How to Apply

Applying to School of Public Health graduate programs

Prospective students applying for graduate programs must complete two separate applications for admission—one through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS), and the IU Graduate School Application.

Graduate admission applications

IU School of Public Health-Bloomington accepts applications for admission to graduate degree programs through SOPHAS. (All applicants must also complete and submit the IU Bloomington Online Graduate and Professional Admissions Application.)

The application portal for spring 2023 , summer 2023 , and fall 2023 admission (depending on program) will be available through the SOPHAS website beginning on August 18, 2022 .

Visit the SOPHAS website

In addition to the SOPHAS application, all applicants must complete and submit the IU Graduate School Application.

This duplication of application information is required for admission. The School of Public Health covers the cost of this application on behalf of prospective students. Before submitting, please reach out to our admissions office to request an application fee waiver.

School of Public Health programs can be found by filtering for “School of Public Health” in the “School” drop-down menu.

Please note that all non-degree seeking students should apply only through the University Graduate School’s continuing non-degree status.

General admission requirements

The general admission requirements for School of Public Health graduate degrees must be submitted through SOPHAS.

In addition, each graduate degree has its own specific admission requirements, including prerequisite courses, required tests, and minimum scores.

You must have a baccalaureate (or higher) degree from an accredited college or university.

A master's degree is required to apply for Ph.D. programs in the School of Public Health. (Note: The only exception is the Ph.D. in Human Performance program. Students with only a bachelor's degree may apply for this degree.)

A statement of purpose and objectives of no more than 600 words should be submitted for the specific program/degree you are applying for.

The statement of purpose should demonstrate a clear understanding of the public health field, as well as how you plan to achieve your career objectives.

Ph.D. applicants must also submit a statement that details research interests. Follow the guidelines in SOPHAS for the specific degree program you are applying to.

In addition, please include:

  • Why you are interested in a particular degree
  • Your research and/or professional interests
  • Why you want to study at Indiana University

Submit three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your academic and research abilities Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers, or employers in a related field. (References from peers, colleagues, friends, or family members are not considered appropriate.)

Note: Recommenders are referred to as "evaluators" in SOPHAS.

  • Employment or character references are allowed, but may not be given as much weight as letters from faculty who can describe your research or academic abilities.
  • If you graduated within the last three years, please include faculty references among your three references.
  • Recommendation letters from employers and supervisors are allowed if you have been employed for several years, graduated from school several years ago, or are a member of the armed services.

Submit an updated curriculum vitae or resume that includes:

  • Educational background and degree(s)
  • Employment history
  • Honors and accomplishments
  • Professional experience and skills
  • Research experience
  • Volunteer experience

Include official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. There are special instructions for domestic and international transcripts.

Domestic/U.S. transcripts

Domestic/U.S. transcripts must be sent from the registrar's office of each institution to SOPHAS at this address:

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

SOPHAS requires that prospective students submit official transcripts directly to SOPHAS, in addition to entering this information directly into the application.

Note: Students who attend or attended Indiana University must also request official transcripts from the registrar and have them sent directly to SOPHAS.

International transcripts

All non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Service (WES) using their ICAP course-by-course evaluation service. For more information, visit the WES website.

  • Non-U.S. transcripts are evaluated exclusively through WES. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • WES reports should be sent directly from WES to SOPHAS. As an applicant, you must initiate this request yourself or it will delay application processing.
  • Please ensure that you enter your SOPHAS ID number on your WES evaluation request so your evaluation electronically matches your application.

If you are a past applicant or already have an official copy of your WES ICAP report, you may send it directly to:

IU School of Public Health
Office of Graduate Admissions
1025 E. Seventh Street, Room 121
Bloomington, IN 47405

GRE scores are optional for admission to most IU School of Public Health-Bloomington graduate degree programs.

The following degree programs require GRE scores for admission consideration:

  • Ph.D. in Nutrition Science
  • M.S. in Nutrition Science
  • M.S. in Health Promotion
    • Waivers considered for U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • M.S. in School and College Health Education
    • Waivers considered for U.S. citizens with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale

Applicants submitting GRE scores should have Educational Testing Services (ETS) send an official score report to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. Our institution code is 6979.

All international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received any degrees from a university where English is the language of instruction must complete and submit either (1) a minimum TOEFL score of 80, or (2) a minimum IELTS score of 7.

Note: We will not accept any application with TOEFL or IELTS scores below the minimum.

Learn more about graduate school admission for international students

Student visas

The Office of International Services is responsible for processing student visa approvals. They require official, sealed transcripts with proof of degree. They will not accept the WES report.

Official records may be sent to:

Office of International Services
Indiana University
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

Learn more about student visas to study at IU