Prospective Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions



What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?

We require scores in the upper percentiles.

How long are GRE scores valid?

GRE scores are valid for five years.

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Can I apply if I have an associate's degree?

No, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Is there a requirement to have a background in science or engineering when applying for the MSPH degree?

There are no pre-requisite requirements for our Master degrees. All of our core course are taught on an introductory basis.

Is there a requirement to have a background in public health when applying for the MPH degree?

We accept students with a wide variety of academic and work backgrounds. Prior work experience is not required that MPH candidates have academic or work experience in public health.

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Where can I find the application?

Applications must be recieved through the centralized application system:

What is the application deadline?

We function on a rolling admissions schedule for all Master’s programs and do not have any deadlines. We continue to review master applications until the first day of class. Doctoral candidates seeking funding must apply by December 1st of the year prior to their desired start date. Doctoral candidates not seeking funding should apply by January 15th. Students seeking admission to the BSPH-MPH combined degree program must apply by September 15th if the desired start date is January, or by March 15th if the desired start date is August.

Do you offer spring admission?

Yes, we do offer Spring Admission.

Do you offer summer admission?

Yes, we do offer Summer Admission.

What should be in my “career statement”?

In your career statement, you should tell us about your strengths, your passion for public health and your future career goals. You should also mention how your program of interest relates to your goals. We strongly recommend having at least two people proof read your statement before you submit it.

What is the application fee? Can it be waived? charges an application fee for every program you choose to apply. Cost starts at $120, however there is a fee waiver program.  Please access more information at the SOPHAS FAQ page:

Tulane SPHTM does not charge any application fee. We are one of the few schools which do not have a secondary application.

What will Tulane evaluate when considering my application for admission?

The Tulane SPHTM will evaluate all of your application materials when considering your application for admission. There is no one area that is emphasized.  The application is reviewed as a whole.

How many letters of recommendation should I submit, and who should they be from?

You should have at least three letters of recommendation. Ideally, two should be academic references and one should be a professional reference.

Are extracurricular activities or part-time employment considered in the evaluation of the application?

It is optional to include extracurricular activities and part-time employment in the application. If included, these components will be evaluated by the review committees.

Are interviews required?

The Master in Health Administration (MHA) program in Global Health Management and Policy Department requires an interview as part of the application process. Occasionally doctoral applicants are required to interview.

Where do I send my application materials?

All application materials will be submitted directly to, except for the International English Language Testing System score report (IELTS) or the Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) evaluation report for foreign transcripts. Have the issuing agency send these documents directly to SPHTM Admissions, 1440 Canal Street, #8329 Suite 2460, New Orleans, LA 70112

How do I check on the status of my application?

You can contact the Office of Admissions at (504) 988-5388 or email us at:

How many applications do you receive?

The number varies from year to year, but we typically receive around 1,500 applications per academic year.  

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How long will it take to get an admission decision?

The processing times for graduate applicants to receive an admissions decision varies by program. Graduate applicants should contact the department of their program for processing times.

How will Tulane notify me of its decision regarding my application?

You will receive email notification of the decision. The original decision letter will be placed in regular postal mail.

Can I reapply if I am denied admission? How do I reapply?

Yes, you can reapply if you are denied admission. We ask that you submit a revised SOPHAS application in the following SOPHAS cycle at:

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What are the tuition and other expenses?

You will be billed on a per-credit hour basis.There is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. For more information about tuition and fees, please visit this website:

How do I apply for financial aid and what is the FAFSA?

Our financial aid is in the form of government loans. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application for all federal and state aid programs. You can apply for FAFSA, by visiting this website:

Where do I find the FAFSA and when should I complete it?    

You may fill out your FAFSA beginning January the academic year in which you will begin.  For example, if you matriculate in Spring, you may begin filling out your FAFSA in January of the prior academic year.  If you matriculate in Fall , you may fill out your FAFSA in January of the same academic year. Access the form at:

Do I fill out an application to be considered for funding?

No, we do not have any application for funding. Most of our funding is geared toward doctoral programs and disseminated at departmental discretion.

Do you offer a part-time program?

Yes, students can take courses on a part time basis. You must be enrolled in a degree-seeking for at least 5 credits per semester to obtain student loans. Non Degree Seeking Students are not eligible for government loans.

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Is there on-campus housing?

Deming Pavilion, located at 204 S. Saratoga St. is our on-campus housing. Please visit the website:

Another housing option is the Papillon Apartments:

You may wish to visit the student operated Off-Campus Residents Association’s (OCRA) website to view housing options:

What is covered by the student health insurance?  How do I get accurate information regarding student health insurance?

Please check the Downtown Student Health website for information regarding student insurance:

Can you verify student’s credentials for employment?

Please see the following website to direct your inquiry:

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Do you offer funding or scholarships to international students?

International students usually secure their own funding. Overall, departments have some funding on the doctoral level which they disseminate at their own discretion. You may check with the department of your interest for more information about funding opportunities.

What programs can international students apply to?

International students can apply to any of our programs. There are no restrictions placed on what program international students may apply to.

What is the process for the I-20 documentation?

The I-20 process usually takes five business days after we receive all required documents.The form will be sent to you through FedEx Express delivery. You can find more information about I-20 requirements on this page:

How can I learn more about financial aid for international students?

Our school can offer federal funding to U.S. permanent residents and U.S. citizens in the form of student loans. International students usually obtain funding from family or outside sources. Visit this page for more information:

If I have a degree from an English-speaking country, do I still need to submit a TOEFL?

If an applicant has a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a school in an English-speaking country, then the applicant does not need to submit a TOEFL.

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