Application Deadlines for Fall Admission

The deadline for applications for admission to the PhD program in Behavioral and Community Health is November 15th for best consideration; however, applications will be accepted up until February 14th.

All materials listed below must be received by November 15th (for best consideration for PhD program) or February 14th; therefore, if you are not scheduled to take the GRE until early February, your application will NOT be considered because scores will not be received by February 14th. Although you will received 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.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, SOPHAS, at The 2019-2020 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. 

The following admission requirements are used to evaluate prospective candidates for the PhD program:

  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; 3.5 graduate GPA
  • Three Letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities
  • Statement of purpose and research interests
  • Resume or CV

Ph.D. Program Admission Pre-Requisites:

  • 6 credits Psychology or Sociology or Anthropology

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.