Application Requirements

MPH@GW students are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university as well as completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of applying. GRE waivers exist for students with US, or international US equivalent, graduate degrees.

If you have not yet completed the GRE, we encourage you to take advantage of a partnership between MPH@GW and GRE preparation service Manhattan Prep, to receive a 15 percent discount on test prep services designed to meet different needs, budgets and schedules.

To complete your MPH@GW application, you must submit the following:

Application Fee

The application fee for the MPH@GW program is $75, and it is non-refundable. 

Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline may be eligible to have the $75 application fee waived. Contact your Admissions Counselor to see if you qualify.

GRE Scores

You are required to submit your official, current GRE scores. However, you may be eligible to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement if you have more than 5 years of work experience. You are also exempt from submitting test scores if you have taken the GMAT, LSAT or MCAT, or if you hold a US graduate degree or the international equivalent. International students may be required to submit an English language proficiency test, such as the TOEFL or IELTS.

MPH@GW Educational Testing Service (ETS) school codes are:
GRE – 0848
TOEFL – 3441

Remember, test scores may take up to five weeks to reach the university, so be sure to register to take any required tests as soon as you can. Scores must be sent through the testing service administering the test to be considered official.

Through a partnership with Manhattan Prep, MPH@GW has arranged an exclusive 15 percent discount for MPH@GW applicants on GRE test preparation services such as:

  • Full GRE courses that allow you to study core test content online or in person over a nine-week period.
  • A guided self-study program that provides online access to recordings of all the complete GRE courses so you can study at your own pace at your convenience.
  • Private tutoring with expert Manhattan Prep teachers who can provide customized test instruction to address your specific GRE challenges on a flexible, hourly basis.

GRE Waiver Policy

If you have 5 plus years of work experience, you may be eligible to waive the GRE/GMAT requirement for MPH@GW.

In addition, if you hold a U.S. graduate degree or an equivalent international degree, you are exempt from the GRE requirement. You are also exempt if you have taken the LSAT, GMAT or MCAT. 

Contact an Admissions Counselor to find out if you’re eligible for a GRE waiver.  

English Language Proficiency

All applicants to the George Washington University must demonstrate excellent English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Graduate applicants who have not earned (or will not earn before matriculation) a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) scores to be considered for admission. Scores may not be more than two years old.

The MPH@GW Educational Testing Service (ETS) school code for TOEFL is 3441.

Minimum Score Requirements

  • TOEFL: 100 on the Internet exam (iBT)
  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no individual score below 6.0. If applicants provide their TRF number, the Office of Admissions & Enrollment can verify IELTS results.

Exceptions are granted to applicants who earned (or will earn before matriculation) a post-secondary degree from an institution in a country that qualifies for the English language exam exemption. If you are unsure whether you qualify for an exemption, please contact us via email.

Disclaimer: The George Washington University reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency from any applicant.

Official Transcripts

Mail official, sealed transcripts from each academic institution you have attended, including community college coursework, to:

Application Processing Services
MPH@GW
7900 Harkins Road
Suite 501
Lanham, MD 20706

If you earned credits at an international institution outside of a study-abroad program, you will need to have your coursework evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to applicationservices@publichealthonline.gwu.edu or select MPH@GW – Online Program if listed as an option through a vendor. This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to submit a statement of purpose with your application at the time of submission. Your statement should be 500-1,500 words and address the following questions:

  • How did you become interested in public health?
  • What contributions do you hope to make in the field?
  • How will the MPH@GW program help you achieve your career goals?

If you feel you would like to provide the admissions committee reviewing your application a more complete picture of your academic or personal background beyond your statement of purpose, you may include an addendum with your application.

Please note that your statement of purpose should be original and in your own words. Plagiarism of your statement of purpose and objectives may be reason for non-review of your application or academic dismissal.

Resume or CV

In a current resume or CV, list any relevant professional and academic experience, including volunteer work, and honors and awards received.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required, and both must be written within one year of the date of submission. These letters should speak to your ability to succeed in the MPH@GW program, from an academic or a professional perspective. You may provide a third professional recommendation, but it is not required.