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.
The early application deadline is January 15, and the regular application deadline is April 30. After the April 30 date, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.
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 six 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 (optional)
- Three letters of recommendation
- GRE scores (if applicable)
- Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language (see International Students section)
- Online math assessment
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 résumé 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 (optional). We welcome students with diverse experiences who can contribute to the intellectual and social enrichment of the program. If you wish, you may provide a personal statement describing your personal history, family background and other influences on your intellectual development. The statement should include cultural and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), socioeconomic and health disadvantages you may have had to overcome, and how these experiences have shaped you and informed your academic and research interests and your personal and career goals.
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.
Take the GRE if needed. You must submit GRE scores with your application unless you qualify for the exceptions below.*
The Online Executive MPH program does not have specific GRE score expectations, but your scores should reflect your ability to do quantitative work and to write well.
Schedule your GRE test early to allow sufficient time for scores to be reported. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) using institution code 4854 for the University of Washington. The ETS may take up to six weeks to report scores. Although you self-report your unofficial scores in your application, your application file will not be reviewed until your official scores are received.
To be valid, GRE scores must be less than five years old at the time you apply.
*You do not need to submit GRE scores if:
- you already have a graduate degree (such as a PhD, JD, DDS, MD, MN or MPA), or you are currently enrolled in a graduate program. MDs and MD students should submit their MCAT scores as part of their application materials. Please send them as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- you are a foreign-educated physician or dentist who has passed the USMLE Steps 1 and 2. Send proof of passing to email@example.com.
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.
Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.
Take the online math assessment. Note: If you are accepted into the program and do not meet the minimum score of 42/60, you may be asked to take an algebra refresher course.
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.
The COPHP 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 MPH program.
To apply to be a GNM student, you must submit an online application through the Graduate School during the regular application period.
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.