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How do I apply to the MPH program?

Graduate applications are submitted online through the BYU Graduate Studies office. The application deadline is February 1. Interested applicants may apply here. Follow this link to download the MPH Brochure.

What are the university admission requirements for the MPH program?

  1. Application Deadline - Submit a complete application before February 1.
  2. Honor Code - Agree to live BYU's standards of personal conduct as stated in the Honor Code. Obtain an Ecclesiastical Endorsement at
  3. Bachelor's Degree - Earn a bachelor's or higher-level degree from an accredited U.S. university or the equivalent from a university outside the United States.
  4. Language Standard - All applicants who have not received a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an educational institution in the United States or from one of the exempt countries (Canada, the U.K., the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia) are required to submit official E3PT, IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission. Please note: The degree must not be older than 2 years at the time of enrollment to qualify for the exemption.
    • E3PT - Overall minimum score of 79 (with minimum speaking, reading, and listening scores of 21, and a minimum writing score of 16). Information regarding the E3PT is available here.
    • IELTS - Overall band score of 7.0 (minimum band score of 6.0 in each module) Information regarding the IELTS is available here.
    • TOEFL (Computer-based) - 237
    • TOEFL (Paper-based) - 580
    • TOEFL iBT - Total score of 85 (minimum score of 22 in Speaking and minimum score of 21 in Listening, Reading, and Writing). Information regarding the TOEFL is available here. BYU does not accept the TOEFL ITP test as an English proficiency exam for graduate school.

What are the department admission requirements for the MPH program?

  1. Statement of Intent - Include three short essays explaining the following (each essay should not exceed 400 words in length):
    • Essay 1: Explain why you want to study public health. Explain your public health interest areas (topics or skills) and include life or personal experiences that have led to your interest in public health. You may list specific faculty members who are doing research in your area(s) of interest that you may want to work with.
    • Essay 2: How would the BYU MPH program advance your career and personal goals? Be specific about why you are interested in a MPH at BYU. (see MPH mission statement)
    • Essay 3: The BYU Department of Public Health has a stated priority to create an environment that honors diversity and belonging for all people. How can you support or enhance our ability to achieve that priority? What could you uniquely contribute to the cohort? Applicants are encouraged to share their experiences relating to cultural background, socioeconomic background, adversity, first-generation college student, and life experiences. We do not make decisions based on gender or race.
  2. Quantitative/Analytic Skills -
    • List up to three courses on your transcript that illustrate your quantitative or analytic ability.
    • In 300 words or less, discuss specific details and examples of relevant coursework, work, research, volunteer, or other professional experiences that involved analytical and/or quantitative skills and tasks.
  3. Leadership and Non-Cognitive Abilities -Complete and upload the questionnaire provided on the online application.
  4. Letter of Recommendation - Include two letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic and/or work ability. Applicants are encouraged to ask their letter writers to discuss the following in their letter: leadership skills, ability to work well with others, grit, dependability, writing, and academic ability. This information is to be provided in addition to the general instructions for the letters of recommendation.
  5. Resume - Upload your resume to your online application.


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