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University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions. International students must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT; the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 band.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.


You must have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

Letters of Recommendation

Include two academic or professional letters of recommendation. All letters must be less than a year old and on department letterhead. At least one letter must be academic.

Statement of Purpose

Submit a statement of purpose of approximately 2-3 pages addressing the following questions

  • Why are you interested in pursuing the MPH degree?
  • How will an MPH degree affect or enhance your career aspirations and goals? 


Provide your current professional resume or curriculum vitae.

Global Access to Online Degree Programs

When applying, international students applying to a fully online program must agree to  our international online and hybrid programs disclosure and disclaimer statements. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall (August)  March 15 
Spring (January)  November 1 

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Jacqueline Lanier, DrPH, MCHES  Felmley Hall of Science Annex 329   (309) 438-8285