Ph.D. in Health Equity Sciences Admissions Requirements


Eligibility Checklist

To apply to the PhD program, you must have:

  • A Master of Public Health or health related master’s degree you completed at an accredited university
  • A minimum graduate cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Proof of English language proficiency for all non-native speakers of English, regardless of citizenship, as required by the NMSU Graduate School
  • Evidence of completing one graduate level course (3 credit hours) in statistics or biostatistics

*Note:  Preference will be given to applicants who have submitted a thesis during their master’s coursework, have completed a comparable extended project or publication, documented research experience or relevant work experience


We do not require GRE scores for any of our graduate degree applications.


The deadline for Fall 2024 admission is 11:59 p.m. MST, March 30, 2024.  Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered but preference will be given to those meeting the deadline of March 30, 2024.

How To Apply

You will complete the PhD application online. Applying to the HES PhD program is a two-step process.

  1. Completion and submission of the online application: All items are submitted in the Graduate School online application portal. You will complete and upload all components of your application via the NMSU Graduate School website:

All PhD applicants will be charged a $40 application fee by the NMSU Graduate School.

We highly recommend that you save a copy of each document you upload for your records. You cannot access application materials once you have submitted your online application.

We will not review incomplete applications.

Completion of an online interview: After an initial round of reviews, we will invite some applicants to complete an interview (in-person or online). These interviews will take place spring 2024.

For online interviews, you will need access to a computer, tablet, or mobile device with a working camera and microphone, as well as a reliable internet connection.


For additional information about the application process to the PhD program, click here