Doctor of Public Health: Application and Admission

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Fall Admissions Deadlines

Thank you for your interest!


Regular Admissions Deadline-
January 15

Applicants who submit all applications and supporting materials by this deadline will be notified in February of their status in the program. *This notification will follow scheduled interviews to occur late January into early February 2015. An invitation and completion of an interview is mandatory for continued consideration of admission. 

Prior to the deadlines, you must have both applications completed, VERIFIED, and all supporting materials received.  **Admissions offices recommend submitting all materials as soon as possible since applications can take 3 to 4 weeks to be processed.


Application and Admission

Applicants to the College of Public Health for the DrPH degree program must apply to both the Graduate School and to SOPHAS. Please see the two step process outlined below.


Prerequisites: All applicants to the Doctor of Public Health degree must have:

  • A master’s-level degree in public health (MPH or MSPH). Students with other master’s degree may be considered and accepted provisionally but will need to complete the five MPH core courses (15 hours) prior to acceptance into the DrPH program. These courses will not apply to the DrPH degree.
  • At least three years of experience in the public health area after having completed a master degree.

*Students with only a bachelors degree will NOT be accepted into the program. No exceptions will be given.*


All students must have a masters degree from an accredited institution. Applicants are expected to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and GRE scores of 1000 (combined verbal and quantitative) for previous GRE reporting (please refer to ETS concordance tables, for new scoring equivalent). For applicants with GRE scores more than 5-years-old, please contact DrPH admissions. GMAT score of 550 is also acceptable.


2015 Applicant Interviews:

We anticipate extending invitations to selected applicants to Athens for an in-person Interview Day following initial review of applications. A series of interview days are currently projected to occur in late January into the first week of February. Note: In order to proceed with admissions consideration for the Doctor of Public Health, an invitation MUST be extended by the program and the invited candidate must fully participate in the events during Interview Day. Appropriate accommodations to be made in the case that the selected candidate has extenuating circumstances which may prevent their attendance.


The application process to The University of Georgia requires two steps:


Step 1: Application to the DrPH program

Completed SOPHAS application:    

  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended sent directly to SOPHAS
  • International applicants: Only World Education Services (WES) evaluations of international coursework are accepted for inclusion in your SOPHAS application. Any WES-evaluated coursework cleared through SOPHAS will be reviewed once both application steps are fully completed. For specific details, please refer to
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Standardized GRE test scores
  • Resume


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.



Step 2: Application to the UGA Graduate School



  • Graduate School online application
  • Application processing fee
  • Official GRE scores sent by the testing agency (UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 8345 U Georgia Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS).
  • Application for Georgia residence status (if claiming legal residence in Georgia)
  • Please note, letters of recommendation are not required for the Graduate School application.  You should be able to use your email address to move past this section.  

Domestic applicants: Official transcripts sent to the Graduate School are only required in the event of an acceptance   


 International Applicants only - additional information needed: (please click here for information):

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent by testing agency to the University of Georgia,
  • World Education Services (WES): Good news! We now accept WES-evaluated foreign coursework. You must provide any WES evaluations as part of your SOPHAS application. You may refer to this link for further information about sending your WES report.
  • Certificate of Finances (COF) form
  • Visa Information

Please mail any additional Step 2 materials to:

UGA Graduate School
210 S. Jackson St.
Athens, GA 30602

**For specific questions about UGA Graduate School policies, phone numbers are available here.