Accelerated BSPH–MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Plan of study

You will complete three years of bachelor’s degree requirements. During your third year, you will apply for the accelerated program. If accepted into the accelerated program, you will complete your first year of MPH coursework during what would have been your fourth year of undergraduate study.

That MPH coursework takes the place of your final BSPH required courses. You will then graduate with your bachelor’s degree the spring after your first year in the MPH program.

Year OneBachelor’s degree courses
Year TwoBachelor’s degree courses
Year ThreeBachelor’s degree courses
Year FourMaster’s degree courses (take place of BSPH requirements)
Graduate with BSPH degree
Year FiveMaster’s degree courses


The accelerated program is a competitive opportunity for outstanding public health students. To be eligible to apply, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a B+ or higher in the following courses: PBHL-S120, PBHL-S220, PBHL-S305, PBHL-S315, and PBHL-S340.

Prior to the start of your senior year, you must have all but five major public health elective courses completed for your BSPH degree. These courses will be replaced with MPH courses taken the first year of the MPH program/last year of the BSPH program.

If you meet the above criteria, you are not guaranteed admission. All elements of the application including letters of recommendation, scores, GPA, résumé, interview, and personal statement will be taken into consideration.

How to apply

You should complete the application in the spring semester of your junior year by the application deadline.

Accelerated application form

Accelerated application form example

Prospective accelerated program students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early to begin planning. Please visit our advising page for complete instructions on how to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

International applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health requires applicants whose native language is not English or whose academic study was done exclusively at non-English speaking institutions to prove English proficiency by providing either official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Scores must be under two years old.

The preferred minimum English language test scores for admission to the Fairbanks School of Public Health are:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum score of 92
  • Computer-based TOEFL: minimum score of 263
  • Paper-based TOEFL: minimum score of 620
  • IELTS (total band score): minimum score of 7

Need more information?

If you have questions about admissions at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, we encourage you to contact Student Services at (317) 274-2000 to speak with one of our admissions advisors. You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor early to begin planning. We're happy to answer questions or schedule a visit.

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