Applying to the Master of Public Health (MPH) as an International Applicant

Thank you for your interest in Michigan State University’s (MSU) Master of Public Health program! The diversity brought to MSU’s courses and campus by international students is so important. The university feels privileged to accommodate so many international students every year.

Please note: due to the online nature of the MPH program, international applicants are unable to obtain through our program the I-20 necessary for a student visa to study in the United States. International applicants must be able to complete our program from their home country unless they are currently in the United States with an unrestricted visa. Please contact the Office for International Students and Scholars for more information on visa restrictions and online learning.

Office for International Students and Scholars
(517) 353-1720


Residents of Canada: Michigan State University is unable to offer online-only programs to residents of Canada. Residents of Canada are unable to apply for MSU's MPH program. For more information, please visit the MSU State Authorization website or call the MPH office. 

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars program is no longer accepting applications and has terminated their partnership with Michigan State University as of March 21, 2018.


International applicants can find more information on the Graduate School International Applicants website.

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Application Deadlines

MPH Application Requirements for International Applicants


Unfortunately, the Master of Public Health program is not offering any scholarships or assistantships at this time. Please access the resources below to research different funding opportunities. Please note: international applicants are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

The Graduate School Funding Website

Office for International Students and Scholars Grants and Scholarships Website

The Office of Financial Aid International Students Website


Application Deadlines

International applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted at least four months prior to the specified deadline of the semester for which they are applying.


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Application Deadlines

Recommended Application Deadlines for International Applicants


Late August

May 31, 11:59p.m.

January 31, 11:59p.m.



September 30, 11:59p.m.   

May 31, 11:59p.m.



February 28, 11:59p.m.

October 31, 11:59p.m.


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 can submit an application for an application fee waiver by completing the form here. Application fee waivers will not be approved until all application materials have been submitted. Approved applications will not reflect the paid fee prior to review by the Admissions Committee. Please contact with any questions.


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

Please see the application requirements for international applicants page for detailed descriptions of what is required for each application requirement.

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

  • Three Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Test scores from a standardized graduate or professional school test (optional)
  • Academic statement (optional)

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

  • Official transcripts directly from the institution
  • International Applicants: official English language proficiency test scores


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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