Prospective Students
FAQ
  1. When do classes meet?

    Classes meet twice a month for 2 academic years (August through June). Classes are scheduled on Fridays from 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. See the class calendar.

  2. Where do classes meet?

    All classes are held at the UCLA School of Public Health Main Campus.

  3. How many students are in the class?

    Each class has approximately 25-35 students.

  4. When is the deadline for applying to the program?

    The application priority deadline for the EMPH Program is February 1. However, our rolling admissions policy allows us to accept applications beyond this date. Early applications are encouraged due to the competitive application pool and limited classroom space.

  5. How much is tuition?

    UCLA establishes annual tuition fees for the following year. Tuition for 2016/2017 is $30,450. This amount covers the cost of registration and class materials, excluding textbooks. Please call the program office to find out current year's tuition.

  6. Is financial aid available?

    Stafford loans are available to cover the full amount of the tuition. Visit the UCLA Financial Aid website for more information.

  7. How do I apply for the program?

    First, review the application checklist. To apply to the UCLA EMPH Program, you must submit an application to the UCLA Graduate Admissions, www.gdnet.ucla.edu. EMPH applicants do NOT need to submit a SOPHAS application. Please note that all application materials must be submitted before your application packet is considered complete

  8. What are the requirements for admission?

    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; satisfactory performance on a recent (within the last five years) Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  9. How many years of work experience do I need?

    Three years of professional experience or the full-time equivalent in a healthcare setting.

  10. What happens if I don't have three years of work experience?

    Although three years of experience is required by the time classes begin, the applicant's quality of work experience and his/her leadership potential will be taken into consideration.

  11. Can I waive the GRE?

    In some cases, individuals who have taken prior graduate entrance exams may waive the GRE requirement. Please contact the programming officer at emph@ucla.edu. Note: Applicants should be aware that if their formal request for a waiver is denied, full review of their application, and a final decision, may be delayed until the official GRE test score has been submitted.

  12. What do I have to score on the GRE?

    The School does not have a minimum combined score requirement. Applications undergo a holistic review process, and the GRE test score is only one of several criteria considered for admission to the EMPH Program.

  13. Are the program requirements different if I already have another graduate degree?

    No. The EMPH Program is a cohort and collaborative learning process that brings various work experiences and educational backgrounds together.

  14. What characteristics does the Admissions Committee look for in a student?

    The EMPH Admissions Committee is looking for a diverse group of individuals to participate in each class. A variety of factors are taken into consideration, including work experience, grade-point average, GRE scores, and the personal statement.

  15. What should I include in my personal statement?

    What professional and personal experiences have led you to apply to this program? What kind of work experience do you have? What do you hope to gain from the program? How will the MPH help you obtain your professional goals?

  16. How many letters of recommendation do I need, and who should write them?

    You need 3 letters of recommendation. Preferably, one letter should be from an academic source, or a supervisor attesting to your ability to succeed in an academic / learning environment. The other two letters should be professional references who can speak to your past performance in processing new information, and your potential performance in a graduate program.

  17. If I have a TOEFL score from five years ago, would that be acceptable? Do I have to take an English-language exam once I am officially enrolled at UCLA?

    TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years, so you will have to take the test and submit your most recent score. Admitted applicants are required to take the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE) before registering for their classes. Please visit the Graduate Division webpage for specific information.

  18. Can I visit classes before I submit an application?

    You are welcome to attend a class session. Call our program office at (310) 267-5600 to make arrangements.

  19. Can I speak to current students or alumni of the program?

    We will be happy to make those arrangements. Call our program office at (310) 267-5600.