Master of Science in Global Health and Sustainable Development

Master of Science in Global Health and Sustainable Development

Application, admission, and degree-granting requirements and regulations shall be applied equitably to all individuals, applicants and students regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college, show evidence of satisfactory preparation in math and computer skills and have acceptable academic record.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester Deadlines

  • US Applicants: July 1
  • International Applicants: April 15

Spring Semester Deadlines

  • US Applicants: November 1
  • International Applicants: September 15

Admission Criteria

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  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Competent written and oral communication skills.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Minimum of one year of undergraduate mathematics (e.g. algebra, statistics, or finite math).

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants are not required to submit official GRE scores.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should be 750 words and can be uploaded to the Personal Statement section of SOPHAS. In your own words, describe experiences that have shaped your interest in public health. Discuss your past education, experience, and current professional objectives. You are encouraged to comment on your plans to use your education and training, the needs and /or challenges you perceive as important in the field, and any personal qualities, characteristics and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in the field of global health.

The personal statement can be uploaded electronically to the SOPHAS application.


For each position on the resume or CV, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed, and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service and demonstration of leadership skills. Include professional certifications, honors, and awards.

Resume or CV can be uploaded electronically into SOPHAS and should not be mailed.


US Applicants
Official post-secondary transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended (must be sent directly from the institutions to SOPHAS). This includes previous study at Indiana University campuses. U.S. applicants who studied at foreign institutions as part of a study abroad experience at their U.S. college or university do not need to provide a WES evaluation of their study abroad coursework.

Applicants are required to enter all U.S. coursework. Entering U.S. coursework allows SOPHAS to calculate GPAs that institutions use in reviewing applications, provides a way for institutions to review applications using electronic review forms and also allows for a mechanism to gather aggregate information about prior coursework. SOPHAS uses official transcripts to verify the self-reported coursework. This process significantly expedites the institution review process.

International Applicants
All applicants with foreign academic credentials must provide a World Education All applicants with foreign academic credentials must provide a World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of those credentials. Because this process can take some time, applicants should submit their transcripts to WES at least 1 month in advance of the application deadline (Spring - September 15 | Fall - April 1). Through special arrangements with SOPHAS, WES will deliver its credential evaluation report directly to SOPHAS by secure electronic transmission. This expedites the delivery of the evaluation report as well as images of the applicant’s verified transcripts to SOPHAS and allows SOPHAS to process the report most efficiently. Go to for more information.


Three letters of recommendation are required from professional sources that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of your abilities, skills and strengths and weaknesses. Examples of professional and academic sources are academic advisors, professors, preceptors or immediate supervisors. Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, colleagues, classmates and relatives.

Recommendation letters must be submitted electronically to SOPHAS.

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 79
Computer based TOEFL: minimum score of 213
Paper based TOEFL: minimum score of 550
IELTS: minimum score of 6.5

Applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL scores to SOPHAS using the following designation DI Code 5688.
  • IELTS scores can be uploaded electronically to SOPHAS and official copy sent to IUPUI School Code 1325

For more information about:

TOEFL exam, visit
IELTS exam, visit

For more information on IUPUI TOEFL requirements, review The Office of International Affairs section on English proficiency for graduate students. 

English Placement Test

International students who reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit either TOEFL, ILETS or IUPUI EAP (English for Academic Purposes) exam scores.

International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. at the time of application must submit their TOEFL or ILETS scores with their application and, if admitted to the MS GHSD Program, must also complete the EAP Exam upon arrival to Indianapolis.

The USMLE and ECFMG do not fulfill the required proof of English proficiency when applying to the MS GHSD Program. Applicants who have passed the USMLE or ECFMG must also submit TOEFL, ILETS or EAP scores.

For further information on the EAP, contact the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. To schedule a test date and time please call Testing Center at 317-274-2620.

EAP Test