Admissions Overview


The University of Kansas Master of Public Health (KU-MPH) program accepts applications for degree-seeking admission once a year through the Schools of Public Health Application Services (SOPHAS). The application deadline is March 1st each year.

Early Decision

Completed applications submitted between the dates of September 1st until December 1st can expect to receive a decision from us by January.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the KU-MPH Program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 grade scale) and one or more years of responsible work in the health field (preferred). Applicants select one of three concentration areas and must document any prerequisites that have been successfully met. The program may be completed on the Wichita or Kansas City campus.

MPH Concentration Pre-requisite


Successful completion of one semester of Calculus.

Social and Behavioral Health

Successful completion of one semester of College Algebra

Public Health Management

Successful completion of one semester of College Algebra

Applicants must also submit an official copy of the GRE® or another professional test scores, such as the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT®) or the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Test scores cannot be more than five years old. Our ETS Code for the GRE® for use with SOPHAS is 1794. GRE® or other standardized test scores can be waived for U.S. citizens with doctoral degrees, applicants who have completed another master's degree or for applicants with extensive public health experience.

International applicants must also submit official certified copies of non-English transcripts along with an evaluation of transcripts for academic compatibility with the U.S. grading system. Reports must contain degree equivalency and grade point average. These may be purchased through the World Education Service (WES)

International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL®. TOEFL® scores should be sent from your ETS center directly to SOPHAS in Massachusetts, code #5688. Paper copies will not be accepted. Current English language requirements can be found on the International Programs website.

Please note that SOPHAS does NOT accept any official test scores other than the GRE®, TOEFL® and MCAT®. Additionally, SOPHAS only accepts foreign transcripts evaluations from World Education Service (WES). If you have taken other standardized tests (GMAT®, LSAT®, IELTS™, etc.), please request for an official copy to be sent directly the KU-MPH office.

Admissions Timeline:

  • September 1: SOPHAS Portal for KU-MPH applications opens.
  • September 1 - December 1: Early Decision period. Completed applications submitted within this time period can expect to receive a decision by January.
  • December 1: Early Decision period ends.
  • March 1: FINAL application deadline. ALL applications submitted after December 1st must be complete by March 1st to be considered for review. Applicants can expect to receive a decision 4-6 weeks after the final deadline date of March 1st.

Admission Categories

A student may be admitted to Graduate Studies under regular or provisional admission. The acceptance letter sent by the Dean of Graduate Studies will specify the type of admission granted.

Technical Standards

The University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and activities, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, disability, veteran status or genetic testing & screening. Academic accommodation requests should be directed to Academic Accommodation Services at KUMC.

The following abilities and expectations required by all students admitted to the Master of Public Health are available on the Technical Standards and Requirement form.

Background Check Requirements

The University of Kansas Medical Center now requires a criminal background check prior to admitting students to graduate programs. Prior to final acceptance and initial enrollment in classes, applicants will be directed to have a background check completed by Validity Screening Solutions. The applicant must pay a one-time fee for the background check directly to Validity Screening Solutions. The KU-MPH program will review the information obtained through the background check and make a final decision on the applicant's eligibility for the program. The KU-MPH program will then notify the applicant regarding final acceptance or denial of admission.

Last modified: Nov 09, 2017
Accreditation & Affiliations


The University of Kansas Master of Public Health Program (KU-MPH) is proud to announce that we have been reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) until July 1, 2018.

Final Accreditation Report - June 2011
Final Self-Study Report - September 2010

Member, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) .


Member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)