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

If you hold a US 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.

You are required to submit your official, current GRE scores. However, if you have taken the GMAT, LSAT or MCAT, you can submit your scores in order to be exempt. If you hold a US graduate degree or the international equivalent, you are exempt from this requirement, but international students also 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:

  • Complete 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.

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.

International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores as well as a World Education Services (WES) evaluation of any foreign transcripts. 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).

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.