Eligibility requirements

MPH (Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Management and Policy, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, International Health)   

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • GRE scores (except if applicant already has a master’s degree from an accredited US institution)

PhD (Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy, Health Promotion and Health Behavior)

  • A master’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • GRE scores

MS Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology, Movement Studies in Disability, Neuromechanics, Physical Activity and Public Health, Sport and Exercise Psychology)

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • GRE scores

MS Physical Education Teacher Education

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • ORELA Protecting Students and Civil Rights Exam
  • ORELA Pearson NES Physical Education Test

PhD Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology, Movement Studies in Disability, Neuromechanics, Physical Activity and Public Health, Sport and Exercise Psychology)

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • GRE scores

MS/PhD Nutrition

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • GRE scores

MS/PhD Human Development and Family Studies

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation OR a master’s degree by the time of matriculation (for direct entry to PhD)
  • GRE scores

MATRN Athletic Training

  • A bachelor’s degree by the time of matriculation
  • Minimum of 50 hours of work, volunteering and/or observation under an ATC within 2 years prior to program application.
  • GRE scores


Please address what draws you to the field of public health and human sciences in relation to the specific program (degree/concentration/option) to which you are applying. Describe your goals in pursuing a graduate degree, discuss your relevant background, including educational, professional or volunteer preparation and leadership experience, and specify why you have selected this OSU program in general, and the degree/concentration/track/option to which you are applying in particular, and offer any additional information that would help us to best understand your application materials.

Applicants for graduate programs in Public Health and in Kinesiology should have completed the GRE within the last 5 years.  For graduate programs in Nutrition, the GRE must be no more than 2 years old at the time of application.

For ALL programs, the GRE must be received by the deadline for which you are applying. GRE scores can take up to a week to arrive at SOPHAS or Oregon State University.

MPH applicants who have earned a master's degree from an accredited US institution are exempt from the GRE requirement. MPH applicants may submit MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores in lieu of GRE scores. MPH applicants to the Health Management & Policy (HMP) program may substitute GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores.

Applicants for all other programs (with the exception of PETE) must submit GRE scores.

No, there are no official cutoff scores for the GRE. We do have recommended scores for MPH applicants: 144 quantitative, 153 verbal, and 4.5 analytical/writing. For PhD applicants, we would advise higher scores.

Yes, there is an Oregon State University supplemental application. Once you submit your MPH or PhD application through SOPHAS, the supplemental application will be sent to you via email after each deadline. We currently send out the supplemental application once after each deadline (mid-December, mid-March, and mid-April). Your SOPHAS application must be submitted before we can send the supplemental application.

Applicants do not have to reupload any documents that they included in SOPHAS.

Yes, the fee is set by the OSU Graduate School. Currently, the fee is $75 for domestic students and $85 for international students.

MPH and PhD applications through SOPHAS are reviewed twice a year, once after the December 1 deadline, and once after the March 1 deadline. If you submit your SOPHAS application, but are still missing materials (transcripts, letters, etc.), you may be bumped to the March 1 review.

For all other programs, applications are reviewed at the priority deadline, and review continues until the final deadline with admission pending space/availability in the program.

You should try to submit your application by the priority deadline for the best chance at admission.

For MPH and public health PhD applicants, if all materials are received by the first deadline (December 1), and you have submitted your supplemental application, you should expect to hear a decision by mid-February.

For all other programs, you may not hear about admission until as late as mid-April.

Our policy is that we do not allow deferrals. Deferrals may be granted on a case by case basis by the School Heads. In general, deferrals will only be granted for applicants in the military or those facing extreme circumstances (e.g. major medical issues).

For questions about funding, please contact the School Head for your program. For Human Development and Family Studies, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, and Health Policy, contact Dr. Rick Settersten. For Nutrition, Kinesiology, Athletic Training, MAPE, Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, and Global Health, contact Dr. Norm Hord.

If you are a current OSU graduate student, you can apply to complete the MPH program concurrently. There may be an opportunity to apply some of the credits from your current degree program toward the MPH program.

If you have questions about any of the seven on-campus or one online MPH options, contact Amanda Armington, MPH administrative director.

Concurrent MPH applications may be submitted any time during fall, winter or spring terms. The application process is free. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Step 1. Determine to which MPH option you would like to apply. You are welcome to contact Amanda Armington or any option’s program director to discuss. Program Director contact information can be found on each option’s page.

Step 2. Complete a Change of Degree form through the Graduate School, indicating that you wish to work on a concurrent degree. Your initial application from your primary graduate program will be sent to us once you complete this form and will be used for review.

Step 3. Submit a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation pertinent to the MPH program to Suzanna Chase, Director of Graduate Student Recruitment and Admissions. Recommenders should submit their letters directly to Suzanna Chase.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Suzanna Chase.


All CPHHS graduate programs use SOPHAS for admissions processing. You must submit all materials directly to SOPHAS.

Do NOT send official transcripts to Oregon State University. SOPHAS requires you to send ALL official transcripts to:

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

If you have taken ANY courses at an institution, you are required to submit the transcript from that institution; otherwise SOPHAS will not be able to verify your application.

The verification process can take quite a while, so you should submit your transcripts to SOPHAS as soon as possible (as soon as you begin your application, you should have your transcripts sent to SOPHAS). If you wait until the deadline to request your transcripts, it is extremely unlikely that your application will be considered for that deadline. Your application cannot be reviewed by the committee until all transcripts are verified.

Your official GRE scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS (using code 0031). Do not send the scores directly to OSU. You must take the GRE prior to the deadline for which you are applying.

SOPHAS offers various fee waivers for participants in particular programs. You can check to see if you qualify for a fee waiver at SOPHAS Specialized Fee Waivers

Students who have completed a degree in a foreign country (other than Canada): you will need to submit a foreign evaluation through World Education Services. This process can take weeks depending on how quickly your foreign institution sends official transcripts. For more information, please see International Credential Verification Reports for SOPHAS

Once you submit the order, be sure to designate SOPHAS as a recipient of the results. SOPHAS only loads foreign evaluations once a week, so you will want to submit this request as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline for which you are applying.

If you have participated in a study abroad program as part of your undergraduate program, you do NOT need to complete a foreign evaluation.

If your question was not addressed here, please email Suzanna Chase