Admission Requirements

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The Department only accepts applications for Fall quarter admission only. The application deadline is December 1 for the subsequent enrollment year. Applications submitted after the December 1 deadline will have greatly reduced opportunities for consideration, admission, financial support, and housing. Applications open in September.

*Required materials are listed at the Application Checklist and Submission Instructions. Please follow the checklist closely to submit a complete application on time. Any applications missing documents may result in a review delay, impacting admission and/or fellowship consideration.*

Applicants must complete the UCLA Application for Graduate Admission AND complete an application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).

If you are an international applicant, please also see the additional requirements for international applicants to graduate school.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Prerequiste Courses

The Department of Community Health Sciences does not require specific courses to apply.

Required Degree(s) and GPA

Applicants to the masters or doctoral programs must meet the University minimum requirement of an acceptable bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a B (3.0) average ifor the last 60 semester/90 quarter units at the time of application.

Applicants to the doctoral program must have a masters degree, or in the process of completing one.

The average upper division GPA of admitted masters students is 3.63, and the average graduate school GPA of admitted doctoral students is 3.78.

Test Scores

Satisfactory performance on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the last five years is required. The average GRE score percentiles for those offered admission to the Department over the past three years are as follows:

  • Masters Programs: 56% Quantitative, 74% Verbal, and an Analytical Writing score of 4
  • Doctoral Programs: 61% Quantitative, 80% Verbal, and an Analytical Writing score of 4.5
GRE scores must be sent to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health code, 4225.

MCAT or DAT scores are accepted only for applicants already holding MD or DDS degrees or currently enrolled in medical or dental school. LSAT scores are accepted only for applicants to the joint JD/MPH program.

TOEFL or IELTS (for international students only)

A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for international applicants whose primary language of instruction is not English. The minimum score to be considered for admission is 87 on the TOEFL or an overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS.

Do you hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) and the medium of instruction?  Have you completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution?  If so, you are exempted from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE).  Please be sure to include such information in your application.

Work Experience

Prior work experience (professional, volunteer, intern) in community health or health education is strongly considered in the evaluation of MPH applicants.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from two former professors and one from an employer. If more than three years since enrollment, letters from three employers are accepted. Applicants may submit a maximum of five letters.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should outline academic background, personal and work experience, educational/research interest, career goals, and planned contributions to the field of public health as they relate to the focus of the program in the Community Health Sciences Department at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health.

Additional Information for International Applicants

If you are an international applicant, please also see the additional requirements for international applicants to graduate school. This section includes information on required official records, English language requirement, and the services available to international students if admitted.

Additional Information for Doctoral Applicants

CHS is no longer accepting applications for the DrPH program. Please check the FSPH website for its status in the future.

  • Applicants to the doctoral programs must have a Masters degree in Public Health or an appropriately related field with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for their graduate studies, in addition to minimum University requirements for admission stated above.
  • Professional publications and/or professional presentations are strongly considered
  • A Writing Sample must be provided
  • The Statement of Purpose should include all the following elements: a description or research experience, discussion of current substantive interests, a brief description of a potential research project that might serve as a dissertation, a statement of career goals, why the applicant is seeking doctoral training specifically in Community Health Sciences, and some sense of who the applicant is an individual.
  • Although not required for admission, research-related as well as applied work experience in the field is viewed favorably when competing applications are judged. Relevant experience may partially compensate for deficiencies in prior academic achievement, but it is nonetheless essential that the applicant demonstrate the ability to do advanced scholarly work.
  • During the admissions process, an applicant is matched with a Core Faculty member to serve as their advisor. To help identify the best advisor, doctoral applicants are encouraged to contact potential advisors to discuss experiences, research interests, and goals prior to applying to the program, and stating the names of potential advisors in their statement of purpose.

Additional Information for MPH Combined VA-Dietetic Internship Applicants

Applicants interested in the Combined VA-Dietetic Internship MPH program must meet the admissions requirements for the MPH program and the VA Dietetic Internship program and apply separately to both.

Please note that if offered admission to the MPH program, this does not guarantee admission to the Dietetic Internship.