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Admission to the MSHI Program

The Program Director will review MSHI Program applications. Admission standards and application procedures are presented in the graduate bulletin. The MSHI Program Director and the Department of Community and Public Health Chair will admit prospective students who satisfy the MSHI Program and Graduate School admission requirements. Applicants who do not completely satisfy requirements are referred to the MSHI Admissions Committee, consisting of the MSHI director and the MSHI graduate faculty, to determine admission or denial.

Admission to the MSHI program is granted only to students showing high promise of success. For classified admission into the program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Meet all requirements of and submit an application to the ISU Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Eligible credits are determined by the Graduate School.
  3. Score an average of at least 40th percentile when considering both quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE general test, but not lower than the 20th percentile in a section.
  4. An applicant who currently holds a graduate degree must submit their transcripts, but the undergraduate GPA requirement will not apply. College transcripts must be submitted directly from the awarding institution to the ISU Graduate School.
  5. No other instruments such as the MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT may be substituted.   Applicants currently holding degrees at the doctoral level from an accredited institution will not be required to submit GRE General Test scores (this includes professional doctoral degrees such as PharmD, Juris Doctorate, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). All others holding degrees at the baccalaureate and master's level must submit GRE general test scores. Students who are admitted as Classified with Performance Requirements status without GRE scores must take the General Test within their first semester of enrollment. Continuation in the program is contingent on the student meeting the above GRE score requirements. GRE scores must be submitted to the ISU Graduate School.
  6. Submit a current copy of your CV along with two letters of recommendation from non-relative individuals familiar with your academic or professional abilities (no personal references).
  7. Two years of experience working in the health field is preferred for admission. A B.S. or B.A. degree in health or a health-related discipline may substitute for working experience. Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  8. Submit a statement of purpose (one to two page single-spaced typed essay) describing your interest in pursuing the MSHI degree and your vision of how it will facilitate your career goals.
  9. Restrictions may apply to International students due to courses being offered online. International students should check with the ISU International Program Office (IPO) to determine eligibility. If eligible, international students who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the U.S., and whose native language is not English, must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for classified admission are described in the ISU Graduate Catalog under “Admission of International Students.” In addition, international student applicants who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the U.S. must take the GRE and are required to score in the 40th percentile on at least one area of the GRE. Applicants will not be considered until all above documentation has been submitted. Applications are due in accordance with ISU Graduate School application deadlines. International students shall abide by additional guidelines for applications as set forth in the ISU Graduate Catalog.

You can apply to the program by going to the Graduate School Application Page.