Applying to MPH@UNC

UNC’s Gillings School is looking for candidates whose academic background, professional experience and leadership abilities meet the demands of our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Below are the requirements for admission and application submission. 

GRE scores are neither required nor typically recommended for applicants to the Master of Public Health program.

Applications are accepted and reviewed in accordance with the following deadlines:

August 26, 2024
May 14, 2024
June 11, 2024
July 2, 2024

Application Requirements

MPH@UNC utilizes a holistic review process which takes into consideration the following application materials:

Online Application

You must complete the online application and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $95.00. Many applicants qualify for an application waiver. Reach out to an admissions counselor at 855-534-2409 or to learn more.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Submit your current resume or CV, and be sure to list any relevant professional and academic experience, including volunteer work.


Submit unofficial transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including graduate studies. (Official transcripts will be required upon admission.)

You will need to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions you have attended into your application. If you do not have unofficial transcripts, you will need to request copies be sent directly to you from the school(s). You can then upload them to your application or email them to

Note: Any official transcripts uploaded through the online application can be used to render an admissions decision but will be considered unofficial.

For military applicants, military transcripts are required, including JST (Joint Service Transcript) or ACE.

If your study abroad credits and grades are included on the home institution transcript, then an additional transcript is not required. If your study abroad credits and grades are listed as transfer credit, then an official transcript from the study abroad institution is required.

Statement of Purpose

You must submit an essay that answers four key questions:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing a Master of Public Health degree and how will this prepare you for your career?​
  2. How have your previous work, volunteer, and lived experiences led you to apply to the MPH?​
  3. Economic, political and social factors contribute to differences in health outcomes within and between countries. How will you apply your public health training to address these factors in order to reduce variability in health outcomes?
  4. Please explain why you are interested in applying to your first concentration and second concentration (if applicable).​

Optional Essay (please do not exceed 500 words):

Please provide any additional context or information that might be helpful to the admissions committee’s review of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be sent from individuals who can attest to your ability or potential to complete graduate public health training. Approved recommenders are past and present employers, professors and approved volunteer coordinators. If you have graduated from an academic degree program within the last five years, we recommend that you have at least one letter from an academic reference. Letters of recommendation are submitted through the online application process.

Considerations for International Applicants


International applicants with degrees from institutions outside the United States are required to submit a copy of their transcripts evaluated by The World Education Services (WES). An unofficial copy of the WES evaluation is required for the application process. An official copy of the WES evaluation may be required by The Graduate School if the international applicant is admitted into the program. UNC Graduate School institution code is 5816.

TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores

All international applicants must submit official TOEFL scores (reported directly from or IELTS scores (reported directly from We accept no other English language tests. While self-reported scores are useful for informal evaluation, the official report of your scores must arrive before final application review. 

The required minimum total score for each exam is:

  • TOEFL: 90
  • IELTS: 7

Standardized test scores must be official and are reportable for a period of two years from the date of the exam. TOEFL or IELTS exam results more than two years old will not be considered. Standardized test scores that are submitted to the institution are kept on file for one year after the term for which you are applying.

Exceptions to the English standardized exams are available for the three applicant categories listed below:

  1. Applicants from countries where English is the sole official language of instruction (i.e., Australia; Bahamas; Barbados; Canada, excluding Québec; England; Ghana; Ireland; India; Jamaica; Kenya; New Zealand; Nigeria; Scotland; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad; Tobago; Uganda; and Wales).
  2. Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university in the United States. (Within the online admissions application, you must upload an unofficial transcript showing the degree awarded or in progress, or a letter from the registrar or dean verifying your degree candidate status from that institution. If you are offered admission, the official transcript must be received or the English exam scores will be required for enrollment.)
  3. Applicants who have received or will receive a degree from an accredited university where English is the sole language of instruction. (If you are a degree candidate in a university where English is the sole language of instruction, you must submit, along with your request, an official verification from that university that English is the sole language of instruction along with your anticipated date of graduation. If the degree or an official verification is not received, the English exam scores will be required.)

To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.

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