Applicants who have attended post-secondary institutions outside of the U.S. are also required to submit the following supporting documentation.
Note: U.S. applicants who have attended post-secondary institutions outside of the U.S. as part of a study-abroad program at a U.S. college or university, do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their foreign coursework as long as it is noted on their U.S. transcript.
World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluation of foreign academic credentials
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health requires all applicants with foreign academic credentials to provide a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of those credentials.*
Note: If an applicant is admitted to the Biostatistics program, they will upon matriculation be required to provide a WES ICAP document-by-document evaluation of their academic credentials directly to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Through special arrangements with SOPHAS, WES will deliver its credential evaluation report directly to SOPHAS by secure electronic transmission. This expedites the delivery of the evaluation report — as well as images of the applicant’s verified transcripts — to SOPHAS and allows SOPHAS to process the report most efficiently. Go to www.wes.org/sophas/ for more information.
All Other Applicants
Non-SOPHAS applicants should designate the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis MN School of Public Health as a recipient of their WES evaluation.
Applicants to the Biostatistics PhD program only may instead choose to have copies of their transcripts and degree conferral sent directly to SOPHAS.
Note: If an applicant is admitted to the Biostatistics program, they will — upon matriculation — be required to provide a WES ICAP document-by-document evaluation of their academic credentials and official or attested copies of those credentials directly to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Proof of English Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions, must prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.
The preferred minimum English language test scores for admission to the School of Public Health are:
- 100 on the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL test, or
- 600 on the paper TOEFL test, or
- 7.0 (total band score) on the IELTS test
SOPHAS applicants should use the following designations:
- TOEFL – DI Code: 5688 – SOPHAS
- IELTS - Association of Schools of Public Health (SOPHAS)
All Other Applicants
Non-SOPHAS applicants should use the following designations:
- TOEFL – DI Code: 6874 – University of Minnesota-Minneapolis/St Paul
- IELTS - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (School of Public Health)
English Language Test Waiver
The English Language test requirement may be waived if an applicant can provide proof of one of the following:
- Completion of 16-semester credits/ 24-quarter credits (within the past 24 months) in an academic program at a recognized institution of higher learning in the U.S.
- An Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate – have an official or attested copy sent directly to:
Office of Admissions and Student Resources
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Room A395, MMC 819
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0381