quarter 2019 December 2, 2019
Spring Quarter 2020 February 24, 2020
Summer Quarter 2020 May 18, 2020


For more information, see the Graduate Non-Matriculated and Non-matriculated Status page on the Department of Health Services website, or contact us to discuss your options.