Master of Public Health

IMPORTANT : If you are applying to any of the following combined degree programs, you should submit the Slate Online Application, and not a SOPHAS application.

  • BA/MPH (Tufts undergraduate students only)
  • DMD/MPH (Tufts DMD students only)
  • JD/MPH (with Northeastern University School of Law and Boston College Law)
  • MA/MPH (with Tufts Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • MS in Nutrition/MPH (with Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition)

The SOPHAS application is for the MPH stand alone degree only.

Application information for international students.

Application Deadlines:

*The deadline is the date by which you should submit your application and all required documents should be received.*

  • Spring: October 25 – priority deadline
  • Spring: December 15 – final deadline
  • Fall: January 15th – priority deadline; applicants who complete their application after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis so long as space remains in the class.
Application Requirements:

Academic Requirements:

College Biology, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite to graduate from our MPH program.  Students who do not have this will normally be expected to take such a course by the end of their first fall semester.  As Tufts MPH students, they can satisfy this requirement by taking our 0.5 credit Public Health Biology course offered each fall.  Enrolling at another college or university to take an undergraduate level biology course before the end of their first fall semester with us is also acceptable.

$200 (if admitted)

Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

SOPHAS Application and Fee


Personal Statement
The personal statement should explain how obtaining a graduate degree from the Public Health & Professional Degree Programs at Tufts will further the applicant’s career goals.  Statements should be limited to 1500 words.
Letters of Recommentation
All Letters of Recommendation are submitted to SOPHAS electronically.  Letters should be primarily academic in nature and should mention the relationship of the applicant to the recommender so that their observations can be put into the proper context.

An electronic request from will be sent immediately once the applicant saves the references’ information into the SOPHAS system.  Please advise your references to monitor their junk e-mail and spam folders for messages from “SOPHAS Messenger,” subject heading “SOPHAS Reference Request,” as these e-mails are automated and therefore sometimes filtered as spam. Candidates will be able to check on the status of electronic letters via WebADMIT (SOPHAS applicant portal).

PHPD requires three letters of recommendation.  SOPHAS only requires two letters of recommendation to update your SOPHAS status to "complete."  However, your third letter of recommendation must be submitted in order for our admissions staff to review you.

Official Test Scores

Please see the SOPHAS FAQ instructions for Official Test Scores.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. MCAT or GMAT scores are the only other exams which may be submitted in lieu of the GRE. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants may request a waiver of the GRE requirement.



How to submit


Official GRE scores must be sent directly to SOPHAS. Please note, there are multiple GRE ETS Codes for Tufts University School of Medicine, be sure to use the correct code. We cannot retrieve scores sent to the incorrect school.

Submit electronically to SOPHAS/Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 6997.

Do not use codes 3889, 0438, or 3891, which are codes for other Tufts programs.


Official MCAT Scores can be electronically sent to SOPHAS and attached to your application.

Make sure that your date of birth and  AAMC ID# are filled out properly on your application. You can find your AAMC ID# under “My Profile” on the left hand side of your application. You must then request to have your MCAT scores released to SOPHAS by contacting AAMC.


SOPHAS cannot receive GMAT scores, however we do accept GMAT in lieu of the GRE. You will need to have your scores sent to our physical address, listed below. Submit your scores to "Tufts University - School of Medicine - Public Health & Professional Degree Programs."


TOEFL is required for non-native English speakers. Applicants must possess a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based exam.

TOEFL Exam Policy »
Submit electronically to SOPHAS/Tufts School of Medicine using code 5688.
Official Transcripts

All U.S. official transcripts must be sent to SOPHAS directlyInternational transcripts must be evaluated by WES.  In turn, the WES evaluation MUST be sent to SOPHAS directly.  International transcripts will not be verified by SOPHAS.

  • If your bachelor's degree was in progress when you sent your transcript to SOPHAS and you matriculate here at Tufts, official transcripts are required from your undergraduate institution showing your Bachelor's degree conferral. This must be sent directly to Tufts. NO COPIES or faxes will be accepted.
Application Status and Notifications


SOPHAS will NOT notify you that your application is incomplete or that documents are missing
. It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the status of their application and application materials on a regular basis, and to follow up with SOPHAS on any incomplete or undelivered statues, and on any incomplete or missing documents. To aid you in this process, you have several tools provided on your application.


For more information on how to update your applicaiton, please visit the SOPHAS website.


On your account homepage, the column on the right is your Status Menu. This menu is “read-only” and no section can be edited. Here you can view the receipt of documents and other information, which are updated in real time. Use the information on this menu to determine to your application’s overall status. The status titles are listed below:

In-Progress:  Your application has not yet been e-submitted to SOPHAS.

Submitted/Not Complete:  Your application has been e-submitted but is still missing a required item to become complete. Required items include payment, transcripts, and at least two letters of recommendation.

Complete/Not Verified:  Your application is complete and in line for verification.

Complete Date: The date your application was completed and went in line for verification.  Applications are placed in line in chronological order based on their complete date.  Please note, PHPD requires your 3rd Letter of Recommendation to be received by SOPHAS before you are fully complete.

Undelivered:  An error has been found and your application has been returned to you for correction. It must be re-submitted to SOPHAS in order to be processed.

Verified: Your application has been processed and your GPA has been calculated.

Mailed: Your application has been placed in a mailing batch to be downloaded by your schools and programs.

All Updated or Extra Material:

All the supporting application credentials noted above may be sent to:

Tufts University School of Medicine
Public Health & Professional Degree Programs (SOPHAS)
Attn: Director of Admissions, Emily C. Keily
136 Harrison Avenue Suite 142
Boston, MA 02111

Any grades you report as part of an Academic Update will NOT be verified and your SOPHAS GPA will NOT be updated. Once your application is verified the first time, do NOT send any updated transcripts to SOPHAS.  If, when you applied, your degree was in progress you MUST send an official transcript (with date of degree conferral) to the above address by the deadline so that we can determine degree completion.  If you do not, your application will remain incomplete.  Please allow up to two weeks for us to receive these transcripts. 

Master of Public Health program information pages