Early Admissions for Fall 2018 Deadline: February 23, 2018 (Recommended)
Priority Admissions for Fall 2018 Deadline: April 1, 2018
Applications for Rolling Admissions Period Deadline: June 30, 2018
(Department Deadline)
<Contact for important deadlines & to notify intent to apply>

For Fall 2018 admissions, applications will be accepted between October 1st and April 1st. Complete applications received by February 23rd will be eligible for early admission decisions (notifications will be emailed by early April). Complete applications received by April 1st are eligible for priority admission (notification will be emailed by mid-May). Applications received after the priority admission deadline of April 1st will be reviewed on a space available basis.

A new cohort of MPH students begins the program annually in the fall semester only. Please take note of the early admission and the priority admission deadlines for this upcoming admissions cycle detailed above. All applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis until the application period officially closes. Applicants must complete and submit application materials to the Division of Graduate Studies. In that same application portal, applicants are required to submit additional materials, specific to the MPH graduate program. To complete the required portions of the application process, proceed with the following steps:

Admissions Criteria

 The following criteria describes ideal candidates for the SF State MPH Program:

  • WORK EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 3,700 total hours (equivalent to two years full-time work) of post-high school health-related work experience, paid or volunteer, part-time or full-time; applications strengthened by public health/health equity positions, particularly post-baccalaureate and leadership roles, and by additional years of public health/health equity work experience beyond the minimum required.
  • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Evidence of academic excellence, as reflected in a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in a baccalaureate degree or in the last 60 attempted semester (90 quarter) units of higher education coursework, or a previously earned post-baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • FOUNDATIONS: A completed college course in each of these four areas 
    • Statistics or calculus*
    • Composition
    • Social Science
    • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD). 

*NOTE: The statistics/calculus course must have been completed with a grade of B- or higher, and within six years of the MPH program application year (June 2012). If this is not the case for an applicant, the application will still be reviewed, and if the applicant is recommended for admission, a condition of admission will be a refresher statistics course completed with a grade of B- or higher before MPH program fall semester commencement. If this admission condition is not met before the start of the first fall semester, the student will need to reapply to the MPH program for a future year; the SF State MPH program does not defer admissions. Because it takes time to find space in a suitable college statistics course, if you have not met the admission criterion of a statistics/calculus course taken with a grade of B- or higher and within six years of the intended MPH program application year, it is strongly recommended that you enroll in an inferential statistics course as soon as possible, rather than waiting for the application admission decision. View detailed information about all four of the course requirements

GRE General Test

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is a component of the application submission. All applicants, including those who have completd a prior graduate degree, must submit valid GRE General Test scores. 

  • Analytical Writing Section: Graduate-level proficiency in written English, usually demonstrated by a score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE General Test. Applicants scoring under a 4.0 may still be admitted with additional proof of graduate-level proficiency in written English, and should submit a college/post-college professional academic writing sample with their application. 
  • If applicable, TOEFL test or equivalent; consult the SF State Division of Graduate Studies website.
  • Those who have linguistic competence in English and a second language have a strengthened application.
  • To electronically submit official GRE or other standardized test scores to San Francisco State, the ETS institution code for San Francisco State is 4684.

Admission Instructions

Step 1 - Attend one of the MPH Program Information Sessions (strongly recommended)

  • See Department Events for the calendar of information sessions, which are held between September and January annually.
  • These faculty-led sessions provide detailed information about the program, curriculum, admission criteria, selection procedures, and the application process. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these sessions. 
  • RSVP required. Spaces for each information session are limited. Please reserve a space in the information session you intend to attend by emailing with your name, your email address, and the date you would like attend.
  • For directions, parking and a campus map, view the SF State Parking & Transportation webpage.

Step 2 - Submission of Application Materials

For Fall 2018 admissions priority deadline application consideration: All required Division of Graduate Studies and Department of Health Education application materials, including the GRE test scores, must be submitted by the priority deadline, for an application to be reviewed during the priority application review period. Applications that are missing any required materials at the end of the business day on the priority deadline, will instead be considered during our rolling admissions period, on a space available basis only, or until our incoming fall cohort is filled, whichever comes first. Your application for graduate study to SF State includes a two-part review:

PART A: Division of Graduate Studies 
Follow the steps for applying to the university available on the Division of Graduate Studies: Cal State Apply webpage.
The Division of Graduate Studies reviews your application for general university admission requirements and requires you to upload copies of transcripts from every college or university attended, including study abroad coursework, community college coursework even if transfer credit appears on your degree transcript. Upload all transcripts to the documents section of this application. Make sure you resolve any financial obligations at previously attended institutions so they will release your transcripts. For any application submission technical support, please contact the Division of Graduate Studies:

Division of Graduate Studies | Administration Building, Room 250
1600 Holloway Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: (415) 338-2234

PART B: Master of Public Health in Community Health Education
The MPH Program reviews your application for program-specific eligibility and requires you to upload additional documents to this application for review. You must review the Master of Public Health in Community Health Education website thoroughly before beginning this application.  Review detailed information about all four of the MPH prerequisites course requirements, and be prepared to answer additional application questions on how you meet these requirements. Please prepare the following documents for upload:

  • Statement of Purpose (Prompt located on Cal Apply Application)
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial photocopies of your transcripts and your standardized test score reports (GRE and any others). 
  • Writing Sample (If your GRE Analytical Writing section score is less than 4, include a sample of a college/post-college professional academic research paper).

Additionally, download the forms listed below for use with your application:

Letters of Recommendation 
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be from academic and/or professional reference providers who can address your academic and professional promise. The letters do not have to be from faculty members at an academic institution, they can be from supervisors or professionals familiar with the candidate's work. However, if you have graduated within the last 5 years, at least one letter from a former professor is preferred. It is highly recommended for applicants to use the letter of recommendation system provided through the application portal. Be sure that your letter of recommendation writers upload a scanned letter on letterhead with an original signature that includes our Reference Form in PDF format.

    Step 3 - Notification of Admission Decision by the University

    To be admitted to the MPH Program, applicants must first be recommended for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies by the Health Education Department, and then officially admitted to the university by the Division of Graduate Studies.