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Admissions Test Information

(Also refer to the USF Graduate Catalog ( section 4: Graduate Admissions.)


The following pertains to MPH, MSPH, PhD and DrPH applicants:
All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or have taken an equivalent admissions examination within the five years preceding application and must meet the following criteria.
  • Equivalent exams include the GMAT, MCAT, DAT or PCAT.
  • LSAT is not accepted in lieu of the GRE.
  • Although there are no required minimum scores, the applicant’s GRE score will be compared to the applicant pool and the national GRE norms.
Applicants who have a terminal degrees such as the PhD, ScD or EdD, and those with advanced professional degrees (MD, DDS, DO, DVM, JD, PharmD, DPT) from accredited institutions and who are individually licensed in the United States in their profession may request to waive the GRE (  The GRE waiver is not automatic and must be approved by the College of Public Health.


Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English* in one of the following ways:

The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

  • By providing scores of 79 or higher on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT)
  • By providing a score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • By providing a score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A)
  • By earning a score of 153 (or equivalent) on the GRE Verbal exam.
  • By earning a baccalaureate or higher degree at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Applicants who earn a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction (for the institution and not just the major) may meet this requirement. However, other related factors (including test scores) will also be considered. Medium of Instruction must be documented on the transcript or on an official Certificate of Medium of Instruction from the Institution

English Proficiency requirements. Note: Graduate Pathway programs are not available at College of Public Health