All courses offered within this graduate certificate are delivered in an online learning environment. There are no on-campus courses offered for the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate at Michigan State University.
The sections below detail all the information needed to apply for admission to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate.
Applications to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate are accepted throughout the year. Admission is done on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Valid through Fall Semester of 2017 Applications:
|Semester||Classes Begin||Application Deadlines|
|Fall||Late August||June 30, 11:59p.m.|
|Spring||January||October 31, 11:59p.m.|
|Summer||May||March 31, 11:59p.m.|
New Application Deadlines Effective for Spring Semester of 2018 Applications:
|Semester||Classes Begin||Application Deadlines|
|Fall||Late August||May 31, 11:59p.m.|
|Spring||January||September 30, 11:59p.m.|
|Summer||May||February 28, 11:59p.m.|
Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate Application Requirements
- Application for Graduate Certificate Study at Michigan State University (with associated application fee)
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university*
- Official transcripts (in an envelope sealed and stamped from the registrar’s office) containing your transcripts from each post-secondary university attended, including MSU
- For international transcripts, an attested copy of the diploma must also be requested directly from the institution.
- Chinese transcripts require an official verification report from the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) ( www.cdgdc.edu.cn). This official verification report must come to our academic office in an official sealed, unopened envelope from the CDGDC – the student is not to open the official sealed envelope as that will make the transcripts unacceptable.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Personal statement describing interest/experience in the public health discipline and career goals
- Resume or CV
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
- Official test scores from an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, MELAB, MSUELT, or IELTS) Institution code: 1465
1. Submit the Appropriate Application:
Applicants choose the MSU Application for Graduate Certificate Study, complete the application, and submit the $50 application fee.
IT IS IMPERATIVE APPLICANTS PROVIDE A VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS AS DECISION LETTERS ARE SENT VIA E-MAIL.
An MSU applicant ID number is provided after submission of the appropriate application. This is needed for submission of application requirements specific to the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate.
2. Create a "Be a Spartan" account:
Applicants create a Be a Spartan account following the directions received by email. The applicant ID number (provided with submission of an MSU application) is required.
Applicants who have submitted their application and have not received an email with instructions regarding "Be a Spartan", should contact the university’s Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332. The Office of Admissions should also be contacted if difficulties with "Be a Spartan" arise during the application process.
3. Submit Application Materials Required for the Core Disciplines of Public Health Graduate Certificate:
Applicants must submit the following materials using the "Be a Spartan" portal:
Letters of recommendation
- Recommendation letters must come from academic or professional references. The Admissions Committee does not accept letters written from personal references.
- Letters of recommendation from academic or professional references must be submitted on the organization's letterhead.
- The Admissions Committee looks for letters of recommendation that address the following topics:
- The applicant’s academic or professional capabilities
- The applicant’s leadership skills
- The applicant’s work ethic
- The applicant’s ability to successfully complete graduate level work
- The applicant’s personal qualities consistent with professionalism and teamwork
- Any significant actions or accomplishments
- Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the letter-writer or through a secure letter service such as Interfolio. Letters uploaded by applicants will not be accepted.
- Applicants input the e-mail addresses of their recommenders within their portal. The system then sends them an email with instructions on how they can upload their letter directly to the applicant's portal.
- The personal statement should be a concise, well-written document discussing the applicant's interest in public health and how their experiences (personal and professional) have influenced that interest. It is recommended that applicants discuss how their career goals align with public health and their pursuit of the Core Disciplines of Public Health graduate certificate.
- The personal statement does not have to be submitted on the university application. If the applicant does not submit their personal statement on the university application, it must be uploaded to their applicant portal.
- The personal statement has no minimum length requirement.
Resume or CV
- The Admissions Committee highly recommends applicants include volunteer experience on their resume.
Academic statement (not required)
- Applicants are provided the opportunity to submit an academic statement if they feel they have experienced an academic situation that they would like to explain to the Admissions Committee. This option is highly recommended if an applicant has a less than a 3.0 GPA, individual semesters with poor performance, multiple withdrawals, less than preferable standardized graduate or professional school test scores, etc.
Official transcripts directly from the institution.
- Via mail to: Admission and Enrollment Management Office, Master of Public Health, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University, 200 East 1st Street, Flint, MI 48502
- Hard copy transcripts must arrive to our office in an envelope sealed by the institution's registrar. Transcripts that have been opened by the applicant are deemed unofficial and will not be accepted.
- Electronically: through the use of a secure transcript service such as AVOW (powered by Parchment) or eSCRIP-SAFE directly to MSU Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- All electronic official MSU transcripts are to be submitted to MPH_GeneralInformation@hc.msu.edu.
- May only be requested to be sent via mail. Electronic international transcripts will not be accepted.
- An attested copy of the diploma must also be requested directly from the institution.
- Chinese transcripts require an official verification report from the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) (www.cdgdc.edu.cn). This official verification report must come to our academic office in an official sealed, unopened envelope from the CDGDC – the applicant is not to open the official sealed envelope as that will make the transcripts unacceptable.
International applicants must request official English language proficiency test scores be sent using the institution code: 1465.
- Test scores cannot be more than five years old.
- Examples of test scores accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, MSUELT, PTE A.
- University test score minimums for English language proficiency scores can be found here, https://grad.msu.edu/sites/default/files/content/apply/ENGLISH%20LANGUAGE%20PROFICIENCY.pdf.
- A waiver for the English language proficiency test requirement may be requested for situations defined by the Graduate School. There is no guarantee waiver requests will be approved except in the following circumstances:
- International applicants who earned their bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
- International applicants who earned a master’s degree at an AAU institution on a U.S. campus (http://www.aau.edu/about/default.aspx?id=16710). In this case previous English language proficiency test scores are helpful but not required.
- Applicants may contact us with questions regarding specific situations.
Questions regarding application status are to be directed through the Be a Spartan application portal e-messaging system.
Direct any questions or issues with the "Be a Spartan" application portal to the Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332.