FAQ

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.