Application Process

Who Should Apply

The Master of Science in Global Health program looks for students with the potential for leadership, experience working with underserved populations, and a strong academic record. Our rigorous, one-year program emphasizes scholarship, evidence-based analysis, and critical thinking. You must be prepared to engage in an experiential project (capstone research) either in the US or another country during one quarter of the program. Because the field of global health is vast, you will benefit from entering the master’s program with a specific area of study and interest (women's health, infectious diseases, environmental studies, etc.).

UCSF is a health sciences campus and welcomes students with backgrounds in health science professions or related disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, environmental studies, law, or international studies. If your background is not in health sciences, you will need to demonstrate how your academic discipline and career goals are relevant to global health. We prefer students who have a clear idea of how the degree will fit into their career trajectory and a strong commitment to addressing global health issues.

Admissions Criteria

You must have the following qualifications to apply:

  • Bachelor's degree, or the equivalent from an accredited institution, with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of at least one college-level course in each of the following areas, with at least a B grade: 1) mathematics (e.g., calculus, algebra, statistics), 2) general biology, 3) health-related science (e.g., nutrition, microbiology, anatomy, physiology), or a second biology course
  • English proficiency for non-native speakers

How to Apply

Submit the following materials to the UCSF Graduate Division online application, where you will find complete instructions:

  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages): Summarize your education, professional experience, publications, languages spoken, honors and awards, local and international experience, extracurricular interests, and special skills.
  • Personal statement (no more than 750 words): Address your reasons for applying, prior global health experience with underserved populations (local or international), personal expectations of the program, and global health career goals. If your GPA is less than 3.0, please thoroughly explain the circumstances here.
  • Three letters of recommendation: The letters should address your academic strengths, personal qualities, accomplishments, and how the MS degree will contribute to your career growth. At least one letter should be from someone familiar with your academic strengths and weaknesses.
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions you attended: Transcripts are required from each institution, even if you did not receive a degree. Transcripts not in English or from non-US institutions must be evaluated through World Education Services (WES) to verify degree equivalency.
  • Application fee: You may qualify to have your application fee waived if you participate in specific programs or can demonstrate financial need. See guidelines on Application Fee Waivers to determine your eligibility for this exemption. To request the waiver, select the “application fee waiver” option in the payment area of the online application.
  • Test scores: Graduate-level tests are not required for entry to this program, but if you have taken the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT, we ask you to self-report your scores.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: If you are a non-native English speaker, you must demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways:
    • Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that are no more than two years old. We accept the following minimum scores based on the type of test:
      Paper-based TOEFL: 550
      Computer-based TOEFL: 213
      Internet-based TOEFL iBT: 80
      IELTS: 7
    • Submit an official transcript showing you completed at least one year of study at an accredited college or university in the United States with a minimum GPA of 3.0.


September 1, 2017
Application opens for 2018-19 academic year

December 15, 2017
Priority application deadline

February 15, 2018
Final application deadline

2018 Admissions Interviews:
  • January 19: In-person
  • January 31: Online
  • March 23: In-person
  • March 28: Online

Fall 2018
Admitted students begin courses

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