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MPH International Applicants

If you are not a United States national, and you will be entering, or have already entered, the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you should apply as an international student. Students who already reside in the United States and hold other non-immigrant visas are also considered international students.

Permanent residents of the United States, naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens residing abroad and attending school outside the United States are not considered international students.

In addition to the MPH application requirements, international applicants must meet the following criteria:


International applicants must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Please note that SOPHAS does NOT accept foreign transcripts, including those printed in English, or English translations.

Do NOT send foreign transcripts to SOPHAS or directly to the Brown School.

International applicants must instead provide a foreign credential evaluation report provided by World Education Services (WES ICAP). Please carefully review the instructions provided by SOPHAS.

The WES ICAP is the preferred evaluation and is the only foreign credential evaluation service accepted by SOPHAS. In the rare event that an international student is unable to obtain a WES evaluation, we may consider an alternative foreign credential evaluation reports from another NACES® member organization such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Foundation for International Services (FIS). Please contact the Brown School Office of Admission and Recruitment prior to proceeding with any alternate evaluation service.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

International students are required to provide proof of language proficiency. Preferred standard testing options are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). Test scores are valid for two years. Applicants who are unable to access the TOEFL iBT or IELTS due pandemic-related causes may utilize the the TOEFL iBT Home Edition, the TOEFL ITP Plus for China or the Duolingo English Test.

Minimum scores:

TOEFL iBT - Preferred: 100; Required: 90

IELTS - Preferred: 7.0; Required: 6.5

TOEFL ITP Plus for China - Required: 600 (with Vericant video)

TOEFL iBT Home Edition - Preferred: 100; Required: 90

Duolingo English Test - Required: 115

Applicants meeting all other criteria for admission but scoring below the preferred English proficiency scores may be required to complete a language assessment interview.

Please self-report your test scores in the relevant section of the SOPHAS application; official scores must be verified by the testing agency before your application can be considered complete.

Official TOEFL Scores can be electronically sent to SOPHAS and attached to your application. Visit to request scores sent to SOPHAS in Massachusetts, code #5688.

Additional instruction can be found here.

Exemption from this requirement applies to the following:

  • International applicants whose native language is English. Native language is defined as the language one grew up speaking in one’s family, community and nation. We will grant a waiver to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.
  • International applicants who have studied in full-time undergraduate status for three years or more in an English-medium academic program in any of the above countries, or in Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa or the United States.

Note: Students who have studied in English in other countries are not exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

Proof of Financial Support

U.S. federal immigration laws require institutions to obtain certification that international students have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while attending school. If admitted to the program, international students must provide a Declaration and Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents as evidence of support to cover educational and living expenses for the academic year. This documentation will be required to accept any offer of admission and initiate the appropriate immigration and visa process.

Please visit the website for Washington University’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) for additional resources for international students.