MPH & MS Application Process

Getting Started on Your Application

All application materials for Dartmouth’s MPH and MS programs are submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) (  This online system allows prospective students to submit a single application to multiple schools and programs of public health.

Deadlines, Decision and Deposit

Applications must be complete on the following dates to be considered for that round of admissions. Each admitted applicant who wishes to reserve a place in the incoming class must submit a nonrefundable deposit (which is applied against tuition).

Round 1* 12/1/17 2/1/18 3/1/18
Round 2 2/1/18 4/1/18 5/1/18
Final Round 4/1/18 Rolling Rolling


* Priority deadline for scholarship consideration

The decision status of an application will be updated in the online application.  For admitted and waitlisted applicants, an official letter will follow by post.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space in the class.

How Applications are Evaluated

Each applicant to the MPH or MS programs will be evaluated holistically.


A bachelor's degree must be conferred before attending Dartmouth. There are no specific course requirements to be completed at the undergraduate level.

No specific experience is required for the 1-year accelerated MPH and MS programs; however, work experience, community service experience, and/or volunteer experience are encouraged.
The 2-year online MPH requires a minimum of two years of work experience, preferably in a health-related field.

How to Apply for MPH & MS

All application materials for Dartmouth’s MPH and MS programs are submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) (  This online system allows prospective students to submit a single application to multiple schools and programs of public health.  SOPHAS forwards applications to Dartmouth.

A Complete Application

A complete application file consists of

• personal statement (the heart of the application)
• application form
• two letters of recommendation
• resume
• official transcripts
• standardized test scores (if required) and
• an application fee.

SOPHAS notifies TDI when an application is complete.  When we send an application to the admissions committee, the applicant will receive an email that her/his application is being considered. Most email notifications will come from Please be sure to add this email address to your safe sender list to ensure timely receipt of emails.


Personal Statement - the heart of the application
For the personal statement, the SOPHAS instructions can be confusing.  After clicking on “Statement of Purpose and Objectives”, the instructions sound general, but end with “Check with the ...program determine ...[the] questions you should answer in your statement(s)”. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. We want to know why you think Dartmouth is the right school for you, and your personal statement should make specific connections to our program. See below for what we are looking for in your essay:

For your 2017-2018 TDI application, your personal statement of no more than 750 words should address the following question:

• What impact do you want to have on health and health care, and how will a degree from The Dartmouth Institute help you do that?


Application Form
Basic information is provided in an online form on SOPHAS


Two Letters of Recommendation
Recommendation requests should be given to two people who are able to provide a thoughtful, thorough and honest assessment of your academic abilities in general and, specifically, the ability to succeed in the graduate programs at The Dartmouth Institute.  Please contact your evaluators well in advance to give them sufficient time to write and submit their evaluations by the deadline. After you supply SOPHAS with the email addresses of the recommenders, SOPHAS sends the recommender instructions on how to electronically submit the letter.

College seniors & college graduates within the last 12 months:  Two letters of recommendation must come from your professors who can assess your academic abilities.

Applicants who have been out of college longer than one year: Your letters of recommendation should come from employment supervisors and/or professors who can assess your academic and professional abilities.


Resume or CV
A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) is required. Submit this document directly to your SOPHAS application.


Official Transcripts
All applicants must submit official transcripts for all academic work towards any degree earned, including all undergraduate and graduate degrees. If you are currently enrolled in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript of courses completed and work in progress. Institutions must submit official transcripts directly to SOPHAS using their Official Transcript Request Form. Photocopies or student copies will not be accepted.

Standardized Test Scores (GRE, MCAT, or GMAT)
Official test scores must be submitted directly to SOPHAS.  Choose which to submit: either GRE or MCAT or GMAT.

GRE, GMAT or MCAT results must not be more than five years old.

How to submit scores
GRE   Please use the following code to send your GRE scores to SOPHAS: 0158

MCAT   Follow SOPHAS instructions to submit your AMCAS ID & verification code that came with your test results.

GMAT   Contact GMAT to request that Dartmouth have access to your scores

Conditions when this requirement may be waived.

  • This requirement is waived for MPH and MS applicants holding an advanced or professional degree.
  • This requirement may be waived based on an MPH or MS applicant's work experience and academic background. To be eligible to apply for the waiver, applicants must meet all of the following criteria: initiated an application to the MPH or MS program; earned a BA or BS from an accredited college or university; achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale from their undergraduate institution; and have at least five years of applicable work experience post-graduation (determined by the TDI Admissions Committee). Contact the admissions office at with your resume and transcripts if you are seeking to have the standardized test requirement waived.

Standardized Test Scores for International Students (TOEFL or IELTS)
All nonnative English speakers must submit either the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate proficiency in English. Results must not be more than two years old.  This requirement is waived for applicants who received a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where instruction is in English. 
The minimum required TOEFL scores for the different exams are as follows:
Internet based exam: 100
Computer based exam: 250
Paper based exam: 600
IETLS minimum score: 7 

Application Fee
SOPHAS has a standard application fee.  Dartmouth does not require a supplemental application or fee. The application fee is non-refundable and is not credited toward any charges when an accepted applicant registers as a student.

All Dartmouth degrees are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Dartmouth Institute's MPH degree is also accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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