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Applications to most master's or doctoral programs are submitted through SOPHAS, the online centralized application service for schools of public health. Before applying, read the SOPHAS FAQs. Complete applications are processed and reviewed as soon as received. You will expedite the review of your application by submitting all required documentation to SOPHAS as soon as possible.

Applicants to the MHA program may also apply through HAMPCAS.

Tulane undergraduate BSPH students may apply to the combined degree program using an internal electronic application.

SPHTM admits student to MPH, MSPH and MPH&TM degrees for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The Master of Health Administration program admits students into a cohort only in the fall semester. Doctoral students matriculate in the fall semester; however, applications are accepted year-round.

We welcome applications throughout the year. To provide adequate time for the processing of the application and financial aid, we recommend you submit a completed application to SOPHAS early, at least three months prior to the semester you wish to enroll.

For doctoral applicants to be considered for Dean’s Scholarships, applications must be submitted by December 1 the year prior to matriculation. Scholarship offers are made in February.

Please note that SOPHAS closes and does not accept applications for two weeks in August. This help page contains more information about SOPHAS re-applicant procedures.

Steps to Apply to SPHTM Graduate Degree Programs via SOPHAS

A complete SOPHAS application includes:

  • Completed application form on SOPHAS naming Tulane SPHTM as your choice of school of public health and indicating the degree and specific program of study. Only one master’s or one doctoral program may be selected.
  • Official transcripts from all accredited institutions of higher education attended. One must show completion of a bachelor’s degree for application to master’s programs and a master’s degree for application to a doctoral program before matriculation.
  • GRE score (school code 6809). Most programs also accept an MCAT score. The MHA program also accepts the GMAT. Scores can be used for up to five years from the date of test.
  • For master’s students, a written statement of public health career goals and program interest, not longer than 9,500 characters. For doctoral applicants, a research statement focusing on desired areas of study and achievements in that area, not longer than 9,500 characters.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with academic and/or professional achievement.

Graduates of Non-US Institutions

Transcripts from Non-US institutions (except Canadian) must be evaluated by WES ( or ECE ( Submit WES ICAP Course by Course evaluation directly to SOPHAS. ECE evaluation should be sent directly to SPHTM Admissions. See FAQs on International Admissions for more information.

International Applicants Who are not Native Speakers of English

International applicants who are not native speakers of English should submit a TOEFL (, IELTS (, or other recognized test of English proficiency. TOEFL scores must be submitted via SOPHAS, using school code 6809. IELTS results should be sent directly to Tulane SPHTM Admissions from the issuing agency. Language testing will be waived if the applicant has received an undergraduate degree from an accredited US institution.

Doctoral Applicants

Dean’s Research Scholarships: For doctoral program applicants to be eligible for consideration for Dean’s Research Scholarships, completed applications must be submitted by December 1 in the year prior to expected Fall matriculation. There is no separate application for Dean’s Research Scholarship consideration; all applications are considered for funding. The committee reviews accepted applicants in January each year. Submission of early applications to the doctoral programs is recommended.

Tips for All Applicants

  • The personal or research statement is the opportunity to provide SPHTM with additional information that demonstrates your ability to succeed in a public health program that may not be evident from the academic record or standardized tests. This is the chance to speak directly to the reviewer of the application to highlight other activities, indicate passions, and describe career goals in public health practice or research.
  • Letters of recommendation are most effective when coming from an instructor or employer who is familiar with your academic achievement and ability to succeed in a career in public health.

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