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How to Apply

Steps to the Application Process


1. Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools of public health. Application materials, including transcripts, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation, will be submitted through SOPHAS. See the SOPHAS FAQs for tips on getting started and a recommended timeline.

2. Submit test scores to SOPHAS

  • GRE: UA College of Public Health/SOPHAS Code 4253, which routes scores directly to SOPHAS
  • TOEFL (international applicants): SOPHAS code 5688
  • IELTS (international applicants): SOPHAS code "SOPHAS"

Supplemental Application

3. Once you have completed your SOPHAS application, submit a short supplemental application through the University of Arizona Graduate College and pay the application fee:

Dual Degree Programs

4. Applicants must apply to both programs in order to apply to a dual degree program. Applicants apply to the MPH program online (and choose the appropriate dual degree designation) through SOPHAS.

Review Process

5. The College of Public Health faculty admissions committee reviews your application.

6. The College of Public Health sends an e-mail and mailed letter notifying you of our admissions decision. Admissions decisions are typically sent two months after the deadline. For example, if you apply for our January 5th deadline, a decision will be sent to you by the first week of March.

7. The College of Public Health recommends admission or denial to the UA Graduate College. The UA Graduate College is the entity that officially admits students to the university.

8. Should you be recommended for admission, the Graduate College will verify that you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and that your GPA is equivalent to a 3.0 or higher. If you have fewer than 12 graduate level credits, your GPA from those credits will be factored into your undergraduate GPA. If you have 12 or more graduate level credits, your GPA will be calculated based only on the graduate level credits.

9. The Graduate College will send an e-mail with your official offer of admission.

Financial Assistance

10. If you are admitted to the College of Public Health, we will e-mail our College of Public Health Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship Application to you. Completing this application will qualify you for college scholarships, fellowships, and teaching assistantships.

If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and will be seeking financial aid in the form of loans, fellowships, or scholarships, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 deadline for priority processing.

If you are an international applicant, please be aware that you will need to certify that you possess adequate financial resources to support yourself while in residence at the University of Arizona. Please see more information about the Financial Guarantee.


The College of Public Health review and the Graduate College verification is based on your SOPHAS application. Transcripts should be submitted to SOPHAS at

PO Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

No transcripts are required at the University of Arizona at this point. If you would like to expedite the process for the future, you may want to keep a second set of official transcripts in the original, sealed envelope.

After Official Admission

If admitted by the Graduate College, your admission may be "subject to" submitting official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. If you are admitted "subject to" submitting official transcripts, they must be submitted by September and should be submitted directly to the UA Graduate College at:

  • The University of Arizona, Graduate Admissions
    Administration 322
    PO Box 210066
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
  • Or bring them to the Graduate College front counter of the Administration building, Room 322 when you arrive on campus.

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