A cooperative arrangement between the MCH Department and the
Social Work (SSW)
facilitates the pursuit of joint MSPH/MSW and
MPH/MSW degrees. Simultaneous applications to both
the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work are welcome for
applicants who have had at least a year of work experience following their
bachelor's degree. With that in mind, we encourage applicants who are
interested in the Dual Degree program, but do not have the post-bachelor's experience, to apply only to the
School of Social Work and then apply to the School of Public Health in the
first year of social work training (by January 1). If you have social work faculty
recommendations about your ability to do graduate work and your interest in the
field of public health, your application will be more competitive.
MCH seeks to admit applicants whose career goals are firmly based in fields related to maternal and child health. Admission is for the fall semester except in unusual circumstances. Application information and materials are available online at the Graduate School website. Admission requirements include:
- Submission of completed application materials by December 3 (suggested) for full consideration for graduate school fellowships.
- Applicants with post-bachelor's MCH-related of at least one year experience will be given priority
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Statement of professional goals (750-1000 word limit) as described below for MCH applicants
- Three letters of recommendation from academic/professional references
- Official transcripts for all completed academic work
- GRE, MCAT or equivalent entrance exam scores taken within five years of application
- TOEFL and completed financial certificate for international applicants
- Personal interview
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Step 1: Decide Which Degree Is For You
Step 2: Review Application Deadlines
- UNC Graduate School Deadline
- MCH is responsible for all admissions decisions, however some financial awards are decided through the Graduate School. For full consideration for these awards, the deadline is December 3.
- MCH Deadlines
- All Master's (Residential) applications received by January 8 will be reviewed by the admissions committees. We must receive all materials by this deadline for you to be considered and nominated for a Graduate School award. While we continue to review applications beyond this date, we urge you to apply early. Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis which informs the ultimate closing date for admissions.
- Decision Dates
- Most decisions are made between January 15 and March 15. The Graduate School will mail the official decision letter no later than July 1 for fall admissions.
- Terms For Which Applications Are Accepted
- You may apply only for fall admission. Spring admission is only considered in exceptional circumstances and after consultation with the Department.
- Financial Aid Information
- Applications with all required materials received by December 3 will receive full consideration for Graduate School fellowships. Applications received after that date will be considered as funds remain available.
- For more information on financial aid, please refer to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid
- The School of Public Health and HBHE offer financial assistance, guidance and awards for financing your education as well.
Step 3: Collect Application Materials and Review Admission Requirements
Step 4: Review Special Instructions
- Please contact Carrie Aldrich by email or at (919) 966-2018 if you have problems with the online application.
Step 5: Complete an Application
Applications are processed centrally through the UNC Graduate School. The application is available online. Create an account to begin the process. Once the fee is paid, the application is processed and the profile is available to MCH immediately.
Step 6: Manage Your Application
You may track the progress of your application, verify the receipt of your application materials and view the Department's admissions decision online.
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Application materials and Instructions
For instructions regarding the online application process, please visit the Graduate School website.
- Test Scores: MCAT scores are acceptable in place of GRE scores, but not recommended.
- Financial Certificate (international students only) is available on the Graduate School website.
** A completed Financial Certificate is required in addition to the award letter or scholarship notification letter from an Agency or Government. If a student will be using personal support, a bank statement showing first year's support, converted to US dollars and certified by a bank, is required with your application for admission. Since the Masters' Program requires summer field placement, summer registration is required. Please contact Carrie Aldrich
for more details. Visit the Graduate School webpage
for more information.**
- The admissions process has two steps. The
committee reviews applications and then, based on this review, applicants are
selected for personal interviews.
Professional Goals Statement
In order to determine if either program is appropriate for your educational and professional needs, please use the outline below in developing a personal statement, answering the following questions.
ATTENTION: Please be aware that the Department's requirements are different then what is stated on the Grad School application requirements.
The Master's program statement can be from 750-1,000 words maximum, the format of the statement will be determined by the student, all questions should be addressed.
Your application will not be considered complete without this statement. You will submit this statement as part of the graduate School Application.
Master's Program (MSPH, MPH)
- Describe briefly those responsibilities and activities that are relevant to MCH in your previous work and/or volunteer experiences.
- What are your learning goals and objectives that motivate your application for admission to this department at this time?
- What knowledge, skills and strengths do you bring? What knowledge and skills need strengthening?
- What career objective would you like to explore or prepare for as part of your graduate program?
- (Briefly) How did you learn about our program?
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