This MS program emphasizes the scientific, technological, policy, and management skills you need to address environmental and occupational health concerns. The program offers high-quality lab facilities, small classes, individual faculty attention, and abundant opportunities to participate in faculty research.
MS students may pursue a general program in environmental and occupational health, or focus in a specialty area such as environmental health policy, infectious disease, industrial hygiene (accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET), or toxicology.
The MS program requires a minimum of 33 credits and could require more credits dependent of the concentration. It normally takes two years to complete.
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.
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.
- 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.
Applicants who meet our priority deadline (December 1) are given first consideration for all school-awarded funds.
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