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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

Which application service do I use?

You may submit a SOPHAS application for any of our face-to-face degree programs. SOPHAS charges $135 for the first program you apply to and $50 for each additional program.

Do I need work experience for the MPH program?

The MPH program does not require work experience. However, our classrooms are comprised of students with a mix of varied experiences. Most have at least 1-2 years of work experience, while others have more extensive work experience. The Executive MPH student must have a minimum of 2 years of professional work experience (in any setting) prior to enrolling.

What standardized test do I need to take?

No GRE score are required for MS or MPH applications beginning Fall 2020.

GRE scores are typically required for all doctoral programs. Please review admissions requirements for all programs.

International applicants must submit an English language proficiency exam. Applicants may submit the TOEFL or IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS exams are considered valid for two (2) years from the date the exam was administered.

Does it cost anything to apply?

The cost for a SOPHAS application is $135 for the first school or program to which you apply. Any additional schools or programs to which you choose to apply will cost $50 per designation, even if you submit those schools or programs later in the application cycle.

Can I request an application fee waiver?

We do not collect the fees for the application. The fees are collected directly by SOPHAS. SOPHAS has a limited number of fee waivers for applicants who meet their financial, service, or international based criteria. For more information, please visit the SOPHAS Help Center and contact them directly.

Can I apply to more than one degree program?

No. We only allow one program designation through SOPHAS. If the review committee recommends you for a different program, the Admissions Office will contact you directly.

How do I send my transcripts or academic records?

Submit official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. Please mail official transcripts to:

SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
PO Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471

When will I receive an application decision?

Admissions decisions are shared on a rolling basis. Applicants to the full-time MPH program interested in being considered for one of the School's Endowed Scholarships should apply no later than January 15th.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, applicants to the full-time MPH and MS programs are eligible for scholarships at the time of application as well as other scholarships once enrolled.

Visit our Scholarships page for more information

Full-time doctoral students typically receive some type of tuition funding or a stipend.

Executive MPH students usually receive tuition assistance from their employer. In addition, need-based aid is available in the form of grants, loans, and work-study. Please visit Drexel Central for more information on financial aid. 

International Applicants

Which transcript evaluation services are accepted?

For all international transcripts that are not verified by SOPHAS, the Dornsife School of Public Health requires a course-by-course academic International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) evaluation submitted to SOPHAS by the World Education Service. Evaluations provide the Admissions Committee with U.S. grading equivalency, which is required to make a decision on your application. SOPHAS will only accept WES ICAP evaluations; no original transcripts should be submitted.

Do you accept USMLE or ECFMG scores?

No, we do not USMLE or ECFMG scores.

What kind of visa will I need in order to study?

You will need either Form I-20 or DS-2019. Drexel's International Students and Scholars Services will review your profile in order to determine which immigration document is appropriate.

How can international students secure funding?

International students are eligible for merit awards, certain department scholarships, University fellowships, and/or private loans. In some cases, independent organizations may also offer funding specifically for international graduate students. For further information, please visit Drexel Central's financial aid process for graducate students.

Visiting Dornsife

Do you offer events for prospective students?

Yes, Dornsife hosts Preview and Class Visit Days throughout the fall and early spring. These provide a great opportunity to learn more about the School, meet current students, and talk to faculty and members of the admissions team.

Learn more about visiting Dornsife

May I speak with faculty members or current students before applying?

Absolutely. Please contact Admissions directly to arrange an opportunity to speak with faculty, current students, and other staff at Dornsife. Please email us at sphadmissions@drexel.edu.

What is it like to study Philadelphia?

Drexel's hometown of Philadelphia is one of the nation's first and largest cities, and the birthplace of the nation. The city offers opportunities to learn, play, work, and engage in the arts, history, and culture.

Learn more about Philadelphia

How do I get to campus?

Drexel University's 74-acre University City campus functions as the heart of West Philadelphia, with a vibrant community to the west and the iconic 30th Street Station to the east.

Visit Directions to Campus for complete directions to Drexel by car and local public transportation.

For specific directions to Dornsife's location in Nesbitt Hall visit our Contact page.

Where should I stay while visiting campus?

Dornsife guests may receive special reduced rates at many participating hotels near campus. For more information, see the Travel and Hotels page.

General Program Information

Is the Dornsife School of Public Health fully accredited?

Yes. The Dornsife School of Public Health is the first accredited school of public health in Philadelphia by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

How can I request information?

Please fill out our Request More Information Form to be added to our mailing list communication plan and receive updates and notices of upcoming events.

How long is the MPH program?

The full-time face-to face-MPH is 18 months on a daytime schedule. The Executive MPH is completed in 21 months through online courses and occasional face-to-face weekend classes.

Do you offer evening classes?

Most courses are offered during the day. Full-time, working professionals are encouraged to consider the Online MPH or the Executive MPH.

Do students work closely with faculty?

Yes, all students are assigned a faculty mentor. Additionally, students are able to collaborate with faculty on a variety of research and community-based projects. Our faculty are highly accessible and committed to mentoring students.

Can I transfer credits toward a master's degree program?

Transfer credit is considered on a case by case basis. Those who have completed graduate coursework in public health must be prepared to submit official transcripts and all course syllabi for review by the Director of Academic Affairs.

Is your student body diverse?

The Dornsife School of Public health views diversity in our students, faculty and staff as essential to all elements of our mission. We pride ourselves in having a School with a diverse faculty and student body and are committed to creating a supportive environment for students from all backgrounds. (2017-2018) the race and ethnic background of our students is 25% African-American, 27% Asian or Pacific Islander, 10% Hispanic, and 38% Caucasian. Typically we enroll about 80% females and 20% males. The average age of students enrolled at the School of Public Health is 29.

Additionally, our student population is geographically diverse. We have students from many states including, but not limited to, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, California, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington, Arizona, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Colorado and Illinois.

We also have an international presence, including students from China, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Korea, Argentina, Cameroon, Ghana, Saudi Arabia and other countries across the globe.