Frequently Asked Questions


How often do you accept applications?

Once a year. Applications are accepted in the Spring for the Fall semester. Deadline for applications is March 1st. Applicants are notified in late May and early June. In the packet you are required to apply to both the MPH and the university by April 1.

Do I have to apply to the university at the same time I am applying for the MPH Program?

I noticed in the application that GRE scores are required, can I take the test later? 

You are advised to send your GRE scores along with your application. Applications lacking GRE scores may not be fully considered.

What is the minimum GRE score? 

There is no minimum GPA requirement for the MPH program. GRE scores are considered along with GPA, letters of recommendation, work experience, and statement of purpose.

Do I need to have an official transcript even though I attend California State University, Fresno? 

 Yes, we need to have an official copy to evaluate your GPA and to determine whether or not you need to complete any prerequisites.

What are the prerequisites for the MPH program? 

  • PH 92 - Public Health Statistics or equivalent 
  • PH 100 - Community Health or equivalent 
  • PH 109 - Epidemiology or equivalent 
  • PH 163 - Public Health Administration or equivalent

Is there an interview process I need to go through? 

 No interviews are done, your selection is based on your application, letter of intent, letters of recommendation, transcripts and GRE scores.

Can I provide my Social Security Number in the application?

 No. You need to obtain a student ID number by first applying to CSUMentor.


Can I complete the program in 2 years? 

 Yes, our program is a hybrid program designed to be completed in two years.

Do I follow a sequence of classes? 

 Every year we accept students in the fall semester. Each group will be assigned to a cohort for that term to complete the program. Keeping with the cohort will avoid problems of not knowing what classes to take or having to stay an extra semester to pay for more classes.

What are my choices for culminating experiences? 

 Thesis or Project

What are the deadlines for submitting the project?

Spring: April 20th of every year 
Fall: November 20th of every year 

If the dates above fall on a weekend, then the deadline is extended to the next working day.


Is it possible for me to see any professor for advising?

While you may discuss your academic and personal plans with any faculty member in the department, official advisement can only be provided by the option advisors listed below: 

Health Promotion - Dr. Kara Zografos-


Do I need a committee for a thesis? 

No committee is needed for the project. 

Guidelines for the thesis are formulated by the Division of Graduate Studies.

Do I need a committee for the project?

You need a three person committee for the project. Two of the faculty members -- including the chair -- must be a full-time faculty in the Deparment of Public Health. The third committee member (reader) can be anyone of your choosing providing they have a master level degree preferably in Public Health.

Guidelines for the project may be found in the MPH Canvas site.