Application Process

Admissions Process and Instructions

Starting Fall 2013, to apply for admission to the Master of Public Health program, applicants are required to complete the online Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) application.*
*Exception: MPH Dual degree seeking students, please see individual program page for details on application instructions. 

Step 1 | SOPHAS Application

The SOPHAS application opens September 18, 2012.
The SOPHAS application may take you several hours to complete, so it is best to prepare your information in advance and set aside time to complete the process.  You will be required to complete the following information or submit the following items:

  • Applicant Information
  • Additional Information
  • Academic History [Tests (UNMC COPH SOPHAS GRE Code: 0695); Colleges and Universities attended; Coursework; and Curriculum Vitae/Resume]
  • Personal Statement
  • References (3 letters of recommendation)
  • School Designation
  • SOPHAS application fee (your fee amount will vary depending upon the number of schools to which you apply)

Designating Desired Degree/Concentration and Second Choice
SOPHAS contains a section, "School Designations". You will use this section to declare the program and area of concentration you wish to apply to, as well as your second choice. Click on "Update Designations" in the top left hand corner of the screen. Choose "University of Nebraska, College of Public Health" from the first drop down menu. Next, choose the program and concentration you would like to elect for your first choice from the second drop down menu. Click the "search" button. Select the program and click "submit". You will repeat this process to indicate your second choice program and concentration. You will have the opportunity to rank concentrations on SOPHAS.

 SOPHAS Mailing and Contact Information
SOPHAS | P.O. Box 9111 | Watertown, MA 02471
617.612.2090 | |

International Students
Submit official TOEFL Scores. Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores earned within two years preceding the desired term of entry.  Minimum score required: 550-paper; 213-computer; 80-Internet. SOPHAS TOEFL code: 0695

Transcripts from non-US institutions need to be verified by the World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE) and submitted directly to SOPHAS. A course-by-course transcript evaluation is required.

Additional Notes:
Acceptable Alternatives to the GRE: DAT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or PCAT

SOPHAS gathers all application materials and verifies documentation before releasing your application to UNMC College of Public Health.  Your application materials must be received by SOPHAS by the June 1, 2013 application deadline.  It may take SOPHAS 3-4 weeks to receive, process and verify your application and materials before releasing your materials to UNMC. It is recommended that you begin the application process well in advance of the June 1, 2013 application deadline.

Step 2 | Check Your Application Status on SOPHAS

You should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS and that your completed application has been sent to UNMC College of Public Health.  Please note that it may take SOPHAS up to 3-4 weeks to process and send your SOPHAS application to UNMC.

Upon receiving your completed application and supporting documents, your application will be considered ready for review. The UNMC College of Public Health Admissions Committee reviews applications monthly and will review your application in the month it was received as complete. Following review a decision will be made regarding your application status.  You will receive notification of the decision via e-mail within 14 days of committee decision.


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984359 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE. 68198-4359
Phone: 402-552-9867
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