Admissions

The University at Albany School of Public Health offers a wide range of degree programs designed to provide students with a strong background in the field of public health.  Students can select from our professional degrees - MPH and DrPH, including a fully online MPH and a dual MPH/MSW - or a specialized academic degree - MS and PhD. 

If you are ready to apply to the School of Public Health, we are here to assist you.  We are a CEPH accredited school of public health and participate in SOPHAS, the online application service which allows you to apply to multiple schools of public health with one application.  All applications, with the exception of the MPH/MSW, Certificate and non-degree, are to be submitted directly to SOPHAS

About Us

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is a dynamic and progressive place for students to advance their careers through graduate study.  We are the only School of Public that is in partnership with a state health department, providing students with opportunities to work closely with faculty who are practitioners and research scientists addressing “front-page” health issues.  Our degree programs combine cutting edge research, policy development, and administration, and our students benefit from having access to New York State Department of Health facilities, databases, internships and full-time employment opportunities.

To learn more about the admissions process, review the sections above and visit our frequently asked questions page.

For application specific questions or to schedule a visit to the School of Public Health, contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

Visiting the School of Public Health

Information Session

Whether you are interested in community health or laboratory research, come find out if the University at Albany School of Public Health is the place for you!
Find out about the application and admissions process, and meet with faculty. Register below for the session.
 
 Saturday, November 8 10am - 12pm Register

Hosted at the School of Public Health, George Education Center, One University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144

SOPHAS Virtual Fairs

The School of Public Health will be participating in a series of online SOPHAS virtual fairs.  Join us to learn more about University at Albany's School of Public Health programs and admissions process.

 Wednesday, November 5 12-2pm         Register 
 Thursday, November 6 3-5pm        Register
 Friday, November 7 11am-1pm  Register
 
Individual Appointments

To schedule a visit to the School of Public Health or set up an appointment with an admissions representative, please contacts us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.

How do I get to the East Campus?

Take the UAlbany Shuttle from the Science Library, University at Albany Uptown Campus. The schedule can be found at http://www.albany.edu/pmts/bus_schedules.php. Please note that the East Campus Shuttle is available on weekdays only.

Take a taxi from nearby Albany Greyhound/Trailways Bus Terminal or Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station.

Driving directions to the School of Public Health: 1 University Place, Rensselaer, NY 12144.
*Please note- when entering the address in your GPS, the "city" field should be Rensselaer NOT Albany. If you search for the University at Albany in your GPS, it will bring you to the Main Campus in Albany. We are not located on that campus. We are located on the East Campus in Rensselaer, NY.

To obtain directions to the East Campus from your current location, please use UAlbany's Interactive Google Map.When choosing your destination, please select:

Campus: East Campus
Area: Academic
Specific Area: George Education Center

Parking

Parking is free on the East Campus. Please park in the General/Student lot.

Accommodations

Need to stay overnight?  Stay in one of the hotels near the East Campus.

Application Deadlines

A complete list of application deadlines for all degree programs can be found here.

Admissions Criteria

Please visit the Admissions page for your specific program, found under the Admissions heading on the left-hand side of the page, to review the admission criteria and required coursework for acceptance into your intended program.

Submitting Your Application

Applications to the MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD degree programs must be submitted through SOPHAS

A tutorial on how to navigate through SOPHAS and submitting your application can be found here at "How to apply through SOPHAS."

Applications to the Certificate in Public Health Fundamentals and Principles must be submitted through SOPHAS Express.

Applications to the MPH/MSW, Certificate in Health Disparities, and non-degree programs must be submitted through the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Required Application Materials

The following materials are required for masters and doctoral applications to be considered complete:

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  2. 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
  3. Three recommendations from persons familiar with your academic qualifications
  4. Personal Statement about your educational and professional goals
  5. Resume 
  6. TOEFL score is required of international students

The following codes must be used to submit standardized test scores to SOPHAS:
GRE: 4216 SUNY U ALBANY SOPHAS
TOEFL: 5688

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.

It is strongly recommended that students also have test scores sent directly to the University at Albany using code 2532. 

Transcripts

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.  

International Transcripts

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). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Service (WES).  It may take up to 6 weeks for SOPHAS to receive the WES evaluation, so it is important to plan for this extra time in submitting your credentials to ensure application deadlines are met.

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.

The following code must be used to submit GRE scores to SOPHAS:
4216 SUNY U ALBANY SOPHAS

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 sphadmissions@albany.edu.

Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. Two of these letters must be from academic sources. At least one academic 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.

Personal Essay

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.

SOPHAS

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about the admissions process, review the sections above and visit our frequently asked questions page.

 

Cost of Attendance

Affordability is a quality that distinguishes the University at Albany School of Public Health from other accredited Public Health Schools. We consistently offer our students low tuition fees complemented with a competitive and unique education in public health.

For information on tuition and fees for the academic year visit the main University at Albany website at http://www.albany.edu/studentaccounts/Cost%20of%20Attendance.php

Fellowships and Assistantships

The School of Public Health offers fellowships and diversity awards to incoming students who are in good academic standing, demonstrate merit, and meet the eligibility criteria. An application is REQUIRED for consideration for one of these awards.  Students must submit their degree application for entry into the School of Public Health by the stated program deadline for consideration of funding, and must also submit the fellowship or assistantship application directly to the School of Public Health no later than February 1st or the deadline of the program to which the student is applying, if earlier than February 1st. 

The School of Public Health offers the David Axelrod Fellowship and the William Randolph Hearst Fellowship each year.  These fellowships are awarded to an entering MPH or MS student, based on merit and certain eligibility criteria.

The University at Albany awards Carson Carr Diversity Teaching/Graduate Assistantships to entering PhD, DrPH, MPH or MS students, based on merit and certain eligibility criteria.

All students applying for one of the above named awards must submit the School of Public Health Fellowship/Assistantship Application with supplementary materials directly to sphadmissions@albany.edu.

Department Doctoral Graduate Assistantships

Doctoral students have opportunities for funding through their academic departments.  Funding for doctoral students varies by semester and by department, and awarded based on merit to incoming doctoral students. Doctoral students should contact their department directly with questions about applying for a research, teaching, or graduate assistantship.

University at Albany Assistantships

Students may apply for graduate assistantships offered by other administrative units at the University at Albany. The listing of these assistantships found under Administrative Unit Graduate Assistantships at www.albany.edu/graduate/funding-graduate-study.php.

PHLOT Funding

Full-time employees at a New York State local health department or the New York State Department of Health, committed to pursing graduate studies in public health at the University at Albany, are eligible to apply for tuition assistance from the Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow (PHLOT) program.  For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply for a tuition award, please visit the PHLOT web page.

Academic Year Opportunities

The School of Public Health Internships and Career Services Office also provides students with information about part-time jobs, assistantships, fellowships, and grants which become available during the academic year through the weekly email listserv sent to all enrolled students.

Further information about options for funding graduate study are provided at the University at Albany Office of Graduate Studies.

Additional Options for Financial Aid

School of Public Health Financial Assistance Information

There are a number of ways to finance your education at the School of Public Health. To learn more about the University at Albany options available to you, review the SPH Financial Aid brochure.

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) provides extensive information and tips on how to find scholarships on their Financing Your Degree website. ASPPH has also produced an informative webinar on How to Finance Your Public Health Degree.

Students are encouraged to start the process of searching for financial support as early as possible as most scholarships deadlines are October, November and December, before the application deadlines for most programs. 

How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

The Office of Financial Aid will only send financial aid award notices to students who have been accepted for admission into a University at Albany graduate degree program and are registered for 6 or more credits.

Graduate students must be matriculated into a degree program and enrolled for at least 6 credits to qualify for Federal Stafford Loans.

In order to be considered for assistance administered by the University at Albany, all information required by the Graduate Admissions Office should be submitted on a timely basis.   Students who are considering attendance at the University at Albany can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), listing the University at Albany School code 002835, prior to being admitted to the University.

Graduate students admitted as "non-degree" are only eligible for federal aid if they are taking approved University at Albany undergraduate courses required for admission into a University at Albany graduate degree program.

Your registration status for financial aid depends on the number of enrolled credits.  The exceptions to this are 1 credit 899 dissertation credits, which count as a full-time academic load.  While the 1 credit dissertation credit allows graduate students to be eligible for financial aid, the estimated cost of attendance is based on the cost of one tuition credit.

Enrolled Credits Registration Status
12 or More Full Time
9* 3/4 Time
6 Half Time
Less Than 6 Less Than Half Time

* 9 credits is considered full time for individuals who have a Graduate Assistantship position

How to Accept Your Financial Aid

Most financial aid awards require an acceptance decision by the aid recipient before the aid can be processed further.  If you have been awarded Federal Work Study, a Federal Perkins loan, and/or a Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford loan, you must notify financial aid of the amount you accept.  If you choose to decline an award, you must inform financial aid of this decision.

At the University at Albany, students accept, reduce and decline their financial aid awards online through the My Financial Aid section of MyUAlbany.

Instructions for accepting, reducing and declining aid are mailed with Financial Aid Award Notices.  The self-service instructions guide students through logging on to MyUAlbany, navigating to their My Financial Aid page, and accepting, reducing or declining their award offer.

Award acceptance instructions are available in the Self-Service Instructions section of the Forms and Publications page of the Financial Aid website.

For more information on Federal and New York aid programs and access to financial forms please visit The Office of Financial Aid.


Additional Application Requirements for International Students

In addition to the requirements outlined in the Application section of this website, International students must fulfill additional requirements. These requirements include:

1. Completion of a degree program equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.

2. An official certification of the award of all degrees in addition to all academic transcripts in the original language accompanied by certified translations into English.

3. 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). SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Service (WES).  It may take up to 6 weeks for SOPHAS to receive the WES evaluation, so it is important to plan for this extra time in submitting your credentials to ensure application deadlines are met. If a different evaluation service is used, SOPHAS applicants should have it sent directly to the School of Public Health Admissions Office.

There are a number of evaluation services to use.  Please note that SOPHAS will only accept evaluations from the World Education Services (WES). SOPHAS applicants will receive a 10% reduction in the cost of the WES evaluation.

      *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. 

      4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System(IELTS) is required for students whose native language is not English. (TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for students who previously have been enrolled for a minimum of two full-time semesters in a U.S. college or English-speaking institution unless you are applying to the TESOL program.)

      *The University recommends a minimum TOEFL score for most UAlbany programs of 213 (computer based), 550 (paper based), or 79 (Internet based). The recommended minimum IELTS bandscore is 6.5 for most graduate programs. Several academic departments do require higher results. You may query programs of your choice through the Academic Departments page.


      All official documents should be submitted directly to SOPHAS. It is not necessary to submit an additional copy to the School of Public Health.

      Prior to enrolling, complete and submit a Student Financial Affidavit to document an international student’s ability to meet all educational and living expenses while attending UAlbany. Supporting documentation sent to UAlbany evidencing financial support (bank statements, deposit verification, etc.) must also be provided with the affidavit.

      Financial Information


      Cost of Attending UAlbany

      The Office for International Student & Scholar Services provides the latest information on Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses for international students at the University at Albany. In addition, international students should consider an additional $4,000 annually for each dependent who accompanies them to Albany.

      Financial Assistance  

      A wide range of financial aid opportunities are available at Financing Graduate Study at the University. The University is unable to provide any other financial assistance to prospective graduate international students. It is, therefore, essential that students provide an honest and accurate declaration of funding on the Financial Affidavit.

      Accepted Students


      Finalizing Admission

      A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $250 is required of all students who decide to accept our offer of admission into the MPH program. Deposits must be submitted electronically through the UAlbany Marketplace. This enrollment deposit will secure your place in the incoming class and be applied to your student account. Once you submit the enrollment deposit, you will be provided with advisement for fall courses, instructions for registering, schedule of classes and housing information.

      Housing

      Both on and off-campus housing options exist for graduate students. Empire Commons, an apartment style living complex, is available at the Uptown Campus. For more information please visit www.albany.edu/housing.

      Off-campus housing can be obtained through a variety of resources. The first thing students should consider is whether or not they will have access to a vehicle. If students are relying upon public transportation, they are encouraged to look at and around bus routes to find a suitable location to live. Students with access to automobiles may want to look through local newspaper listings, such as www.timesunion.com or at the Office of Residential Life through their website at www.albany.edu/housing/living/rl_offcampushousing.html. This website is accessible to all University at Albany students, however and often caters to undergraduate student needs. Additional housing information will be mailed with your acceptance letter.

      Useful Phone Numbers/Contacts (Opens new window)

           

      General Information

      SEVIS Fee

      The SEVIS fee must be paid in order for you to obtain an F-1 or J-1 visa. You cannot apply for your visa until the fee is paid.

      Please note that while citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt from the requirement to possess a visa to enter the U.S. However, they are still required to pay the SEVIS fee.

      Please refer to the following Student and Exchange Visitor website for more information: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

      All students who pay the SEVIS fee will receive a formal receipt that should be used as proof of fee payment. To pay the SEVIS fee online, go to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements website then select File the 1-901 Form online and follow the instructions.

      I-20 Form (F-1 visa)

      The I-20 form is a document issued by the university to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for a student visa. The initial I-20 form is mailed with your acceptance letter to UAlbany School of Public Health. Please note that an I-20 form will not be issued unless you have officially been accepted to the program.

      DS-2019 Form (J-1 visa)

      This form is issued by the university to certify to the U.S. government that you are eligible for the J-1 Trainee Visa. The J-1 visa is typically issued to individuals coming to the U.S. as students who are receiving funding to pursue a specific program of study, research, training or a cultural enrichment program.

      After receiving your I-20 form or your DS-2019 form it must be signed and brought to the U.S. Embassy in your country.

      To obtain a student (F-1) or an exchange visitor (J-1) visa you must:

          1. Bring verification of official acceptance into the program 
          2. Have formally confirmed that you plan to attend the University at Albany School of Public Health
          3. Provide a copy of your Student Financial Affidavit or evidence of financial support (bank statements, letters of sponsorship etc.) to prove that you can support the costs of living and studying in the U.S. for the entire duration of your program of study
          4. Bring a passport from your home country that will be valid for the duration of your program and at least 6 months after its end
          5. Provide any evidence that you might have to demonstrate that you have strong ties to your home country and that you plan to return to your home country at the conclusion of your study and any period of authorized employment.

      Once the visa has been approved your passport will be stamped with the name of the school. Please note that students must be registered for classes within 30 days after the visa has been issued. .

      I-94 form

      This form will be issued to you once you cross the border into the United States. It must be completed by foreign citizens being admitted into the country on a non-immigrant status. Once completed, the form is evaluated by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer who will approve your admission into the country for an authorized time period. This time period is typically based on the length of time it will take you to obtain your degree. After approval, the stamped form will usually be stapled into your passport. It is important that you DO NOT LOSE this form because it is proof that you have entered the country legally. This form must also be presented to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) once you have arrived on campus. If lost, a replacement is costly so please hold on to this form. Once your period of authorization has expired or you chose to leave the U.S. for an unspecified period of time, this form will be collected from you by the U.S. CBP.

      For additional information on preparing for your first semester at UALBANY please refer to Graduate student To-Do List
      View the full size To-Do List PDF 

      Arrival in Albany


      Services for International Students

      The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is the resource and advisement center for UAlbany's international student population. Services provided include U.S. Immigration counseling, cultural and academic orientation, coordination of social events, a Language Partners Program, and personal and University procedural concerns. You can contact ISS at (518) 591–8171 or via e-mail at ISSS@albany.edu.

      Once you have arrived in Albany you should go directly to the International Student and Scholar Services Office for any questions and concerns. In addition please make sure you attend the New International Student Orientation program that occurs before the start of the semester.

      International Student & Scholar Services

      Science Library G-40
      University at Albany
      1400 Washington Avenue
      Albany, NY 12222 U.S.A.

      Office Hours:
      Summer Hours (May 18 -- Aug 24)
      8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
      Monday through Friday

      Email: mailto:isss@albany.edu
      Phone: 518.591.8189
      Fax: 518.591.8171

       

      Please note that our campus is located on the East campus of the University at Albany in Rensselaer. However, both the Biomedical Science department and the Environmental Health department are located near downtown campus at the Wadsworth Center. If you are from either of these two departments academic matters should be dealt with through these departments.

      To find a specific location on the University at Albany Campus please go to the following link:

      http://www.ualbanyits.org/maps/

      For more information on travel and directions please go to the following link:

      http://www.albany.edu/about_visiting_maps.php

      Lodging around Albany

      Lodging around the East Campus

       

      Useful Information

      General Information about the University and its Region: Please visit About UAlbany

      Join Your Fellow Graduate Students

      You are encouraged to find out about the Graduate Student Organization, a student-run group whose programs facilitate and enhance the academic and extracurricular experience of graduate students at UAlbany. Among its services are its travel and research grants programs, which provide support to qualifying graduate students.

      Healthcare and Counseling Services

      For a mandatory Student Health Fee, the University Health Center provides routine medical services year round for all enrolled students. Other available health coverage at UAlbany includes:

        -Medical coverage through the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan
        -A Student Employee Health Plan for teaching, graduate, or research assistants and their dependents
        -Psychological services through the University Counseling Center
        -A crisis hotline and peer education services through the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program

        For the answers to many common questions, please see International Student: Frequently Asked Questions.

        For more information and access to the Graduate Welcome Packet please go to: http://www.albany.edu/isss/new_students/welcomepkt.shtml