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Arnold School of Public Health


USC Graduate School

Application Requirements

  • A completed application to the University of South Carolina Graduate School
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent (for a doctoral degree - an earned master's degree is typically required)
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE Scores (50th percentile or above). General Public Health masters programs will also accept MCAT or PCAT scores. The Certificate of Gradate Study in Public Health requires no scores. Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior MPH Professional Online Program applicants may request for significant prior professional experience to be considered in lieu of the GRE. Health Services Policy and Management will also accept GMAT Scores. For detailed instructions on how to submit your scores, read our admissions tests & transcripts information. 
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources (Advanced Athletic Training MS and Health Services Policy and Management JD/MHA and MSW/MPH programs only require two letters)
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • For international applicants, satisfactory score on the TOEFL (minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam (minimum overall band score of 6.5). Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service. WES is an organization that provides international credential evaluation and checks documents for validity and accuracy. WES also offers analysis of an individual's degrees and transcripts and will provide equivalents for each credential. Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP). For more information contact WES at their site or 212-219-7330.

Additional Requirements by Degree

Advanced Athletic Training

Advanced Athletic Training M.S.: Eligible applicants must possess an undergraduate degree with a major in athletic training from a CAATE accredited program.  The master's program is a “post-professional program-” which entails all students applying to the program to already be a certified by the Board of Certification as an athletic trainer to enroll. 

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Communication Sciences and Disorders Ph.D.: Prospective Ph.D. students should contact the department to discuss their proposed concentration area (i.e., the area in which they intend to conduct research). A personal interview is required. Prior to admission, the applicant must obtain a commitment from a COMD faculty member agreeing to serve as the applicant’s research mentor and direct his/her dissertation.

Exercise Science

Exercise Science M.S.: International applicants and applicants seeking a fellowship or graduate assistantship should apply early for consideration.

Exercise Science Ph.D.: International applicants and applicants seeking a fellowship or graduate assistantship should apply early for consideration. If you are applying for the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program (BBIP), a supplemental application [pdf] is required. More information about the BBIP traineeship can be found on the BBIP site. Return complete supplemental application to the Department of Exercise Science.

General Public Health

General Public Health MD/MPH: Eligible applicants must have been accepted into either the University of South Carolina School of Medicine or the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine.

General Public Health PharmD/MPH: Eligible applicants must have been accepted to the South Carolina College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina in Columbia or the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  Students who have earned a bachelor's degree or at least 90 hours toward the PharmD degree may be eligible for the dual degree program.

Preventive Medicine Residency Program: Successful applicants to the Preventive Medicine Residency program concentration must have prior acceptance to the University of South Carolina Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the USC School of Medicine.

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior MPH Professional Online Program: Minimum of two years post-baccalaureate health-related professional experience is required. Applicants may request that significant prior professional experience be considered in lieu of the GRE. Such requests must be made in a document separate from the letter of intent, providing detailed description of the relevant professional experience indicative of potential for success in the MPH program. These requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Health Services Policy and Management

Health Services Policy and Management JD/MHA: Applicants must be separately accepted by the University of South Carolina Law School and the MHA program as per their respective admission criteria. 

  • A report of scores achieved on the verbal and quantitative sections for the Graduate Record Exam (GMAT may be substituted for the GRE in both MHA and MPH Programs).
  • Official transcripts from each school or college previously attended (All prior academic study must be covered).
  • Resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • A statement of professional goals and prior work experience, if any, not exceeding three pages.
  • For all international applicants: satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 Exam and non-US institution transcripts verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.