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Readmission to Graduate Programs

If you have left or been dismissed from a graduate program at the UA College of Public Health and wish to return, you will need to reapply using the following process. Please review the readmissions policies thoroughly.

UA Graduate College Readmission Policies

Dismissal for Non-Enrollment

When a student has not registered for graduate units for a semester without an approved leave of absence (fall or spring only), they are discontinued from their program and the university. Under extenuating circumstances, a retroactive leave of absence can be filed for up to a year, with College of Public Health approval.

GPA Requirement

Reapplicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all graduate level study completed at the University of Arizona.

Time to Degree

Master’s students have six years to complete a master’s degree, beginning with the earliest course listed on the Plan of Study, including credits transferred from other institutions and non-degree/certificate coursework. If the timeline for coursework has exceeded the Graduate College limits, a petition to extend their time in the program must be filed with the Graduate College, with College support. This petition must show that the course content has not changed significantly and that the student has remained current in their knowledge of the subject.

Doctoral students have five years post-comprehensive exam to complete a doctoral degree. Student exceeding this five year mark may be required to re-take the comprehensive exam. Requests for exceptions to Graduate College policies may be petitioned.

Graduate College information on time to degree.

Academic Curriculum Guide

Students who are readmitted are required by the Graduate College to complete the curriculum listed in the most recent Academic Curriculum Guide (formerly known as the Academic Catalog). The most recent Academic Curriculum Guide is posted on the College of Public Health website. Course substitutions or waivers may be possible. Course substitutions or waivers must be reviewed by and supported by the student’s Program Director, faculty advisor/mentor, and possibly the course director.

Application Process & College of Public Health Policies

In order to reapply, please submit the following materials to the Office of Student Services and Alumni Affairs via the form below.

  • Statement of Purpose
    • Please outline why you left the program, why you wish to return, how the degree will enhance your career plans, and a proposed timeline for completion. Maximum of 1500 words.
  • Research/Practice Statement (PhD/DrPH students only)
    • Doctoral applicants must provide a statement of research/practice interest (maximum of 500 words / 2500 characters). Please describe the specific content area in which you propose to focus your doctoral work; why this area is of interest to you; and identify faculty members in the program/department at the College of Public Health whose research interests align with yours and with whom you would like to work.  You do not need to include hypotheses, measures, or data analysis methods, etc.
  • Updated Resume/CV
  • Transcripts from any schools attended since leaving the UA
  • UA transcripts – Office of Student Services staff will provide
  • Optional:  If a student has been away for many years, it may be to your benefit to submit 1-3 letters of recommendation. Letters should be submitted by your references via email to
  • Please note:  If you are recommended for admission, you will need to complete the UA Graduate College application. A SOPHAS application is not required. The admissions committee may request/require additional application materials.


Internal applications, along with the original SOPHAS application, will be sent to the Program Director for review, likely in consultation with program faculty and previous or potential faculty advisor/mentor. Readmission to the College of Public Health is not guaranteed.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted, and an admissions decision will be sent to the student in two weeks to two months. If a student applies during the regular admissions cycle, they may be considered with the new pool of applicants.

We strongly recommend that you apply by the following dates:

  • Fall:  July 15
  • Spring:  November 15
  • Summer:  April 1

Retention Plan

If a student is readmitted to the College, they will work with their faculty mentor/advisor to complete a Retention Plan prior to enrolling in units. The Retention Plan serves as a guideline of tasks/items to be completed and a timeline for completing these tasks to help the student stay on track toward successful completion of the degree.

Funding for On Campus Students

Reapplicants will be encouraged to complete a new FAFSA and complete the MEZCOPH Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship Application. There is no guarantee of funding.


If you have questions, please contact the Director of Admissions, at



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