Master of Science

Welcome to the Master of Science in Public Health Sciences, where you can begin your career into meaningful inquiry and expert analysis of challenges facing the public health field. The MSPH is the first step toward a career in research and higher academics, with the goal to grow future research faculty in the field of Public Health.

Specialize in Epidemiology to bring your logic and analysis skills to bear on research opportunities. Through advanced epidemiological studies, gain intensive research, writing and publishing experience, starting the road toward your PhD in Epidemiology.

Focus on Health Behavior Research to achieve insights into the psychological, social and cultural factors that affect human health and health behavior. Develop research that advances policy, improves program planning and delivers improved outcomes.


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Due to the unprecedented challenges created by the current Covid-19 pandemic the UNTHSC School of Public Health is amending its application requirements for the remainder of the Fall 2020 cycle. Students submitting applications to be considered for Summer 2020 online programs or Fall 2020 online and on-campus programs can review amendments to our admissions requirements by clicking on the button below:

COVID-19 Admission Policy Updates
Fall 2020 Course Delivery

About the Program

Full-time. Students take 9 hours each semester. This program carries a heavy research and publication expectation as well as professional development hours. Therefore, employment outside the university is prohibited during classes.

On-campus. Students will complete their courses on-campus at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas

2 Years. Students complete the program in 5 semesters, including the summer.

Fall entrance. New students begin the program each Fall semester. There are no Spring or Summer start options.

Small class size. Core classes range from 15-30 enrolled. Concentration classes range from 6-12 students.

Cohort Format. Students complete the program in a pre-determined sequence and pace. This is shown to improve student success and completion rates, offer strong networking opportunities between students and develop quality relationships with program faculty.

SPH interlude & IPE programs. Students participate in weekly interlude meetings which consist of additional career and field prep programs. Programs range from alumni panels to networking, coaching, and guest speakers specific to concentration studies. IPE (Interprofessional Education) activities bring students from across university schools together for cross-disciplinary training. Students gain experience in collaborative work with medical professionals in real life scenarios.

Thesis Experience

MSPH students will complete significant research, writing, and publishing acitivities during their 2 years of study at the UNTHSC School of Public Health. The summer semester will be dedicated to developing their thesis proposal with a final master's thesis completed by May of the second year. The thesis proposal will meet journal standards and be submitted for publication.

Additional research and publication support will be expected of all MSPH students, resulting in an additional 2-3 article contributions over the course of the program.

Admission Requirements

Due to the unprecedented challenges created by the current COVID-19 pandemic, the UNTHSC School of Public Health is amending its application requirements for the remainder of the Fall 2020 cycle. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Admissions Policy webpage.

To Apply:

  • Create an account in SOPHAS online application portal.  sophas pic

Submit the following:

  • Official transcripts. Transcripts from all schools attended. Even schools that didn’t ultimately award a degree, all are required.
  • Official graduate test scores. GRE or alternative graduate entrance exam is required. GRE institution code 6565 for SOPHAS applicants. Other accepted tests include GMAT, MCAT, PCAT, LSAT and DAT
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. Ideal sources include academic professors, academic advisors and employment/internship supervisors. Physician shadowing letters are not recommended. Letters from peer-colleague, friend or relative are never appropriate.
  • Personal Statement. Describe your interest in the field of study (degree and concentration) to which you are applying, your career goals, how the program will help you reach those goals and why you chose the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health for your graduate education.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Your resume should reflect your full history including volunteer activities, clubs, research, conference presentations and relevant work experience.

Application Deadlines and Timeline

Upon submission of your SOPHAS application, there is between 4-8 weeks before you can anticipate a response to your application. In that time, all requested items must reach the application service. This includes recommendations and official transcripts/test scores.

Upon final completion, SOPHAS will conduct an initial evaluation of the degree and transcript records.

Priority Deadline-March 15th. All applications that have been completed, submitted, and verified by the application service will be considered for scholarship opportunities, no additional application is required. We suggest submitting your application by February 15th to allow time for SOPHAS verification.

Admissions Application Deadline-June 1st. Application reviews will conclude on June 1st unless program seats fill earlier in the admissions cycle.

Once verified, application materials will be sent on to UNTHSC. You will receive an automated email when your application reaches our system.

UNTHSC Admissions will then process and review the application before presenting it to our Faculty Admission Committee. We appreciate your patience as your application is taken through this process.

UNTHSC School of Public Health recommends allowing up to 4 weeks for SOPHAS or HAMPCAS to complete coursework verification and processing. Consider your goal to "submit" your application 1 month prior to the deadline listed.

International Applicants

Applicants who have degree coursework from institutions outside the U.S. must submit a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES). We require the iCAP WES. This will be submitted to the SOPHAS system for your final application.

International applicants must demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in oral and written English before being considered for admission. TOEFL or IELTS are accepted. Minimum requirements: TOEFL internet based = 85; IELTS = 6.5 Band Score. Meeting minimum scores does not guarantee admission. Applicants may waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement by providing documentation from one of the following accepted measures.

  • TOEFL score code is 6565
  • IELTS score reports must be physically mailed to:
UNT Health Science Center
Attn: School of Public Health Admissions
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
International applicants should submit their application 6 weeks prior to the posted priority deadline. This will allow sufficient time for WES to process the transcript evaluation report and adequate time for visa processing.

Visit our International Student Office site to learn more about the I-20 process, estimated Cost of Attendance and other key factors.

Cost, Scholarship, & Financial Aid

Total approximate value of tuition and fees:

Master of ScienceIn-State Resident $10,950Non-Residents $28,750

Highly qualified students selected for the Master of Science in Public Health programs are offered generous support from the university in the form of full tuition and fees scholarship. This scholarship is awarded for the the entirety of the 2 years of the program as long as a student continues to make satisfactory progress toward graduation.

Early application is recommended for this competitive program. The March 15th priority deadline is the preferred time to receive MSPH applications. Offers will be made until seats are filled. Seat count changes year to year based on currently active students. Teaching assistantships and on campus work are available to students throughout the year. About 35% of SPH students are employed on campus during their course of study.

UNTHSC is a graduate only campus and has limited GA, RA & TA positions. MPH, MHA & MS students may apply for positions following admission. Work hours are capped at 19 hours a week. Available positions do not carry tuition/fee waivers.

International students are automatically billed for student insurance coverage at a current cost of $997 per semester or $2600 per year. Click the following highlighted text for full insurance details and requirements.

Financial Aid is available to support tuition, fees and living expenses. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 hours in a traditional term in order to receive financial aid. Average loans taken for UNTHSC School of Public Health students is approximately $20,563. Loans taken may extend beyond the actual cost of the program to include living expense assistance. If you have specific questions, please contact the UNT Health Science Center Financial Aid Office via:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

We’re glad you have questions. Graduate school is a big step and requires careful consideration. You’re always welcome to email or call us for answers, but for your convenience, we’ve curated our responses to the most common questions from our applicants. You may view our "Frequently Asked Questions" page by following this link:


Average Fall 2019 Admit


UG GPA: 3.41
GRE Verbal: 155 or 65%
GRE Quantitative: 155 or 54%
GRE Analytical Writing: 4 or 62%




This page was last modified on June 4, 2020