The deadline for first consideration for fall admission to the MPH program in Behavioral and Community Health is December 14th. We do not have spring admissions.

The deadline for the online MPH program in Behavioral and Community Health has been extended. All applications must be in to SOPHAS no later than May 31st with the supplemental application due no later than June 13th (you will receive an email after your SOPHAS submission to submit this part of the application).

All materials listed below must be received by December 14th for full consideration. If you are not scheduled to take the GRE until early December, your application will NOT be considered unless space is available following review of completed applications. Please be aware that although you will receive your verbal and quantitative scores the day you sit for the exam, the analytical section of the exam takes two weeks to grade and then another 4-6 weeks to be processed and sent to SOPHAS. Please be sure to factor this extra time when scheduling your exam date.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at The 2018-2019 application cycle opens in SOPHAS in September, and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, as one of your school choices along with your desired program. The University of Maryland School of Public Health GRE Code in SOPHAS is 0485.

 SOPHAS will verify the information reported and send it electronically to the University of Maryland School of Public Health once complete. The verification process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. We do not accept materials outside of the SOPHAS process. The University of Maryland requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program. Once SOPHAS has verified your entire application, within 3-6 business days you will receive an e-mail message from the UMD Graduate School with a link to the Supplemental Application.  

MPH applications are reviewed with regard to the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • GRE scores for exam taken within the past five years (UMD SPH code = 0485)
  • Three Letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of goals and interests
  • Resume or CV

Non-Degree Seeking Student Status (Advanced Special Student Status)

If you choose to apply as a non-degree seeking student, please go to for further information. The UMD Graduate School determines eligibility for non-degree seeking student admission and is responsible for reviewing all application materials. The Department of Behavioral and Community Health does not play a role in this admission process. We welcome those non-degree seeking students who meet the university's eligibility requirements. If you do not meet the Graduate School requirements for non-degree seeking students, we will not ask the Graduate School to make an exception on your behalf. This policy is not universal across campus and other schools and departments may write you a letter of support. Non-degree seeking students who are admitted by the Graduate School on an exception basis must seek permission from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health before enrolling in one of our courses, regardless of seat availability.

For additional questions about applying to the Department of Behavioral and Community Health's MPH program, please contact: Tracy Zeeger,