University of Southern California Admissions

Admissions Overview

To apply for USC’s Online Master of Public Health Program, you should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Three (3) academic or professional letters of recommendation: All letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic.
  • A statement of purpose of approximately 2-3 pages addressing the following questions: Why are you interested in pursuing the MPH degree? How will an MPH degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals?
  • Current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score within five years of your anticipated start date. For more information on exam expiration dates, visit our FAQs page. Note: Applicants may substitute MCAT scores less than three years old or GMAT, DAT, or LSAT scores less than five years old, for GRE scores.
  • Applicants with a medical degree from an accredited (LCME) medical school, foreign medical school graduates who have passed at least step 1 and step 2 (both parts) of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), and those with a postgraduate degree in another health profession or health-related profession may request an exemption of the GRE requirement.
  • Additional materials may be required for international applicants.

International Applicants

International applicants must also submit the following documents:

Official transcripts indicating the award of all degrees with the title and date conferred in the student’s native language and an exact translation into English of each document
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These scores are required of international applicants whose native language is not English

The minimum TOEFL requirements are:

Internet-based exam score (iBT) of 90 with no less than 20 points on each sub-score

The minimum IELTS requirements are:

A total score of 6.5, with no less than six on each band score

Please note:

Records of TOEFL scores are purged after two years. Please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for information about the TOEFL exam or the International English Language Testing System for information about the IELTS

For additional information, please visit the International Applicant FAQ page.

Academic Calendar

Spring 2020
Application Deadline: December 2, 2019
Term Start Date: January 8, 2020

Summer 2020
Application Deadline: April 10, 2020
Term Start Date: May 6, 2020

Tuition and Fees

The MPH online program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC presents a valuable opportunity to enrich your knowledge of public health with internationally recognized faculty. You will want to choose the program that offers the best education for your investment. Tuition and associated costs for the MPH online program in 2019 are estimated at:


Tuition: $1,928 per credit hour
Total Tuition: $80,976


Application fee: $90
Books and Supplies: $750-$1,500

Funding Your Education

Financial aid is available to most students. In fact, more than 60% of students attending USC receive some type of financial assistance. Students are encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities, membership benefits of partner organizations and professional associations, as well as financial aid funding. Additionally, Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs may apply for those looking to enter and continue working full time in public service jobs.

For more information, please contact the USC Financial Aid Office.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue working in full-time public service jobs in local, state, federal or nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organizations. The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on federal student loans after 120 on-time payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

For more information about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, please visit the Office of Federal Student Aid.

Scholarships for MPH Students

The University of Southern California Master of Public Health Online program is proud to announce a limited number of competitive scholarships for the upcoming Fall and Spring terms. Be sure to connect with an Enrollment Advisor by calling toll-free at 877-807-7714 or via email at