Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Graduate Applicant FAQs
When is your application deadline?
For most of our programs, the deadline is February 15th.
For the Master of Public Health in Veterinary Public Health, the deadline is May 31st.
Students can begin applying through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS (for MHA applicants). If they qualify for the university's fellowship competition, the application deadline was November 15, 2012. A complete list of degree requirements and deadlines can be found on the SOPHAS website at: http://www.sophas.org/deadlines.cfm; and on the HAMPCAS website at: http://network.aupha.org/APPLYHAMPCAS/ProgramDeadlines/
What materials are required for application?
The materials needed for an application will vary somewhat depending upon the degree and field of specialization chosen, and will be partly determined by whether the applicant is required to use SOPHAS (or HAMPCAS for MHA applicants), the centralized application service. However, every application will require at least certain elements, so it is important to plan ahead to insure their availability in a timely manner. Below are the required application materials:
- Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate, graduate, and professional course work
- GRE test scores (or GMAT or other approved alternative if applying for a dual or combined degree program)
- A personal statement that: explains your motivation and interest in graduate study in public health and for the specific degree program and specialization chosen, and evaluates your qualifications, including your academic record as well as work and other experiences
- Three (3) letters of recommendation; for persons who have been in school within the last three years, at least two of these should be from persons acquainted with your academic performance. Academic references are always preferred for MS and PhD applications. Note that applications made through SOPHAS have special instructions for letters of reference
- A resume/CV outlining your education, work experience, honors and achievements, and other skills or experiences relevant to your application
- Any international applicant whose native language is not English, and who has been educated primarily outside of the U.S., must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the last two years
- International applicants who are admitted will also be required to provide an affidavit of financial support and supporting documents if seeking a non-immigrant student visa
- What qualities beyond academic performance and standardized tests, do admissions commitees look for in a qualified applicant?
Grades from previous college/universities attended, strong letters of recommendation, a quality statement of intent and a lot of volunteer/work experience
Are there required entrance exams?
All applicants must have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the GMAT within five years of application to the program.
The GRE and GMAT are more than a formality. Each test is a computer-based standardized test that is an indicator of your verbal, quantitative, and analytical abilities. Along with your academic record, purpose and goals statement, and other application materials, the exam provides faculty with a measure of your aptitude for graduate work. Therefore, it is important to prepare for the GRE or GMAT.
The GRE is mandatory when applying for the MPH, MS or PhD programs; however, if you have already taken the GMAT, please contact the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services at email@example.com to inquire if the GMAT is acceptable. The MHA program accepts the GRE or GMAT scores.
What is a competitive GRE scores for my application?
Competitive GRE scores should be in the 50th perecentile in both verbal and quantitative areas and a 4.0 in the writing section
I am an international student, is the TOEFL (English proficiency) exam required?
Yes, the TOEFL exam is required and is accepted if taken within the last 2 years. Additional FAQ's about the TOEFL can be found here
I am an international student whose entire education was in English. Am I required to take the TOEFL exam?
You are exempt from taking the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS if you have established citizenship in one of the following countries: Australia, Belize, British Carribean, British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales, and the United States. US Green Card holders are exempt from taking an English Proficiency test if they have held a Green Card at least one year prior to the semester of enrollment.
Those eligible to receive a Bachelor's Degree or higher from one of the countries listed above are exempt from taking an English Proficiency test. It is not required that your degree must be completed at the time you are applying for admission, however the degree must be completed prior to enrolling at Ohio State.
If your country is not listed as any of the exempt countries, you must take an English proficiency test.
Is financial support available for international students?
The Ohio State Office of International Affairs provides some scholarships and grants for graduate students.
Additional grant and scholarship opportunities are available from the East Asian Studies Center
What funding opportunities does the College offer?
Most graduate assistantships do go to doctoral students, however there are competitive university fellowships that students can apply to if they meet certain criteria. University Fellowship information can be found here
Students also secure funding outside the College in other departments or programs at Ohio State. Some of our students have Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA's) in Chemistry, or Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA's) in the Student Wellness Center. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Graduate School's funding website for information about general funding opportunities available at Ohio State. The College has put together an information sheet with information regarding ways to seek funding for admitted graduate students.
How do I submit my GRE/GMAT and TOEFL scores?
To submit your scores input the following code, which corresponds to the appropriate application system:
- GRE – 4233 (Designation code for the GRE for SOPHAS applicants)
- GRE – 0705 (Designation code for the GRE for MHA students using the HAMPCAS application system)
- GMAT – ZLJDL91 for HSMP and Institution Code is: 1592
- TOEFL – 5688 (Code for scores to be sent directly to SOPHAS)
Are there any resources available to help me prepare for the GRE or GMAT?
Many resources are available to help you prepare for the GRE or GMAT. Check with your local library or bookstore for preparation manuals. There are also fee-based courses that combine classroom, computer, and at-home preparation. Review the following websites that offer free practice exams, sample questions, and information about signing up for a course:
When will I know the results of my entrance exam?
You will be able to see the results of the computer-based verbal and quantitative reasoning sections immediately after completing the test. The analytical writing portion scores will be available in 2-3 weeks at which time your GRE scores or GMAT scores will be sent to your designated schools.
Can I apply to more than one program or specialization?
SOPHAS will only allow applicants to apply for one program/specialization. Students should have made a decision on their primary choice prior to formally applying. On occasion, if students find they would like to apply to a second specialization should contact our Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and request that their application also be reviewed by another specialization. This should be done after applicants have been notified that our office has received the original SOPHAS application.
When can I expect to receive a decision about my application?
You will be notified by email that your completed aplication has been forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. This process may take 3-4 weeks before you receive an admisisons decision. Applications will be considered without completing the Ohio State Supplemental Application, however decisions cannot be made until the application has been received.
Undergraduate Applicant FAQs
Can I substitute a course for Sociology 1101?
Yes Rural Sociology 1500 can be substituted for Sociology 1101.
When must all prerequiste courses be completed?
Students must complete all required major prerequisites by the beginning of the Autumn 2013 semester.
I plan on applying to the Sociology specialization, where can I find the approved Natural Science GE list?
The approved GE Natural Science courses can be found here
I plan on applying to the Sociology specialization and have completed more than one of the courses included in the Approved Natural Science GE list.
Which of these courses should I include in the BSPH Major application?
Use the approved Natural Science GE course in which you earned the highest grade.
I am currently not attending the Ohio State University but want to apply to the Bachelors of Science in Public Health major. What do I need to do?
First, you need to apply and be accepted to the Ohio State University through Undergraduate Admissions.Once accepted to the Ohio State University you may submit an application to the Bachelor of Science in Public Health major.
If I miss the February 15, 2013 BSPH application deadline can I still apply?
We will accept and review applications after February 15, pending available seats and the quality of applicants.
How many students will you be accepting into the major?
We anticipate accepting up to 80 qualified applicants.
If I have questions about completing the application who should I contact?
If you have questions about the BSPH application or about the BSPH major, call the Office of Academic Programs and Student Services and request to speak to the Undergraduate Advisor at 614-292-8350.