Graduate Application Process

The Milken Institute School of Public Health uses the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). SOPHAS is an online application system where prospective public health graduate students can apply to multiple accredited schools.

All applicants to graduate and doctoral programs must submit the following to SOPHAS:

  • The SOPHAS online application form
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit*
  • Official and current GRE test scores (GW Institution Code: 5268)
  • Two letters of recommendation (Note: A third letter is required of doctoral applicants)

Submit all forms directly to SOPHAS. No supporting documents are accepted at our admissions office.

Student applying to our Master of Health Administration (MHA) program may also apply through HAMPCAS. Please use GRE code - 7810 - when applying to GW through HAMPCAS.

* A course-by-course transcript evaluation of all international degrees must be submitted directly to SOPHAS. World Education Services (WES) is the preferred provider.

Standardized Testing Requirements

All doctoral program and Master of Science applicants in Epidemiology must submit GRE scores, regardless of prior academic or professional experience. Master’s degree and graduate certificate program students must submit GRE scores, with the following exceptions:

Applicants to the Master of Health Administration program can apply either through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. If required to submit official GRE scores, please send scores to the respective application systems using the following unique GW Institution Codes: 

SOPHAS - 5268
HAMPCAS - 7810

Statement of Purpose Guidelines

Your statement of purpose should explain how you became interested in your field of choice; the contribution you hope to make to your field; and how you believe GW's program will help you reach your career goals. If there is anything unusual in your transcripts, standardized testing, or resume that you wish to explain to the admissions committee, please include this information in your Statement of Purpose.


No interviews are required for applicants to the Master of Public (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology or graduate certificate programs.  Applicants for the PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences are required to take part in an in-person or videoconference interview. Applicants to the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program are required to sit for an in-person or videoconference interview. The program admissions staff will contact you to schedule an appointment after your application is complete.

Application Review Process

Our admissions committees consider applications on a rolling basis. Most applicants receive a decision regarding their admission 6 to 8 weeks after completing their application.

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Application Deadlines
Applying to MPH@GW
Applying to MHA@GW
Applying to HealthInformatics@GW
International Applicant Requirements