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
  • Additional materials may be required for international applicants

A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or substitute exam score is not a requirement for admission. Please see FAQs page for more information.

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), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). 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

The minimum PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic requirements are:

A total score of 61 or above, with 53 or above 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, the International English Language Testing System about the IELTS and PTE Academic for information about the PTE exam

 

 

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

Academic Calendar

Fall 2020
Application Deadline: August 01, 2020
Term Start Date: September 02, 2020

Spring 2021
Application Deadline: December 01, 2020
Term Start Date: January 06, 2021

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

Tuition: $1,995 per credit hour
Total Tuition: $83,790

Fees

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 admissions@mphdegree.usc.edu

USC Scholarship Opportunities

USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health

Breman Global Health Fellowship

The Breman Global Health Fellowship is funded by a generous donation from the Breman family to deepen students’ appreciation of how best to address health problems in developing countries. The fellowship supports students interested in global health and public service careers by funding field, clinical or laboratory research experience in a foreign country.

Website: https://globalhealth.usc.edu/education-training/fellowships/breman-fellowship/

USC Center for Health Equity in the Americas

Ambassador Brigade Fellowship Program

The Center for Health Equity in the Americas (CenHealth) is seeking USC Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) graduate level students to be part of the KSOM CenHealth Ambassadors Brigade Fellowship Program. KSOM students are expected to conduct research on health equity with a USC faculty mentor and an international or national partner for minimally 6 weeks. This period can be split between the U.S. and abroad.

Community Health Equity and Dissemination Scholarship

The USC Center For Health Equity in the Americas (CenHealth) Community Health Equity and Dissemination Scholarship seeks to fund current USC Keck School of Medicine students for travel and/or registration cost to attend: 1) a conference where students will be presenting research/practice on a topic related to Health Equity in the Americas, or 2) travel to a practicum and/or conducting a research project related to Health equity in the Americas. Scholarships can be used for both national or international travel.

Website: https://healthequityamericas.usc.edu/ambassadors/

 

Town and Gown of USC

Town & Gown of USC is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose purpose is to support USC through scholarships for students, building and campus enhancements, and cultural programs. Open to incoming first-year, current undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents of Southern California.

Website: www.townandgownofusc.org

USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation

Gehr Family Student Innovator Award Program

A summer fellowship program for health professional students to develop a mentored health care quality improvement or health services research project on the USC Keck Medical School campus. Students will also receive training in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and meet healthcare leaders in the Los Angeles community who are involved in patient improvement and systems change. We select 8-12 students each summer. Each awardee will receive a $3,000 stipend.

Website: https://gehrcenter.usc.edu/programs/student-innovator/

USC Alumni Association Scholarships (contact for more information)

Asian Pacific Alumni Association: http://alumni.usc.edu/apaa

Black Alumni Association: www.usc.edu/baa

Lambda LGBT Alumni Association: https://alumni.usc.edu/lambda

Latino Alumni Association: http://latinoalumni.usc.edu

Students are encouraged to explore additional opportunities through the USC Fellowships and Awards database: http://awardsdatabase.usc.edu