Prospective Students
Admissions Overview & Requirements

Early applications are encouraged due to the competitive application pool and limited space. Admission is on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until cohort capacity is full.

Applications submitted after the February 1st deadline will be considered on a rolling basis through August or until the cohort is full.

Students are encouraged to apply online after going through the application checklist on the program website. The Department office will notify individuals if their applications are incomplete. Once the application is complete and processed, admitted students will be notified by the School of Public Health Student Services office. Upon acceptance of UCLA's offer of admission, the applicant will receive an orientation and class information packet from the EMPH Program office.


  • Three years of professional experience or the full-time equivalent in a healthcare setting.
  • Acceptable Bachelor's degree with a "B" (3.0) average in upper division coursework and/or prior graduate study. Exceptionally qualified applicants with lower than minimum GPA may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Satisfactory performance on a recent Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). GRE scores are valid for five years. However, in some cases, individuals with Medical, Dental or Law degrees may waive the GRE requirement. Certain other criteria must be met, including licensure to practice in California. The School does not have a minimum combined score requirement. As a guideline, the average GRE scores is in the 50th percentile or higher for both Verbal and Quantitative. If you have taken other Graduate Entrance Exams in the past, please call us at (310) 267-5600 to discuss your options.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or have completed post-secondary education outside of the U.S. are REQUIRED to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A TOEFL score of at least 560 on the Paper-Based Test, 220 on the Computer-Based Test, or 87 on the internet-Based-Test is recommended. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. An IELTS overall band score of 7.0 is the minimum requirement. Please review the University policies and requirements

If you would like to speak with current students or alumni of the Program, call (310) 267-5600.