What is required for admission to the Mailman School of Public Health?

  • Online application

  • Application fee

  • 3 letters of recommendation

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (School Code 2159; Department Code 0616)

  • 500 word personal statement

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended

  • Resume or CV

  • International students must also submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  • Some departments have additional academic pre-requisites and/or minimum work experience requirements.

What are the admissions deadlines?

View our current application deadlines.

What tests do you accept and can I waive test scores? Is therE a time limit on my test scores?

We require the (GRE) Graduate Record Examination General Test but will consider GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, or DAT. A written request for a waiver of test scores will be reviewed but is only appropriate if your transcripts provide clear evidence of strong quantitative and analytical writing ability. When reporting GRE scores from ETS, students should use Institutional Code 2159 and Department Code 0616. The Admissions Committee does not exclude GREs based on test date. However, the Admissions Committee does reserve the right to ask an applicant to retake the GRE exam.

What type of undergraduate degree do I need to apply to the School of Public Health?

Because public health is a broad multi-disciplinary field, applicants to the School come from a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs including the social sciences, humanities, business, sciences, and clinical programs. All applicants must have a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Graduate program degrees will also be considered.

What is the student profile?

Admitted 2015 Student Profile

Application Process

Total Applications2928
Total Accepted1704
Total Enrollments664


 Old ScoringNew Scoring
Average GRE Verbal615159
Average GRE Quantitative716158
Average GRE Analytical/Writing4.34.3
Average GPA 3.63

Student Body Profile

Can I check the status of my application?

You may check the status of your application for admission at any time by logging back into SOPHAS. In order to protect confidentiality, we cannot accept status check requests over the phone.

Can I schedule an appointment to discuss admissions?

If you have questions after reviewing our website, you may schedule an appointment with our admissions counselor by clicking here.

I am interested in medicine and public health. Should I do the MPH first or attend medical school?

You may decide to do either depending on your particular interests and goals.

Do I have to begin study in the Fall semester? What about the Spring semester?

The School does not offer Spring semester admissions to new students.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?

Decisions on applications for Fall semester enrollment will be sent in early March.

I want to take courses at Columbia that I can transfer back to my own school.

Students in graduate programs at other schools and universities are considered for admission for select courses when space allows.

Students must complete the following:

  • Application cover sheet

  • Application fee of $65.00

  • Personal statement indicating desired course(s) (500 words)

  • Transcript from their present university indicating they are a student in good standing

  • Copy of their undergraduate transcript

  • Letter from their advisor showing approval for the course(s) 

Deadlines dates must be observed. Note that some classes, especially those related to our MPH core curriculum may be closed to non-Mailman School students.

I only want to take a course. What do I have to do?

File an admissions application to the School as a special/non-degree student using SOPHAS Express.

Your SOPHAS Express application must include all post-secondary school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a resume, and a 500 word personal statement in which you must specify the course(s) you are interested in taking. A maximum of 12 credits is allowed but not guaranteed as a special/non-degree student and we cannot guarantee 12 credits for an F-1 Visa for international applicants. Please note that some classes, especially those related to our MPH core curriculum, may be closed to special/non-degree students.