No GRE is required. In addition to admission to NIU’s Graduate School, for the M.P.H. program you need to have the following:*

  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Written statement for the Graduate School application that demonstrates an understanding of, and a commitment to, public health. We encourage you to include volunteer experience in a community or public health setting, research experience and performance in previous graduate-level course work. It should also demonstrate your ability to write clearly and effectively and be grammatically correct.
  • Two letters of recommendation focusing on your ability to complete graduate work and potential as a future public health practitioner. Ideally, at least one of the letters should be from a former or current professor.

If your undergraduate grade point average falls below 2.75, you may enroll as a student-at-large. After proving that you can maintain a 3.20 grade point average in 12-15 credit hours in M.P.H. core courses, you may then apply to the program.

*Academic performance is not the sole criterion for program admission. Applicants are assessed for preparedness and academic potential on an individual basis. The program will consider all achievements, both academic and non-academic, to enroll students with a broad range of characteristics and perspectives.

"I chose NIU because of the flexibility of obtaining an online degree from a CEPH accredited school that had an emphasis in how behaviors impact health. I appreciate all of the help I’ve received through the program."

Timothy Henson, M.S.W., M.P.H., (’16)

"The online NIU M.P.H. program does not feel ‘online‘ at all. The teachers make the classes interactive and even have collaborative class sessions…Schoolwork is able to be completed around my 40 hour a week work schedule. I am so thankful I chose the NIU program!"

Morgan McFarlane, B.S., M.P.H., current student

"I truly learned a lot and have already been implementing public health into my dental curriculum at Midwestern University."

Larry Williams, D.D.S., M.P.H., (’17)