Admissions

Admissions Criteria

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, one semester of college biology or other science course, and one course in college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course. We do not require GRE test scores to apply to any of our online Graduate Public Health programs.

Application Process

Consideration for acceptance into any of the online Graduate Public Health programs requires you to submit a complete online application through the Graduate College at the University of Vermont. Along with the application, you must also submit a $65 application fee, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and your official transcripts. Once the application review committee receives your materials, they will review your materials and notify you of their decision of admission within two to three weeks.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: April 1

Accelerated MPH (UVM Juniors only)

  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: May 15

Online Application

Application Checklist

  • Online application: Complete your online application through the University of Vermont Graduate College website. You may begin your application at any time, save your progress, and return to it later.
  • Resume or CV: Your resume will help us to learn more about your background and recommend electives that are best tailored to your career goals.
  • Personal statement: Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to describe your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of your preparation for graduate study in your proposed field. If you are presently in a graduate program, please explain why you wish to apply to a new program. If there are gaps in your academic career, please address them.
  • Three letters of recommendation: As part of the online application, you will be required to identify three professional and/or academic references. Your references should be able to provide an informed opinion regarding your motivation, your intellectual ability, your work ethic, and your personal qualifications. We highly recommend that at least one of your references is academic in nature. Once you have submitted your online application, we will send a link to your references, allowing them to submit their letters of recommendation directly to our review committee.
  • Official transcripts: In the online application, you will be required to attach official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework and, if applicable, graduate coursework that you have completed, regardless of whether or not a degree was conferred. This includes transfer, international, and study abroad credit. For international applicants, it may be necessary to provide a notarized English translation of your transcripts.
  • Application fee: After completing your online application, a $65 application fee will be required prior to submitting your materials. Your payment may be made by credit or debit card. We do offer application fee waivers for certain applicants.

Three Ways to Apply to the Certificates of Graduate Study

Applicants to a Certificate of Graduate Program only:

Applicants seeking to enroll only in a Certificate of Graduate Study Program (and not to a graduate degree program) should follow regular online procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College, described in the Graduate College Application Instructions.

Dual Graduate Degree / Certificate Program Applicants:

Applicants who are applying at the same time for both a regular graduate degree program and also for a Certificate of Graduate Study at UVM should follow regular procedures for applying to the UVM Graduate College; see the Graduate College Application Instructions.

Current UVM Degree Program Students:

Students who are currently admitted and enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at UVM who wish to apply for a Certificate of Graduate Study should complete the single-page Certificate of Graduate Study Short Form Application; see the Graduate College Application Instructions.

Transfer Credits

Master of Public Health

One of the benefits of enrolling in our online MPH degree is that you can transfer credits from our certificate program or from applicable graduate level Public Health courses from other schools. You can choose one of the two options below for transferring public health courses into our online MPH degree:

UVM Public Health Certificate graduate: If you completed the Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health, the Global and Environmental Public Health Graduate Study Certificate, the Epidemiology Graduate Certificate, or the Healthcare Management & Policy Online Graduate Certificate at UVM, then all 18 credits for which the grade received was a B or higher can be applied toward the MPH. Students who choose this option may not transfer additional courses from UVM or other universities.

Graduate level courses in Public Health: If you completed graduate level courses in Public Health at UVM or at another University, then the traditional transfer of credit policy applies for matriculation into the MPH. You can transfer in 9 relevant credits from UVM or another university and an additional 6 relevant credits taken at UVM, provided the grade received for any transferred course is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether each course is relevant. The grades do not transfer.

Certificates of Graduate Study

Students can transfer up to 3 credits of relevant UVM graduate coursework taken prior to matriculation into and of our four certificates of graduate study, provided the grade received is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether the course is relevant. The grade will not transfer.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

It is therefore the intent of the University to comply with the spirit of the letter of Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act, and such other federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws as may apply.

Inquiries or complaints concerning the University’s compliance with the regulations implementing the policies of the University should be made to the University of Vermont, Executive Officer of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Waterman Building, Burlington, VT 05405, Telephone 802-656-3368 or 802-656-3368, or the Office of the Vermont Attorney General, Pavilion Building, Montpelier, VT 05602. Inquiries or complaints concerning the University’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 34 CFR part 100, Title IX of the education amendments, 34 CFR part 106, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 45 CFR Part 90, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34 CFR Part 104, may also be made to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, Washington, DC 20202, or to the Director, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region I, J.W. McCormack POCH, Boston, MA 02109.

Applicants for admission and employment, students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the University of Vermont are hereby notified that the University of Vermont does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, disability, color, religion, age, national origin, or Vietnam veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. In addition, it is the policy of the University that persons not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation. Harassment for any reason is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

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