A carefully completed application for admission should be submitted to the Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) School of Health Sciences Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Admission to this degree program is based on qualifications and space availability. This is a competitive program and application alone does not guarantee admittance. Admission is awarded without regard to sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicap.
Master of public health degree program admissions requirements
- Applicants to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program must have a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. The minimum grade point average (GPA) is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Exception to the GPA minimum score may be granted under extenuating circumstances.
- A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 146 on the verbal and 146 on the quantitative sections is required. For GRE exams taken prior to August 1, 2011, a minimum score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections, with a verbal score of at least 400 and a quantitative score of at least 550. Exception to the GRE minimum score may be granted under extenuating circumstances.
- Application Form and Fee: Submit a completed School of Health Sciences graduate application form with a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Checks should be made out to Indiana Wesleyan University.
- Official Transcript: Submit official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended. Official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences are to be included. Transfer students from a college or university abroad are also responsible for having their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for an official course-by-course credential evaluation (document-by-document evaluations will not suffice). Transcripts from international programs will be individually reviewed.
- Criminal History: A company certified criminal history background check will be conducted at the applicant's expense. Clinical sites may have additional requirements, e.g., immunizations, a second background check and/or drug screen at the student's expense. Admission to and/or progression in the program may depend on your compliance and/or the results of these checks.
- International/Non-English Speaking Students: A student who is living in the United States but is not a United States citizen must submit a copy of a visa or permanent resident status during the process of application. Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For graduate students a score of at least 6.5 is required for regular academic admission.
- References: Using the attached form, have three references submitted. At least one of the references should be from a healthcare provider and the other from a previous faculty member who can speak to your capacity to do graduate level work.
- Writing Sample: In a double-spaced typed essay of 500 to 750 words, explain your interest in the program, what you hope to achieve by completing the program, and how your personal or professional background relates to your interests or goals. The essay's content and the clarity of writing will be assessed as part of the admissions process.
- Prerequisite Courses: Students are required to have a grade of B or better in Principles of Biology or an equivalent course as a foundation for success in professional level graduate work in the MPH program.
- Resume: Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience and clarity of career goals should be reflected in a resume. Admissions decisions are based on an overall assessment of the adequacy of an applicant's preparation and desire for the successful completion of a graduate course of study in Public Health.
- Deadline for Application: We have a decision deadline of July 1 for all application materials including the interview with the faculty. Those applying after July 1 will be considered on a seat available basis. Decisions regarding the acceptability of applicants for the MPH program will be made by the admissions committee after evaluation of all pertinent application materials. Applications cannot be accurately reviewed until all application materials are received and requirements have been met. New or updated applications are required for those who defer a year or re-apply after refusal.
To fulfill graduation requirements students must have completed all of the following:
- All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
- Minimum grade of "B-" (2.7 on a GPA scale) or higher in each course.
- Payment of tuition and fees to receive a diploma.
- Completion and successful written and oral presentation of the Capstone Project.