Can I attend UCLA Fielding part-time?
All degree programs are full-time and all classes are held during the daytime. Course schedules are similar to a typical undergraduate schedule so there is flexibility for part-time work, etc. as your schedule permits.
What is the difference between the MPH and MS?
The MS is an academic degree designed for students who desire to specialize in methodology. In general, the MS programs are more research oriented and quantitatively based than the MPH programs. As such, MS programs tend to include extra research modules and more mathematically based coursework. The MPH programs also include required 400-hour field work to provide practical experience.
When are admissions offers made to applicants?
This varies by department and degree program. Typically, admissions offers are made by mid-March.
What are you looking for in the statement of purpose?
The statement of purpose serves three functions:
- To see your writing ability/style
- To determine the match with the FSPH program
- To help determine merit-based funding.
The 1500-word statement should address your path to the field of public health, your passion, and areas of interest, the fit with the FSPH program, and your future dreams and aspirations in the field of public health.
Does the school offer spring admissions?
No. Applications are only accepted for the fall quarter.
My undergrad grades are not strong. How can I increase my competitiveness?
If you have worked in public health for several years, but your undergraduate grades were not strong, first, note that we are looking mainly at your upper division (last two years of college) GPA. A couple of bad grades will not have a large impact on your application. Be sure to focus on your work experience in your statement of purpose. Find letter of recommendation writers who can relate your professional work experience to potential for excellence in the classroom. If you have more questions, you should contact a staff member from the program to which you hope to apply.
How will I know if UCLA has received my application from SOPHAS?
Log into your SOPHAS application and look at the “Status” box on the right side of your screen. Click on “School Designations” to find out if your completed application has been sent to the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
Who should I call if I have technical issues with the SOPHAS application?
You should contact SOPHAS directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.612.2090.Email SOPHAS
Who makes admission decisions?
Admission decisions are made by a committee made up of faculty members from the program to which you have applied.
Do I need to take the TOEFL exam if I'm an international student?
If you have graduated from a college or university within the United States you do not have to take the TOEFL exam.
Who can I contact if I need assistance with my application or questions?
- Prospective applicants who have additional questions about the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health should call the Office of Student Services at 310.825.5524 or email Sukhwinder Sagoo.
- For questions about a specific department and/or degree program, contact the department's student services officer.
- For questions about the SOPHAS application process, call 617.612.2090, email email@example.com, or visit www.sophas.org.
What is the cost to attend the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health?
The fee structures for our students vary, depending on the student's residency status and the student's degree program. The annual fees are as follows:
Professional Degree Fees MPH
Professional Degree Fee DrPh
Academic Master’s Degree Fee
Academic Doctoral Degree Fee
UCLA Fielding also offers awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment, summer internship funding, and need-based aid to students.Learn About Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is financial aid available?
UCLA offers various types of financial aid, including graduate fellowships and scholarships, federal traineeships, need-based scholarships, and loans. In order to apply for any type of financial assistance, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1st of each year and is due March 2nd of the year of matriculation. Please visit the FAFSA website for applications and additional information. Support based solely on merit is available in the form of fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and graduate student researcher positions.Learn More About Scholarships & Financial Aid
Do you offer deferrals?
UCLA does not offer deferrals. You must re-submit both SOPHAS and UCLA graduate application for the following year.
Can I transfer in any credits toward the master's degree?
A maximum of eight quarter credits may be accepted towards the master’s degree, however, the course curriculum must be reviewed and approved.
I am undocumented. What do I need to know?
If you are an undocumented prospective student, please visit UCLA Resources and University of California Office of the President (UCOP) Undocumented Student Resources.
I'm a US citizen educated outside the US. Do I have to take the TOEFL exam?
Yes, you have to take the TOEFL exam if all your education was from the country whose official language is not English.
Can I get my application fee waived?
Fee waivers are available to applicants who meet certain requirements.
- For SOPHAS application fee waiver requirements, visit this page.
- For UCLA Graduate application fee waiver requirements, visit this page.
Is the GRE required for admission?
GRE requirements for each application cycle vary by department and degree.
Are your degrees STEM-designated?
The MPH, MS, and PhD degrees in Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology are classified as STEM.