Admissions Criteria

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, one semester of college biology or other science course, and one course in college algebra, statistics, or a more advanced math course. We do not require GRE test scores to apply to any of our online Graduate Public Health programs. Students from diverse undergraduate backgrounds are welcome to apply.

Application Process

Consideration for acceptance into any of the online Graduate Public Health programs requires you to submit a complete online application through the Graduate College at the University of Vermont. Along with the application, you must also submit a $65 application fee, a statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and your official transcripts. Once the application review committee receives your materials, they will review your materials and notify you of their decision of admission within two to three weeks.

Application Checklist

  • Online application: Complete your online application through the University of Vermont Graduate College website.
  • Resume or CV: Your resume will help us to learn more about your background and recommend electives that are best tailored to your career goals.
  • Personal statement: Your personal statement is an opportunity for you to describe your reasons for wishing to undertake graduate study.
  • Three letters of recommendation: As part of the online application, you will be required to identify three professional and/or academic references. Once you have submitted your online application, we will send a link to your references, allowing them to submit their letters of recommendation directly to our review committee.
  • Official transcripts: In the online application, you will be required to attach official transcripts of all undergraduate coursework and, if applicable, graduate coursework that you have completed, regardless of whether or not a degree was conferred. This includes transfer, international, and study abroad credit. Unofficial transcripts uploaded by you are sufficient for the review process for most programs (Public Health applicants, please review your requirements).  Official transcripts are only required if you are admitted.
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly from your institution(s) to For international applicants, it may be necessary to provide a notarized English translation of your transcripts.
  • Application fee: After completing your online application, a $65 application fee will be required prior to submitting your materials.
  • Residential Status Questionnaire: Complete the questionnaire to confirm your eligibility for in-state tuition.
  • English proficiency test scores: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit an English proficiency test score with their application materials.

UVM AMPH Applicants only: The UVM ACCELERATED MASTER’S DEGREE PERMISSION FORM must be uploaded as an addendum to UVM’s Graduate College Application.

Policy Regarding Support Materials: Please note that all materials received in support of an application, except international documents considered irreplaceable, become the property of the Graduate College and cannot be returned, copied, or transferred.

Transfer Credits

Master of Public Health

One of the benefits of enrolling in our online MPH degree is that you can transfer credits from our certificate program or from applicable graduate level Public Health courses from other schools. You can choose one of the two options below for transferring public health courses into our online MPH degree:

UVM Public Health Certificate graduate: If you completed the Certificate of Graduate Study in Public Health, the Global and Environmental Public Health Graduate Study Certificate, the Epidemiology Graduate Certificate, or the Healthcare Management & Policy Online Graduate Certificate at UVM, then all 18 credits for which the grade received was a B or higher can be applied toward the MPH. Students who choose this option may not transfer additional courses from UVM or other universities.

Graduate level courses in Public Health: If you completed graduate level courses in Public Health at UVM or at another University, then the traditional transfer of credit policy applies for matriculation into the MPH. You can transfer in 9 relevant credits from UVM or another university and an additional 6 relevant credits taken at UVM, provided the grade received for any transferred course is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether each course is relevant. The grades do not transfer.

Certificates of Graduate Study

Students can transfer up to 3 credits of relevant UVM graduate coursework taken prior to matriculation into any of our four certificates of graduate study, provided the grade received is a B or higher. The program director will determine whether the course is relevant. The grade will not transfer.


Contact us with questions concerning your application or our graduate programs:

Phone: 802-656-2699


The Graduate College Admissions Office
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, VT 05405-0160

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