Frequently asked questions
No. In fall 2014, our school adopted a new application system called SOPHAS (School of Public Health Application Service). This is the official way to apply to our school. This is required for all students wishing to apply for admission to M.S., M.P.H., or Ph.D. degrees. There are no exceptions. All students must also complete the IU Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application, which is made up of several additional questions.
SOPHAS is not connected to the IU data system. As a result, the School of Public Health-Bloomington has access to your student application information, but the other units on campus (University Graduate School, Office of the Bursar, Office of the Registrar), will not necessarily know you have applied.
Once you complete the IU online application, it will automatically generate an IU 10-digit ID number. This number will allow the other units on campus to view your application status.
The fee for submitting your first SOPHAS application is $135. For each additional school, there is a fee of $50.
There are a limited number of fee waivers, however, you need to email SOPHAS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if they are still available.
No. All fees must be paid directly to SOPHAS. After you have submitted your application, you will be prompted to pay.
No. All application materials must be sent from the student's institution/recommender directly to SOPHAS or World Education Services (WES).
Our office cannot upload transcripts because SOPHAS or WES verifies students' coursework and GPA.
The IU Office of International Services (OIS) requires official transcripts for visa approval. WES and SOPHAS only verify each student's GPA and degree.
The IU Office of International Services requires official transcripts and proof of degree for each applicant.
No. Only the GRE exam is accepted for students applying to our school. There are no exceptions. GRE scores must be valid and taken within the last five years.
Our school's deans and academic department chairs make these determinations.
GRE scores are required for all applicants except domestic applicants with acceptable undergraduate GPAs who are applying to M.P.H. degree programs, M.S. in Recreation degree programs, and M.S. in Applied Health Science degree programs in Safety Management and School and College Health Education.
Yes. If you are an applicant whose citizenship is from one of the recognized English-speaking countries on our list:
- British Virgin Islands
- Grand Cayman Islands
- Irish Republic
- New Zealand
- Saint Kits & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent & the Grenadines
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)
Please note that although applicants may be exempt from the language requirement for admission, a language exam score may be required to comply with potential funding opportunities.
Yes. Our school requires that international students submit official TOEFL exams (IBT 80 or CBT 210). However, our school will accept the IELTS exam, with a minimum score of 7.
Please note that your application will not move forward if you submit scores below these minimum standards.
Most of our programs require both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree to apply.
The only exception is the Ph.D. in Human Performance in the Department of Kinesiology. Students applying to this degree program can apply with just their completed bachelor's degree.
No. Our school only allows students to apply for one program.
No. All of our M.P.H. programs, along with the M.S. in Kinesiology degree programs in Athletic Training, Biomechanics, and Exercise Physiology, only allow for fall admission.
All other programs allow students to apply for spring, summer, or fall, but there are specific deadlines that must be followed. Please refer to our SPH admissions website for more information.
The formal review process will normally take 5–6 weeks for M.S. or M.P.H. applicants. The reason for this length of time is due to the 2–3 weeks that your application will reside with SOPHAS. Your application materials must first be received and reviewed by SOPHAS staff. Once they code your application as "verified," this will notify our admissions staff to complete the internal review process at the SPH level. The application will be reviewed for completeness. If complete, it will be forwarded on to the review committee; the committee normally needs a minimum of two weeks to come to a decision. If there are missing items (missing GRE, third letter of recommendation, etc.), the admissions staff will contact the student directly to explain why the application is incomplete. Ph.D. applications will take much longer as those decisions are normally not made until mid-February to early March.
Each of our five departments determines how they will fund admitted students. While some programs offer SAA (Student Academic Appointments), others will offer fee remission awards. Students should inquire directly with their department to inquire about funding opportunities.
For information on Student Academic Appointments, please visit http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu/prospective-students/graduate/graduate-assistantships.shtml.
Our applications are kept on file for one application cycle. Starting in fall 2016, the SOPHAS cycle will allow some of your previous application materials to transfer to the next cycle.
Please email SOPHAS staff directly at email@example.com if you have questions.
Admitted students are allowed to defer for one year.
No. SOPHAS will charge a fee to enter your previous academic coursework once they receive your official transcripts.
However, due to FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), students must personally request their own transcripts directly from their institutions.
Applicants should log in to both their SOPHAS and WES accounts (if applicable) often to track their application status.