Admission Requirements/Information

This page holds information about the admission requirements  for each of the degree programs, deadlines and information regarding assistantships and financial aid can be found at the bottom of this page.

Applicants to the MS, MPH, and PhD, DrPH programs in Environmental Health Sciences are expected to meet the following criteria for admission. These criteria are used as a guideline and may be modified in certain instances by the members of the Admissions Committee.

Applicants to the MS or PhD program must specify which of the three tracks they plan to study:

Environmental Chemistry
Toxicology
Environmental and Occupational Health

Deadlines:

January 1 for PhD applicants with consideration for fellowship/assistantship;
March 1 for all other applicants

February 1 for MPH applicants with consideration for fellowship;
March 1 for all other applicants

March 1 for MS applicants

January 1 for DrPH applicants

All applicants should apply through SOPHAS

SOPHAS University at Albany codes are:
GRE: 4216
TOEFL: 5688

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Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy 

Basic Admission Criteria
Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
Satisfactory record of achievement and scholarship
Grade point average of 3.0 or better
Combined total of at least 42 credits in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.  Consideration will be given to students with other academic backgrounds on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. The advanced test in biology, (bio) chemistry, or physics is recommended.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International students are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to being considered for admission. The minimal acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test; 250 on the computer-based test; or 100 on the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. Ideally, all three letters should be from former university professors.  For candidates whose academic record predates the application by 5 years or more, supervisors may submit letters of recommendation.

Statement
All applicants must submit a statement explaining their motivation for the proposed course of study. There is no limit to the length of the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content. The Admissions Committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but also the degree to which the candidate's goals are appropriate for the program.

Master of Public Health

Applicants to the Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences are expected to meet the following criteria for admission. These criteria are used as a guideline and may be modified in certain instances by the members of the Admissions Committee.

Basic Admission Criteria
Must hold a bachelors degree from a college or university of recognized standing
Grade point average of 3.0 or better
One year of biology (either basic biology or physiology or microbiology)
A college level course in mathematics (algebra) or statistics
A semester of social sciences
Two semesters of chemistry

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
All applicants must submit GRE scores to be considered for admission. Scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be substituted for the GRE.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to be considered for admission. The minimum acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test; 250 on the computer-based test; or 100 on the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation
All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation prior to being considered for admission. At least one letter must be from a former university teacher.

Statement

All applicants must submit a statement explaining why they wish to pursue a career in public health. There is no limit to the length of the narrative statement. These statements are judged for grammar and spelling as well as for content. The Admissions Committee evaluates not only the academic preparation of candidates, but the degree to which the candidate's goals are appropriate for the program.

Doctor of Public Health

Applicants to the Doctor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences are expected to meet the following criteria for admission. These criteria are used as a guideline and may be modified in certain instances by the members of the Admissions Committee.

Basic Admission Criteria

MPH, or other master's degree in health, social science, or a related field, from an accredited American college or university or a well-regarded foreign college or university
At least two years work experience in public health or related field, preferably for an uninterrupted period of time, typically, but not always, following completion of a master's degree

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

GRE and/or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores are not required. However, if the applicant has taken the GRE or MCAT, a copy of the test results should be included in the application.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score on the TOEFL prior to be considered for admission. The minimum acceptable score is 600 on the paper-based test; 250 on the computer-based test; or 100 on the internet-based test.

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from academic/professional sources. One letter must be from work experience, and one from an academic source if the applicant has been a student within the past five years. 

Statement

Personal statement describing previous professional experience, intended area of DrPH concentration, and specific educational interests and career goals in public health. The student must demonstrate commitment to the practice of public health. The personal statement should be 2-3 pages, with at least one page discussing applicable public health or related work experience.

Writing Sample

The student must demonstrate writing and communication skills through the submission of a writing sample.  The applicant must be the sole author of the writing sample.

Interviews

The DrPH Admissions Committee will evaluate each application based on the applicant’s demonstrated ability to excel at graduate work and evidence, contained in the application, that the applicant has clearly defined career goals that can be advanced by completing the DrPH program.Applicants who pass an initial review of their completed application will be invited to be interviewed by the DrPH Admissions Committee. These interviews are required.

Assistantships/Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships and full tuition scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to PhD students. Stipends range from $22,700-26,000 per year, and include comprehensive health insurance. After the first year in the program, PhD students are typically funded on faculty research grants, which also includes comprehensive health insurance.

The University at Albany has many forms of financial aid for graduate students, please see their Funding Graduate Studies webpage. For the most up-to-date information regarding the cost of study, please see the University at Albany Financial Aid webpage.