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Apply for the Master of Public Health Program

We’re glad you’re ready to take the next step towards joining the Brown School community!

The application to join the Brown School's MPH program in Fall 2021 will open in September 2020. 

Prior to beginning your application, please read the following instructions. You'll apply to the MPH program through the centralized application portal SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service). 

We accept one class each year for the fall semester. Applications are accepted on a modified rolling basis; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

To receive priority consideration for admission and scholarship awards, please apply by one of our deadlines:

  • Priority Consideration: December 15
  • Regular Decision: March 1
  • Rolling Admissions: After March 1

Application Instructions

The application for the Brown School’s Master of Public Health program is available online through the centralized Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). You must designate one of the MPH programs under Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School Public Health Programs.

Please note: Applicants currently enrolled in another Washington University graduate program may be eligible to apply through the SOPHAS Express application. Students can read more about the SOPHAS Express portal here.

It is very important to understand the SOPHAS application process before submitting your application. Please read the SOPHAS instructions and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and refer to them throughout the application process. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application. You can track your status via the Program Status area of your SOPHAS application.

Once your application becomes “Complete” in SOPHAS, it can take up to four weeks for the SOPHAS verification process to be completed. Please submit all materials well in advance of deadlines to allow for timely processing. Also note that additional documents may be required for your application to be considered “complete” for our review purposes. We will review your file once your SOPHAS application is verified and all of the following supporting documents have been received. The review process may take up to six to eight weeks upon submission and verification in SOPHAS. Read more about the admissions timeline. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Click on each type of supporting document to learn more.


Applicants are required to demonstrate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree (or degree in-progress*) from a regionally accredited college or university.

SOPHAS requires that you submit official transcripts from each institution attended regardless of the number of courses/credits taken. Transcripts must be submitted directly to SOPHAS; documents must be original and sent by paper mail to the following address:

SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

Please do not send transcripts to the Brown School during the application process.

SOPHAS has very specific transcript requirements – please review the instructions carefully and provide ample time for process and verification of transcripts.

*In-Progress degree transcripts: If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application, please submit transcripts showing the work you have completed to date to SOPHAS. An admissions decision will be rendered, however any offer of admission is contingent upon successful completion of your degree. If admitted to the program, you will be required to provide your final official transcript directly to the Brown School.

Personal Statement

Provide a personal statement that describes your interest in public health and demonstrates your understanding of public health concepts. Your essay should be two (2) pages single-spaced and should include the following:

  • Significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Public Health degree.
  • Relevant leadership experiences that will contribute to your overall success as a graduate student and in the public health profession.
  • Career goals and commitment to public health.
  • Specific reasons the Brown School is a good fit for your educational and professional goals.

Upload your personal statement in the “Documents” section relevant to the Brown School MPH program.

Resume or CV

In addition to completing the ‘Experience’ and ‘Achievements’ sections of the SOPHAS application, you must submit a comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae.

Upload to the relevant section of your SOPHAS application.

Letters of Recommendation (Evaluations)

SOPHAS requires that you provide information for a minimum of three references to receive requests for recommendations (evaluations) to be submitted electronically. The Brown School will review your application with two evaluations submitted, providing all other parts of the application are complete.

Letters of recommendation (evaluations) must be provided by professional and/or academic colleagues. Additional instructions can be found here.

Standardized Test Scores

The Brown School is not requiring the GRE or another standardized test score for admission to the MPH program. Though we understand some students may want to submit a score, please know that these scores will not be considered in the admissions process.

International students are required to provide proof of language proficiency by submitting the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS). See the international application requirements for additional information.

Instructions for reporting standardized test scores in SOPHAS can be found here.

SOPHAS Application Fee

The SOPHAS application fee is $140 for one school or program. Any additional schools or programs you choose to apply to through SOPHAS will cost $50 per designation. SOPHAS accepts credit card payments only.

The Brown School is not able to directly provide application fee waivers for the SOPHAS application, however we encourage applicants to review the SOPHAS Fee Assistance Program to determine their eligibility for a financial- or service-based fee waiver.

Prerequisite - Human Biology Course

Students admitted to the MPH program are required to demonstrate that their academic background includes a college-level human biology course with a grade of “B” or better. Students who have not met the human biology prerequisite prior to enrolling in the program are required to remove the deficiency by the end of their first semester.

Please refer to the additional instructions provided if you are an international applicant; a dual- or joint-degree seeking applicant; a transfer applicant; or a Washington University undergraduate student interested in the 3-2 program.

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran status, or disability. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University's Executive Director of Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, (314) 935-5990.