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Deadlines & Application Review
Applications are accepted starting in September through the SOPHAS online common application (www.sophas.org) for the following Fall term.

  • Early Decision Deadline: There is an early decision deadline of February 15. If you apply on or before February 15, you will be reviewed and provided a decision by the Admission Committee by March 15 (at the latest).
  • General Deadline: The MPH Program will accept applications up until April 15. Applicants who apply after the priority deadline will still be considered, pending remaining slots.

The Admission Committee will meet to review applications from November through May, with completed applications considered at the next available scheduled meeting of the Admission Committee.

Note: Completed applications received by the MPH office before November 1 will not be reviewed until the first Admission Committee meeting in mid-November.

Application forms
Applications are now completed online through the SOPHAS system (available starting in September).

Financing your Degree
Limited scholarships are available for qualified students. Employees of the university, as well as international students, are not eligible to apply for financial assistance.

International Students
International applicants to the MPH Program must submit official copies of their TOEFL scores, if their first language is other than English. Additionally, international students must submit official copies of their ETS scores as part of their application if their degree was received from an institution outside the U.S., regardless of the degree obtained. Unofficial copies - that is copies supplied by the applicant - cannot be considered.

International students whose degrees were obtained outside the United States must submit their transcripts through WES ICAP services, at the expense of the students. Be sure to allow extra time for the processing by WES ICAP. WES ICAP can be found at: http://www.wes.org/students/faq.asp

All of these materials will be submitted through the SOPHAS system.

Re-application Policy
Applicants to the Master of Public Health Program who were not accepted by the program cannot appeal the decision of the Admissions Committee. However, they can elect to reapply to the program no sooner than the following academic year. The application fee is waived for re-applicants who re-apply within five years of the previous application date. Re-applicants are not required to submit transcripts or standardized test scores if the transcripts or scores have not changed.

Non-discrimination/Disability Policy
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD). Specific questions concerning the accommodation of students with disabilities should be directed to the Office of Student Disabilities Services located at the Learning Resources Center, 3820 Locust Walk, Harnwell College House, Suite 110, (215) 573-9235 (voice) or (215) 746-6320 (TDD).

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
Federal law, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requires all institutions of higher education to provide information on their security policies and procedures and specific statistics for criminal incidents and arrests on campus to students and employees, and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request. The Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting Act requires Penn to provide information about its security policies and procedures to students, employees and applicants; to provide crime statistics to students and employees, and to make those statistics available to applicants and prospective employees upon request.

The information about Penn is available at the Division of Public Safety Website, or by calling (215) 898-4481.