MPH Admissions


  • Baccalaureate degree with overall minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 semester or quarter units
  • Strong writing skills and evidence of quantitative ability
  • Multicultural experience, including diversity
  • Clear commitment to public health as demonstrated through work or volunteer experiences
  • Clear understanding of public health and community health education
  • 2 years post-baccalaureate public health related experience preferred
  • GRE is no longer needed
  • Submission of 2 applications
    • To SJSU via Cal State Apply and to the MPH Program. See Checklist below for details.
    • We highly recommend to submit applications at the same or similar timeframe. 

Fall 2024 Checklist:

Step 1: Applying to SJSU (on Cal State Apply)

  1. Review SJSU/Cal State Apply deadlines
  2. SJSU deadlines differ from the MPH program deadlines.
    • SJSU Domestic deadline is June 1, 2024* (Document deadline is June 20, 2024).
      • *Due to enrollment capacity, we highly recommend the CalStateApply and MPH application be submitted as soon as possible.
    • SJSU International deadline is April 1, 2024 (document deadline is April 20, 2024)
  3. Review SJSU's Graduate Admissions Requirements and Want to Apply
  4. Pay application fee
  5. Send official transcripts (via mail or electronically):
    • International transcripts: send to World Education Service (WES) or an approved evaluation service. Please refer to International Admissions for more details.
    • Domestic transcripts:
      Graduate Admissions
      San Jose State University
      One Washington Square
      San Jose, CA 95192-0100
    • If your university offers official electronic transcripts, SJSU will also accept this method of delivery. If your university requires an email address to send an official, electronic transcript, the recipient address is:
  6. Apply online at Cal State Apply

Step 2: Applying to the MPH Program

  1. Select one format only (Campus or Online). You may not transfer after acceptance.
  2. Review MPH Program deadlines
    • Submit your MPH application by June 1, 2024 (rolling admissions). 
      • The program deadline has been extended to June 1, 2024 (previous deadline was May 1, 2024). If the program meets enrollment capacity before the deadline, we will no longer accept applications or review pending applications.  
      • If you are an International applicant, you must submit a SJSU/Cal State Apply application by April 1, 2024.  
  3. Two letters of recommendation
    • The MPH Program will request letters from your writer directly. Letters from applicants will not be accepted. Letters must be on official letterhead, signed, and include contact information of author.
    • Letters can be submitted after application deadlines.
  4. Resume/CV
  5. Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
    1. A statement of purpose is an important document in your application. This is a space for you to tell us what sets you apart from all the other applicants in terms of academic and professional background, your personal interests, beliefs and goals.
    2. When you are writing your statement of purpose for the SJSU MPH Program, please include the following:
      • What led you to public health
      • How in your past and/or current work/volunteering you have engaged with diverse cultures and/or communities, using specific examples
      • Why you want to pursue a masters degree in public health (particularly in our program, an MPH in Community Health Education)
      • How receiving an MPH from our program will help you achieve your professional goals
      • What strengths/qualities you will bring to the SJSU MPH program and the SJSU Spartan community
  6. You can find more details in the Information Packet
    • FA24 Information Packet will be released shortly
  7. Fill out and complete the online MPH application
    • Link to application
    • Please note that you must use a computer (not a mobile device) to complete this application. You will be required to upload several documents.
    • Please have your Statement of Purpose and Resume prepared and ready to upload during this application process.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please email