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Graduate School

Dear Prospective Students:

As the Coordinators for the MPH Programs in the Department of Public Health Sciences, we invite you to explore NMSU for your graduate degree, and we encourage you to apply to one of our graduate programs.

At NMSU, we offer graduate degree programs in public health that students can complete in a traditional on-campus classroom setting or on-line using distance education technology. The Council on Health Education (CEPH) fully accredits our MPH degree programs. These programs include MPH degree programs with a concentration in either Health Behavior and Health Promotion (HBHP) or Health Management, Administration, and Policy (HMAP). Both require 42 credit hours of instruction and a field placement experience. The HBHP concentration also offers a thesis option for students seeking research experience. We also offer a 15 credit-hour Graduate Certificate program in Public Health.

It is important to note that anyone with a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) can apply to our public health programs with no required prerequisites. Indeed, we welcome students with bachelor’s degrees in diverse fields including biology, psychology, anthropology, nursing, business, sociology, as well as public health.

Also, we tailor our programs to accommodate working professionals. For example, we schedule all on-campus classes during evening hours to accommodate traditional daytime work. Our online programs provide even more schedule accommodation as students can complete their degrees on their schedules

Finally, many of our on-campus students benefit or have benefited from Graduate Assistant positions, which help students to defray the cost of attending graduate school.

We thank you for visiting our website and hope you will consider NMSU for your graduate degree. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Joe Tomaka
Graduate Coordinator
Jagdish Khubchandani
MPH/MSW Joint Program Advisor

Admissions Criteria 

Application Process and Requirements for Admissions

All MPH and PH Certificate applicants must use the NMSU online admissions portal.

*Please know that NMSU has recently changed online application service providers.  To ensure that you are applying to the new system, make sure the URL reads, “,”  AND NOT, “”

Incoming students are required to meet the following admission requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a 3.0 minimum GPA.
  • Official transcripts for each university attended (uploaded to the online admissions system).
  • Three references with at least one from a former faculty; the others from employers and/or colleagues.
  • A personal statement covering academic background and career goals.

*The Department of Public Health Sciences no longer requires GRE scores for admission.   However, please note that the new online application system will allow students to upload GRE Scores if they have them.  Students who have completed the GRE may still upload their scores to support their application.  Such scores are not required for admission.

International students are required to first contact the International Student and Scholar Services office before proceeding with the application and admissions process.

TOEFL or IELTS score must be submitted and a minimum score must be met before an admission decision can be rendered. Requirements can be found here.


Domestic Applications, including the US, Canada, and Mexico:  Rolling admissions; however, we conduct reviews of applications twice a year.  In the fall, we review for Spring admission; the deadline is November 15.  In the spring, we review for fall (or summer) admission; the deadline is March 15.

International Applications:  We review applications from international students once per year for admission in the fall semester only.  The deadline is February 15, although we may consider applications submitted before November 15.  All international applications must include a WES or Span-Tran evaluation transcript evaluation.

Please be advised that students are required to participate in a mandatory MPH student orientation typically the Monday the week that classes start.  Students can participate in orientation in-person or online. 

Tuition and Fees information


For specific information on the details of the Master of Public Health Programs contact:

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Joe Tomaka
Graduate Coordinator

Jagdish Khubchandani
MPH/MSW Joint Program Advisor