General Application Requirements

In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended
  • Standardized test score (GRE is required, but some exceptions may apply)
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE), if applicable
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of purpose

How to Apply

The admission process is different for SOPHAS programs and Non-SOPHAS programs. Please, check the table below to identify the program and the application process you will follow.

SOPHAS Programs

Non-SOPHAS Programs

Application Process Application Process
Two parts(described this table): SOPHAS and University of Maryland Supplemental Application 
University of Maryland Graduate School Application:

Have specific questions about the graduate admissions process or requirements? Please see Public Health Programs Application FAQ’s.


  • Complete the online SOPHAS application.
  • Choose the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health program to which you would like to apply.
  • You may apply to only one UMD SPH program per application cycle.
  • You must send an official transcript for all completed college courses. These transcripts go directly to SOPHAS.
  • We require 3 letters of recommendation. Your references will receive an email invite from SOPHAS to complete the recommendation online.
  • Test scores. The GRE is required for some of our graduate programs. Some programs accept GRE substitutions or provide waivers in special circumstances; contact the program Graduate Director to make such a request. GRE  (Submission Codes 0485 & 5814) and English proficiency (IELTS and TOEFL) (Submission Codes 5688 & 5814).
  • Pay the SOPHAS application fee.
  • Your SOPHAS application will go through several phases including submission, completion, and verification. Verification can take up to four weeks, therefore we recommend starting the application early.


  • The supplemental application is completed online via an emailed invitation from the UMD graduate school.
  • The invite is sent within one week of your SOPHAS verification date to the email on file with SOPHAS. 
  • The title of the email is ‘please complete the school of public health supplemental application.’
  • This application requires demographic and residency questions, transcripts, and application fee.
  • You must submit a PDF copy of your undergraduate degree transcript (the transcript that indicates degree awarded).  
  • The application fee is $75.00
  • Upon completion of BOTH parts, you will receive notification of ‘Under Committee Review’, which means the application has been sent to the review committee.



  • It is crucial to submit ALL parts of your application well before the deadline.
  • Check your SOPHAS application status regularly to ensure test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation have been received.
  • Your application is not complete until BOTH parts 1 and 2 have been submitted.
  • International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S. Note that academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation. Check SOPHAS and the Graduate School information on International Applications' academic credentials.