MPH Admission

GRE Removed

ALERT: The UNC Charlotte MPH Program has eliminated the GRE requirement. 

As noted below, applicants must now address the quantitative, verbal, and analytic abilities within their admissions essay. Applicants are encouraged to review the program's profile of competitive applicants.  Applicants who are concerned that their coursework and other documents might not convey competitiveness in quantitative, analytic, or verbal reasoning capacity are encouraged to contact the program to discuss the competitiveness of their application. 

International students whose native language is not English will still be asked to submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores as part of their application.*

General Requirements

In addition to general requirements for master's students at UNC Charlotte , applicants to the MPH program should have:

  1. Evidence of undergraduate major or coursework that prepares students for graduate work as attested to on transcripts.

  2. For letters of recommendation, we prefer at least 2 letters from instructors who have had you in the classroom. They should speak to your written and verbal abilities, your class participation and work ethic.

    • It may be useful to send them your personal statement which will help them focus on specific areas. A 3rd letter can be from another professor, an internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator or work supervisor (if you’ve worked in public health).

    • We do not want “character letters” (e.g. letter from your pastor indicating what a good person you are).

    • We strongly encourage you to “waive” your letters of recommendation. Waiving allows your recommender to make a comprehensive appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses. If you do not trust your recommender to write you a fair letter, then they probably are a poor choice.

  3. Your most recent resume.

  4. Submission of official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not the applicant's native language and he or she has not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution. Required is either a minimum score of 557 on the paper-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 220 on the computer-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL, or a minimum total score of 6.5 on the IELTS. Applicants from certain countries are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

  5. Foreign-trained physicians who have successfully passed the US MLE (Medical Licensing Exam) including Steps 1, 2, and 2 CS, may, with appropriate documentation, be waived from the TOFEL.

personal statement

Please read before writing your personal statement for admission. Your statement should address the following questions:

  1. Describe how your background, education, profession, or other experiences have influenced your interest in public health. 

  2. Describe your short and long-term career goals. How will an MPH degree from UNC Charlotte help you achieve your professional goals? 

  3. Describe which of the four MPH concentrations (Community Health Practice; Epidemiology; Physical Activity & Nutrition; Population Health Analytics) most closely aligns with your background and future career goals.

Your statement should highlight any special academic or other considerations that may aid the Admissions Committee in reviewing your application. Please ensure your statement summarizes your qualifications for pursuing an MPH including existing skills in public health, written/verbal reasoning, health analytics, epidemiology, community health, physical activity, and/or health-related research. Visit the UNC Charlotte MPH site to learn more about the MPH program.


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Important Dates

Priority deadlines:

  • For Fall admission - January 15
  • For Spring admission - October 1

Regular deadlines:

  • For Fall admission - March 15
  • For Spring admission - November 15

To be considered for university scholarships and grants, applications should be submitted by the priority deadline.  Applications received after this time and prior to the university application deadline will be periodically reviewed, subject to space limitations.

The UNC Charlotte MPH Program does not currently conduct Summer admissions.

April 15th is the deadline for admitted students to submit their intention to enroll for the Fall semester. UNC Charlotte does not require a deposit or payment at that time and there is no penalty if you change your mind later. However, offers of funding from the University must be accepted no later than April 15th. Intent to enroll can be submitted in the application portal.


Admission information, application forms, and materials can be found in The University Catalog.

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