MA in Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning/Master of Public Health

To apply to this combined program, students must submit separate sets of credentials to Tufts University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) and Tufts University’s Public Health and Professional Degree Programs (PHPD) – we are not able to share credentials.

There are two entry points to the UEP/MPH program:

First Entry Point: Students may apply to the UEP/MPH dual-degree track at the same time that they apply to GSAS by completing an online application to PHPD and choosing UEP/MPH from the drop down menu. (Please note that you must submit a separate application to Tufts University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.)

Second Entry Point: Students may apply during their first or second year in the UEP. Applicants who enter through this pathway must apply to the UEP/MPH program by May 15th of their first or second year using the online Tufts application. Admission to GSAS does not guarantee admission to the MPH program.

Students must be admitted to both programs independently.  Upon acceptance into the dual degree program, students are required to meet with coordinators from each program to plan an overall course of study that matches their background, interests, and degree requirements. Consulting each school’s Registrar’s Office is also recommended to help the student determine when they will start in PHPD (or UEP).  PHPD will send a candidate reply form with the admit letter where the student will indicate which semester he or she plans on enrolling.   Tuition and fees are assessed and paid to each school based on the semester of enrollment.  Students are eligible for financial assistance based on current policies within each department.

Application information for international students.

Application Deadline:

  • May 15th – priority deadline
Application Requirements:
  • Slate Application
  • Application fee ($70)
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Test Scores (GRE, MCAT or GMAT)
  • Transcripts
Expand categories below for detailed instructions.

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.

Deposit: none (if admitted)

Slate Application and Fee
  • Slate Application
  • Application Fee: $70 (paid directly through the online application)
Personal Statement

Your personal statement is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement should describe your:

  • reasons for interest in public health,
  • reasons for interest in the Public Health and Professional Degree programs at Tufts University, and
  • career goals
Letters of Recommentation
Three letters of recommendation are required.

  • Recommendation letters may be submitted online (within the application) or by mail.
  • 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.
  • Electronically submitted recommendations do not need to be followed up with paper recommendations.
  • If mailed, letters of recommendation should be in a sealed envelope with the author’s signature across the seal and forwarded by you or the recommender to our address below.
Official Test Scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Both MCAT and GMAT scores will be accepted in lieu of the GRE. Non-native English speakers are required to take the TOEFL.

Applicants may request a waiver of the GRE requirement. Please note that such waivers are infrequently granted.



How to submit


Official GRE scores must be sent directly to the PHPD Admissions Office. 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 Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.

Do not use codes 0438, 6997, or 3891, which are codes for other Tufts programs.


Log in to AAMC and follow instructions to create and print your own official score report. You will be provided with instructions for submitting the .pdf of your MCAT score report, verification code, and AAMC ID in the application.


Log in to and follow the instructions to have your scores sent to us. 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 Tufts School of Medicine using CEEB code 3889.


  • Copies of ALL undergraduate and graduate transcripts (e.g., EMT courses, study abroad, summer courses, post-bacc) are required for review. 
  • We accept both unofficial and official transcripts.
    • Generally, your application will be processed sooner if you upload unofficial transcripts; this is also our preference.
    • Transcripts are only considered official if they are sent directly from the registrar’s office of your institution to our office in a sealed envelope.  If you scan your official transcript to your application it becomes unofficial.
  • If you’re uploading a transcript to your application:
    • Copy/scan/screenshot your transcripts for each college/university attended.
    • Upload all pages of your transcript(s) and one example of the back page to provide us with your university’s transcript key. This can be found on the back of your official transcript or on your registrar’s website.
    • PDF files are preferred but additional formats are accepted (e.g., .doc, .jpg,.tiff).
    • Scanned documents must be clearly legible and on standard US 8.5” x 11” paper. Be sure no text is cut off when scanned.
  • If you’re sending an official transcript to us:
    • Don’t upload anything in the transcripts section if you’re sending an official transcript. The system will inaccurately count this as your transcript, and review of your application will be delayed.
    • Official transcripts may be mailed via the US Mail to our address at the bottom of this page, or electronically to
  • If you received two degrees from the same institution that are on the same transcript, you will need to add the institution twice, one for each degree.  Upload the transcript with one degree and for the other, upload a blank document. If you leave either transcript section empty, your application will be left as incomplete.
  • If you are applying to a Tufts dual degree program (e.g., MS/MPH, UEP/MPH), we are unable to share credentials with the other Tufts schools.
  • If you have any courses that are in progress or being completed in a future term, please provide documentation of this (e.g., a transcript that shows courses in progress).
  • International students must also submit an OFFICIAL (not unofficial) evaluation of coursework done by an organization (e.g., WES or CED).  It must be sent directly from the evaluation agency. 
  • If you enroll, you must then provide your final official transcript with date of degree conferral from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree.  This applies to all international students as well.

All supporting application credentials noted above should be sent to:

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

or emailed to

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