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Answering Application Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact our admissions office at or 310.825.5524.

All degree programs are full-time and all classes are held during the daytime.  Course schedules are like the typical undergraduate schedule so there is flexibility for part-time work, etc. as your schedule permits.

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 a required 400 hour field work to provide practical experience.

This varies by department and degree program. Typically, admissions offers are made by mid March.

The statement of purpose serves three functions: to see your writing ability/style, to determine the match with the FSPH program, and 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 interests, the fit with the FSPH program and your future dreams and aspirations in the field of public health.

No. Applications are only accepted for the Fall quarter.

First, note that we are looking mainly at your upper division (last 2 years of college) GPA. A couple of bad grades won’t really hurt 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. Contact information is available at

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.

Admission decisions are made by a committee made up of faculty members from the program to which you have applied.

As you have graduated from a college or university within the United States you do not have to take the TOEFL exam.

Prospective applicants who have additional questions about UCLA School of Public Health should call the Office of Student Services at (310) 825-5524, send an e-mail to Sukhwinder Sagoo, or visit the School’s website

For questions about a specific department and/or degree program, contact the Department Student Services Officer

For questions about the SOPHAS application process, please call (617) 612-2090, send an e-mail to, or visit

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

The Fielding School also offers awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment, summer internship funding, and need-based aid to students. For more information about Financial Opportunities please click here. 


UCLA has 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 web site for applications and additional information at  Support based solely on merit is available in the form of fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships, and graduate student researcher positions. For more information, click here.

UCLA does not offer deferrals. You must re-submit both SOPHAS and UCLA graduate application for the following year.

A maximum of 8 quarter credits may be accepted towards the Master’s degree; however, the course curriculum must be reviewed and approved.

Yes, you have to take the TOEFL exam if all your education was from the country whose official language is not English.

Fee waivers are available to applicants who meet certain requirements.

For SOPHAS application fee waiver requirements:

For UCLA Graduate application fee waiver requirements:

GRE requirements for the 2023 application cycle vary by department and degree and can be found here.

The MPH, MS and PhD degrees in Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology are classified as STEM.

If you have additional questions, please contact Sukhwinder Sagoo, Admissions Officer, at or 310.825.5524.