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Colorado School of Public Health

Master of Public Health 

Admissions Requirements and Process

Classroom of students at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Preferred Deadline: January 15
Final Deadline: May 1

For scholarship consideration and optional summer enrollment, applicants must apply by the preferred deadline. Applicants applying after the preferred deadline are only eligible for fall semester enrollment. Applicants applying after the preferred deadline will be considered on a space available basis. Space will vary and is determined by each concentration. 

The 2014-2015 SOPHAS application is now open.

Admissions Requi​rements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in undergraduate coursework and any subsequent academic coursework. If the GPA is below a 3.0, applicant should include an explanation of why it fell below a 3.0 and how the applicant plans to address any prior academic deficiencies as a graduate student. Students admitted to the MPH program with an undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 will be admitted on a provisional basis.
  • Official GRE scores While we do not currently have a minimum score requirement, the average scores of the accepted applicants for the Fall 2014 semester were: 153.5 Quantitative and 155.8 Verbal. The MCAT, DAT, LSAT, PCAT or GMAT may be substituted for the GRE, however SOPHAS only accepts official GRE or MCAT scores so any test scores from other exams will need to be sent directly to the Colorado School of Public Health. If the applicant holds a graduate level degree from an accredited U.S. institution, the GRE may be waived.
  • An essay that addresses career goals and purpose for study, approximately two pages, single spaced in length. The essay should describe past experience as it relates to the applicant’s interest in public health, career goals, purpose for applying to the program, and how the program will serve future goals.
  • Completed applications and submitted documentation including essay, CV/resume, test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation and all other materials listed below.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation - ​while not required, it is recommended that at least one letter come from a faculty member who can attest to the applicant's academic performance.
Admissions Process and Instructions

To apply for admission to the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) master of public health program, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application.*

*Exception: Some joint degree seeking students, occupational medicine residencypreventive medicine residency, and some fellowship applicants are required to follow the application process using the CSPH online supplemental application.  Please see your individual program page for details on application instructions.  Fellowship applicants, please contact the Office of Student Affairs for a determination of your application process, or 303.724.4613.


 Application Instructions


 SOPHAS Application

Step 1 | SOPHAS Application

    The SOPHAS application  may take you several hours to complete, so it is best to prepare your information in advance and set aside time to complete the process.  You will be required to complete the following information or submit the following items:

    • Applicant Information
    • Additional Information
    • Academic History [Tests (CSPH School of Public Health GRE Code: 7844); Colleges and Universities attended; Coursework; and Curriculum Vitae/Resume]
    • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
    • References (3 letters of recommendation)
    • School Designation 
    • SOPHAS application fee (your fee amount will vary depending upon the number of schools to which you apply)
    Designatin​g Desired Degree/Concentration and Second Choice

    SOPHAS contains a section, "School Designations". You will use this section to declare the campus (program) and area of concentration you wish to apply to, as well as your second choice. 


  • Click on "Update Designations" in the top left hand corner of the screen. 
  • Choose "Colorado School of Public Health" from the first drop down menu. 
  • Next, choose the campus and concentration you would like to elect for your first choice from the second drop down menu. 
  • Click the "search" button. Select the program and click "submit". 
  • You will repeat this process to indicate your second choice campus and concentration. You will have the opportunity to rank concentrations on SOPHAS. 

    SOPHAS Maili​ng and Contact Information

    SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
    617.612.2090 | |

    Colorado​ School of Public Health Mailing and Contact Information

    13001 E. 17th Place B119 | Aurora, CO 80045
    303.724.4613 |

    International Students

    TOEFL: Submit official TOEFL Scores. Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores earned within two years preceding the desired term of entry.  Minimum score required: 550-paper; 213-computer; 80-Internet. SOPHAS TOEFL code: 5688

    TOEFL alternativesIELTS score of 6.5 is accepted in lieu of TOEFL. International students may also waive the TOEFL requirement by successfully completing the ESL academy​.

    Transcripts: Transcripts from non-US institutions need to be verified by the World Education Services (WES) and sent directly to SOPHAS.  A course-by-course transcript evaluation is required.

    Financial Statement: Admitted international applicants must submit official proof of funding for at least one year of tuition, fees, and living expenses and an official request for I-20 form to CSPH.

    Additional Notes

    Exceptions to Official Test Scores: completed graduate level degree from an accredited U.S. institution OR successful completion of the CSPH Certificate of Public Health Sciences​ program with a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.

    Alternatives to the GRE: DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or PCAT

    Timeline: SOPHAS gathers all application materials and verifies documentation before releasing your application to CSPH.  Your application materials must be received by SOPHAS by the application deadline.  It may take SOPHAS 3-4 weeks to receive, process and verify your application and materials before releasing your materials to CSPH. For this reason, we recommend that you begin the application process well in advance of the application deadline.

    Step 2 | Check Your Application Status Through SOPHAS

    You should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS and that your completed application has been sent to CSPH.  Please note that it may take SOPHAS up to 3-4 weeks to process and send your SOPHAS application to CSPH.

    Upon receiving your completed application and supporting documents, your application will be considered ready for review. Applicant review generally begins after the preferred deadline. Once a decision is made regarding your application status you will receive notification via email. Notifications are typically sent in mid-March. 


 Mailing Addresses

SOPHAS Mailing and Contact Information
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 911 | Watertown, MA 02471

Colorado School of Public Health Mailing and Contact Information
13001 E. 17th Place B119 | Auroro, CO 80045

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