Admissions

Tufts University School of Medicine seeks health equity–focused students who are dedicated to creating meaningful change and making communities healthier.

Our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program offers two concentrations:

  • The Epidemiology and Biostatistics concentration is designed for those interested in public health careers focusing on the collecting, analyzing, and interpreting of data, to improve health equity in communities.
  • The Population Health Promotion concentration is for those interested in the practice of effective health promotion and behavior change, who seek the skills to develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs and messages to achieve a broad range of public health goals. 

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Application Deadlines

Our online MPH program offers three start dates per year—in January, May, and September. Our admissions process is rolling, which means that we review applications and send decision notifications in the order that we receive complete applications.

For every cohort, we offer priority application deadlines to help you plan ahead and balance your graduate education with your personal and professional commitments.

Classes StartEarly Priority DeadlinePriority Application DeadlineFinal Application Deadline
January 2022September 28, 2021October 26, 2021November 23, 2021
May 2022January 26, 2022February 23, 2022March 23, 2022

If you submit your application by the priority deadline, you will be eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

Application Requirements

We encourage individuals from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds to apply. To be considered for admission, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

No GRE test scores are required. However, we will review GRE scores if you choose to provide them. We encourage you to consider taking the GRE as a way to demonstrate your quantitative abilities if your undergraduate degree program did not include quantitative course work (e.g., statistics, data analysis, algebra) or if you do not have an employment background in an industry requiring quantitative skills.

To be considered for admission, you will need to submit:

The Online Application

Begin your application now.

Official Transcripts

We require all undergraduate, graduate, and professional colleges and universities you previously attended to submit transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing, regardless of whether you earned a degree. Transcripts can be submitted electronically to appsvcs@onlinepublichealth.tufts.edu or sent by mail to:

Tufts University
Application Processing Center
Tufts Public Health Online
PO Box 30096 019-002
College Station, TX 77842

Resume or CV

Be sure to include your academic, professional, and volunteer experience as well as any elements of your background that relate to the public health field.

Statement of Purpose and Short-Answer Questions

Your statement of purpose should highlight why you are interested in graduate education in public health and Tufts’ online program in particular. It should also address your career objectives and how this program will help you achieve those goals.

In addition to this statement, you should select two of the following three prompts and answer each in a short statement of 250 words or fewer. You are encouraged to use these prompts to provide information to the Admissions Committee that you have not already discussed in your statement of purpose.

  • Option 1: Describe a time you felt challenged in an academic course. What strategies did you use to overcome that challenge?
  • Option 2: Describe the process you used to teach yourself a new skill outside of an academic experience.
  • Option 3: Describe a situation where either you were not treated fairly on the basis of your identity, or you personally observed such treatment for someone else. How did you handle it? Would you have done anything differently?

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. If possible, all letters should come from an academic reference (i.e., an instructor who taught you in a college-level course). If you were not recently enrolled in academic courses, letters of reference from professional supervisors are preferred. You should request your letters from individuals who are most familiar with your academic and professional history and career goals.

Committee letters provided by your pre-health advising office are also accepted, but please note the committee letter must contain three separate letters of recommendation (and cannot be just a summary letter). Letters of recommendation from friends, coworkers, or relatives are discouraged.

Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee is $70. If you submit your application before the priority deadline, you are eligible for a waiver. Additional candidates for the application fee waiver include members of the military, Tufts alumni, McNair Scholar recipients, AmeriCorps volunteers, active-service Peace Corps volunteers, and City Year AmeriCorps members.

If you have questions about application requirements or the admissions process, contact an admissions counselor at 855-594-8212 or via e-mail at admissions@onlinepublichealth.tufts.edu.

Requirements for International Applicants

The School of Medicine requires all applicants who have studied outside of the United States to have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and to have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service.

All study completed outside of the U.S. requires a foreign transcript evaluation, including undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and course work that did not result in a degree earned. Note: Study abroad work that was completed as part of an undergraduate program in the U.S. does not require credential evaluation.

Please be aware that the online MPH program does not qualify you for a student visa to study in the United States, since most work is completed virtually. You will be required to visit the Tufts University campus in Boston, Massachusetts, for a three-day immersion event.

Transcript Evaluation Services

Tufts University School of Medicine requires a course-by-course evaluation of original transcripts. There are several organizations that offer this service:

You can find a full list of approved transcript evaluation bodies on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Please allow extra time in the application process to request these evaluations.

English Proficiency Policy

If your native language is not English, you are required to provide proof of English proficiency as part of your application. You may demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 100 or higher on the Internet-based exam. The Tufts institution code is C428.
  • Submit official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores of 7.0 or higher.
  • Provide evidence of enrollment for two or more years (four or more semesters) in a degree-granting college or university located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • Provide evidence of full-time, paid employment for two or more years at an organization located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

The following are not accepted as proof of English proficiency:

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores, or any other test of English, except the TOEFL or the IELTS exam
  • TOEFL scores under 100 on the Internet-based exam or IELTS scores below a 7.0
  • Evidence of enrollment at an institution of higher education that lists English as the primary language of instruction, unless that school is in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand

Detailed instructions for submitting evidence of English proficiency is provided in the application instructions.

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If you’re ready to learn more about our online Master of Public Health program, fill out the form, and an admissions counselor will reach out to you with next steps.