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The 42 semester unit, cohort-based accelerated MPH program requires 14 months of study, including summer semester. The program is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of every student. Program admits two (2) times a year, Fall and Spring, keeping class sizes small and promoting greater personal attention.  Hybrid format with courses that start every 8 weeks and are conducted two evenings a week. 

Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with University regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. In order to be admitted to CSU San Marcos as either a post-baccalaureate student or as a graduate student, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as determined by each graduate program.

Supplementary Criteria for Admission into the MPH Program:

  • Copy of official transcript(s) from all college work.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s academic qualifications and/or professional experience relevant to the MPH degree. (These MUST be on letterhead AND signed to be considered).
  • A 300-500 word narrative statement describing how the program relates to applicant's professional goals.
  • A current resume demonstrating experience (paid or volunteer) in public health, health education, health science, or a related area if Bachelor’s degree is not in a health-related area.
  • A grade of C (2.0) or better in the following courses:
    • Statistics

Visit the How To Apply page for information on application submission and deadlines.

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