Submitting Your Application
Applications to the MPH, MS, DrPH and PhD degree programs must be submitted through SOPHAS.
Applications to the MPH/MSW, Certificate and non-degree programs must be submitted through the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.
The following materials are required for applications to be considered complete:
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- GRE or MCAT scores
- Note: MCAT scores not accepted for MS or PhD applicants to Biomedical Sciences or Environmental Health Sciences; Standardized test scores are not required for the DrPH program
- Three recommendations from persons familiar with your academic qualifications
- Personal Statement about your educational and professional goals
- TOEFL score is required of international students
The following codes must be used to submit scores to SOPHAS. Applicants must specifically designate each institution they are applying to when requesting scores from ETS. If the correct code is not used, the University at Albany School of Public Health will not receive official GRE scores from SOPHAS:
GRE: 4216 SUNY U ALBANY SOPHAS
It is strongly recommended that students also have test scores sent directly to the University at Albany using code 2532.
Official transcripts (documents with original dean’s, registrar’s or appropriate authority’s original signature and/or university seal on official paper in sealed envelope) must be sent directly from the schools attended to SOPHAS. Transcripts from every post-secondary academic institution attended, regardless of length of enrollment or credit awarded, must be submitted, including college level courses taken while in high school.
All international student applicants must submit credentials/transcripts from all international universities attended to an accredited evaluation service to be evaluated and translated into English (if necessary). Please instruct the evaluation service to submit the final report directly to SOPHAS. It is important to plan for this extra time in submitting your credentials to ensure application deadlines are met.
There are a number of evaluation services to use, including:
Note: Applicants whose academic training was not in the U.S., but who are in the U.S. at the time the application is submitted MUST adhere to all requirements as outlined for international students on SOPHAS.
Standardized Test Scores
All applicants, except Certificate and DrPH, must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may be substituted for the GRE in some programs.
MPH applicants who have previously completed a graduate degree (MS, PhD, MD, etc) at an accredited US university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for a GRE waiver. In addition, applicants who have successfully completed Step 1 & 2 of the USMLE may submit an official score report and apply for a GRE waiver.
The completed GRE Waiver Request Form should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter should be from a former university faculty member in the major field of study. Additional suggestions for references could be undergraduate/graduate advisors and/or recent employers.
All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. This is also an opportunity to explain, to the admissions committee, any limitations that might be present in your application. There is a limit of 1500 words for the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as content. The admission committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the extent to which the candidate’s goals prove appropriate for the program.
A complete list of application deadlines for all degree programs can be found here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SOPHAS APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING ADMISSION
All applications for Spring admission MUST be complete and submitted on SOPHAS by August 4, 2013. Students have the option of waiting until September 5, 2013 to begin the application process and meet the listed deadline for spring admission.
Applications that are started but NOT submitted on SOPHAS by August 4, 2013 will NOT be transferred to the new cycle and the applicant will have to start the process again after September 5, 2013.
SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) is a Centralized Application Service. This service allows you to apply to multiple schools of pubic health with just one application, one set of reference letters, and one set of transcripts. All MPH, MS, PhD and DrPH degree applications to the School of Public Health must be submitted through SOPHAS at http://www.sophas.org/.
The following criteria must be met otherwise SOPHAS will not verify your application:
- Personal essay has been submitted.
- All coursework has been recorded on the application.
- All supplemental questions have been answered
- All official transcripts have been received
- Two out of three recommendations have been received
Please keep in mind that once SOPHAS has received all of your application materials it may take up to four weeks for your application to be processed and verified as complete. Be sure to request your transcripts, references, and standardized test scores in sufficient time for all required materials to be received and verified by SOPHAS by the specified application deadline or your application will not be considered on time.
SOPHAS will not hold your application for the following items:
- Standardized test scores
- International transcripts
Therefore it is possible for the University at Albany School of Public Health admissions office to receive incomplete files. If this happens your application will be not be reviewed by the School admissions committee until the necessary documents are received from SOPHAS.
To check the status of transcripts, letters of recommendation, or any issue regarding your SOPHAS application prior to it being mailed, log into your SOPHAS account. For problems regarding the receipt of transcripts, the submission of reference letters or the application, please contact SOPHAS customer service directly at 617-612-2051.