Which online schools offer a Master of Public Health without a GRE?

For decades, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores have been a standard requirement of universities and schools offering public health qualifications. But as demand for public health workers continues to grow, there are more and more programs available that don’t demand this prerequisite.

But, and this is a big BUT, most institutions do still need evidence of some kind that students enrolling in MPH programs have the abilities required to complete the courses successfully. So most have other requirements that candidates need to meet. Furthermore, it might be a disadvantage not completing a GRE, particularly if they haven’t demonstrated significant quantitative and analytical skills in their admission materials.

So don’t simply choose a school because it states no GRE is required.

Most commonly, the GRE will (or may) be waived if:

  • You have a high grade point average (GPA) from undergraduate studies
  • You have at least two to five years’ experience in the specific public health field you are planning to focus on for the MPH
  • You already have an advanced degree (for example a masters or doctorate) in any field

Some of the online schools that do not require a GRE score for enrollment in an MPH degree program include:

  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology has no GRE requirements for its two or three years online MPH.
  • California State University at Fullerton offers admission to the MPH program without a GRE if candidates meet other requirements. If applicants have less than a 3.0 grade point average for the last 60 class units, they will have to do the GRE, and they won’t be accepted unless they score at least 50 percent in at least one section. Other factors that count towards waiving a GRE include having a bachelor degree from an accredited college and specified results in certain core courses, as well as proven experience in public health.
  • The University of California, Berkeley has GRE exemptions for applicants with a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral-level degree. Students enrolled in medical or dental schools can submit Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores instead of a GRE.
  • The University of Albany SUNY in New York allows candidates to substitute the GRE with the MCAT scores in most public health programs. It may be waived for those who have already received a graduate degree as well as those who have completed steps one and two of the US Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Waivers must be applied for.
  • University of New England’s Master of Public Health Program If a student’s GRE scores do not meet certain requirements, for example, a B in math and science courses, they allow applicants to make certain substitutions.
  • Florida A&M University’s Institute of Public Health While GRE scores for both verbal and quantitative reasoning are required, if the applicant already has a terminal degree, the GRE may be waived.
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health does require standardized scores from all MPH applicants, but those who have an advanced degree can apply to have this waived.
  • University of South Florida’s College of Public Health GRE scores must be submitted, but if they do not meet the grade, the university may accept the minimum GPA instead.
  • Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine will waive the GRE, but only for applicants who are physicians who are licensed to practice in the USA.



Schools with Online MPH Programs
A.T. Still University Online MPH
Benedictine University Online MPH
Concordia University of Nebraska Online MPH
Creighton University Online MPH
Des Moines University Online MPH
East Tennessee State University Online MPH
Emory University Online MPH
Florida A&M University Online MPH
George Washington University Online MPH
Idaho State University Online MPH
Johns Hopkins University Online MPH
Liberty University Online MPH
Loma Linda University Online MPH
Loyola University Online MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin Online MPH
New Mexico State University Online MPH
New York Medical College Online MPH
Northern Illinois University Online MPH
Nova Southeastern University Online MPH
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Online MPH
Rivier University Online MPH Programs
San Jose State University Online MPH
Simmons College Online MPH Program
Tulane University Online MPH
University at Albany-SUNY Online MPH
University of Alabama Online MPH
University of Alaska Online MPH
University of California Berkeley Online MPH
University of Florida Online MPH
University of Illinois Online MPH
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Online MPH
University of Minnesota Online MPH
University of Montana Online MPH
University of Nebraska Medical Center Online MPH
University of New England Online MPH
University of North Carolina Online MPH
University of North Texas Online MPH
University of South Carolina Online MPH
University of South Florida Online MPH
University of Southern California Online MPH
University of West Florida Online MPH
West Virginia University Online MPH

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