Application Review Process

We realize that COVID-19 has affected our applicants in many ways, so we have made changes to the enrollment decision process to make it easier for you. We are waiving the non-refundable $250 enrollment deposit. In place of the deposit, we ask you to complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Student Portal to confirm your enrollment;

  2. Complete the “Intention to Enroll” form indicating your commitment to attend the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Email us at with any questions. We are here to help!

What Happens After I Apply?

Each degree and certificate program has its own admissions committee composed of at least three faculty members.

Holistic Review
The committees review applications for evidence of the applicant’s intent and purpose in studying public health, past academic performance, program-specific academic potential, professional and life experience, English fluency (where required), and other factors such as an applicant’s compatibility with faculty expertise and program directions. Note that GPAs provide a competitive point of reference for admission, but is not alone decisive in the admissions review.

MHA Interviews
Selected applicants to the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program may also be invited for an interview.

When Will I Know If I Got In?

This process may take up to six weeks in the peak application season of December/January. At other times, committees may make admission decisions more quickly. All applicants are notified of the committee’s decision via email and/or letter.

Admitted Applicants

Admitted applicants will be directed to our website to make their decision on our admission offer. Those accepting admission will be required to make a $250 non-refundable admission deposit, which will be applied toward their student account at the beginning of their admission term.

Who Do I Contact With Questions?

Contact the SPH Student Services Office., 612-626-3500 or (free) 800-774-8636

If You Receive Notice of Admission

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