Application Information

Please Note: As a result of COVID-19, the MSU MPH is temporarily waiving the GRE application requirement through September 30, 2020.  Applicants must submit the waiver request form to their application portal.

All courses offered within this degree are delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered by the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Michigan State University (MSU). However, MPH students may request prior approval to enroll in public health related on-campus courses as electives, although there is no guarantee of approval.

The sections below detail all the information needed to apply for admission to the MPH program. 

Applications to the MPH are accepted throughout the year. Admission is done on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Deadlines

SemesterClasses BeginApplication Deadlines
Fall Late August May 31, 11:59p.m.
Spring January September 30, 11:59p.m.   
Summer May February 28, 11:59p.m.


Application Requirements

Including expectations for each application requirement as well as submission instructions.

 Master of Public Health
 Master of Public Health - Dual Enrollment
 Master of Public Health - International Applicants
 Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate


State Authorization: Distance Education Restrictions Based on Permanent Residence

Michigan State University is obligated to comply with existing state laws regarding distance education (programs/departments offering courses delivered exclusively online). State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state. The Master of Public Health offered through the College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health at Michigan State University requires a practicum experience that constitutes a physical presence in some states, therefore restricting enrollment in our program to residents of those states.

Prior to applying, please access the State-by-State Summary , for the most up-to-date approved and restricted states. For more information, please visit MSU's State Authorization website . Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Overview of the Application Process

1.  Submit the Appropriate Application

Applicants access the MSU Application for Graduate Study, complete the application, and pay the application fee.

  • For questions regarding financial hardship and application fees, applicants should reference the Graduate School Application Fee Waiver website. Please note: the Master of Public Health does not pay application fees for prospective students.

It is imperative applicants provide a valid e-mail address as decision letters are sent via e-mail.

An MSU applicant ID number is provided after submission of the appropriate application. This is needed for submission of application requirements specific to the Master of Public Health program.

2.  Create a Login to the Graduate Application Portal

Applicants create a login to the graduate application portal following the directions received by e-mail. The applicant ID number (provided with submission of an MSU application) is required.

Applicants who have submitted their application and have not received an e-mail with instructions regarding their applicant portal, should contact the university’s Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332. The Office of Admissions should also be contacted if difficulties with the applicant portal arise during the application process.

3.  Submit Application Materials Required by the Master of Public Health Degree Program

Applicants must submit the following materials using the graduate application portal:  

Applicants must submit the following materials directly to the MPH program or the MSU Office of Admissions:

Virtual Information Webinars

The MSU Master of Public Health (MPH) Virtual Information Webinar gives prospective students the opportunity to learn more about Michigan State University's online public health program. Prospective students can explore the benefits of joining over 600 Spartans in public health and the importance of becoming a part of public health in action.

Virtual Admissions Drop-In Sessions

Each admissions drop-in session is an opportunity to talk live with an MPH team member. Ask questions relevant to where you are in the application process.

Application Status

Questions regarding application status are to be directed through the application portal e-messaging system. 

Direct any questions or issues with the application portal to the Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332.

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Online Master of
Public Health Degree Office

Capitol Theatre Building
130 East 2nd Street
Suite 202
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 600-5601
(810) 600-9171

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