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International MPH Applicants

An applicant who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States is considered an international applicant.

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

Foreign Transcripts

Applicants who earned a degree outside of the U.S. must hold a degree considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

A course-by-course foreign credential evaluation completed by a U.S.-based evaluation service is required.

SOPHAS allows applicants to request foreign transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES), Inc. The electronic WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation can be requested directly through the SOPHAS application.

WES evaluation reports should be sent directly to SOPHAS from the evaluation service.

If an applicant is unable to obtain a WES evaluation, they may seek an alternative foreign credential evaluation report from another NACES® member organization such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Foundation for International Services (FIS). The alternative evaluation may be uploaded to the SOPHAS application by the applicant as a supplemental document, or sent directly to the Brown School Office of Admissions & Recruitment.

Additional information about foreign transcripts and the SOPHAS application can be found here. Applicants should request foreign credential evaluation as early as possible. Services can take several weeks to process transcripts once received.

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 may utilize the Duolingo English Test as an alternative.

Minimum scores:

TOEFL iBT - Preferred: 100; Required: 90

IELTS - Preferred: 7.0; Required: 6.5

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 should be submitted directly to SOPHAS electronically using TOEFL 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, Uganda, the 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 law requires 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 visa process with Washington University.

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