Admission requires a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university. The admissions committee reviews applicants according to their personal statements, background, and experience, record of academic achievement, demonstrated academic potential, letters of recommendation, compatibility of interests with program faculty, and other factors. Test scores and GPAs provide competitive points of reference for admission but are not alone decisive in the admissions review.  

Candidates for the MPH and MS degrees in the Industrial Hygiene Program must meet these additional criteria:

  1. Have a good undergraduate academic performance record in a relevant discipline (preferably science or engineering, but other disciplines are not excluded)
  2. A minimum level of coursework is expected in biology, chemistry (including organic), physics, and mathematics (including calculus). With appropriate additional coursework or work experience, students having undergraduate degrees in non-science fields may also apply
  3. Complementary courses in non-science disciplines (e.g. social sciences, languages, etc.) to demonstrate a well-rounded education
  4. A clear motivation toward occupational and environmental health as demonstrated by their written statement
  5. Success in prior industrial hygiene-related work is considered as a strong factor favoring admission
  6. Strong letters of recommendation

Preferred Performance Levels

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00

GRE Test Scores

  • Pre-August 2011 test – A combination of 1000 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and a score of 3.5 on the analytical writing assessment.
  • Post August 2011 test – A combination of 300 on the quantitative and verbal sections of the test and a score of 3.5 on the analytical writing assessment.

Also Acceptable:

  • DAT, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT. (The test is not required for applicants with a doctoral-level degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian school.)
  • TOEFL score of at least 600/250 (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • GRE can be waived by completion of the Public Health Certificate Program with a minimum GPA of 3.25

The University of Minnesota offers affordable and competitive graduate tuition while also being situated in one of the most affordable metropolitan areas in the country. See SPH Tuition & Finances for full details.



Other Costs to Consider

  • Average cost of living in Minneapolis for a one-bedroom apartment is $899
  • Minnesota offers no tax on clothing
  • Minnesota students may receive an unlimited bus pass for $100/semester
  • Free use of the light rail train and shuttles between Twin Cities campuses
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