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JPHCOPH Application FAQs

Is there a minimum GPA requirement for admission?

A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale is required for regular admission.

What are the minimum GRE scores required?

Although applicants will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), no minimum score will be required. Please request that official scores be sent to Georgia Southern University. The GSU-SOPHAS school code is 8560. To schedule an exam, visit Official scores should be no older than 5 years.

How is the admission decision made?

All of the components of the application are considered when making admission decisions.  A single application criterion will not be used to outweigh other criteria in making recommendations for admission.   Please review the admission requirements:

What is the SOPHAS application fee?  Is there a waiver?

This information is on the SOPHAS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Where should my official transcripts be sent?

Original transcripts should be sent to SOPHAS. Once you have decided to matriculate to a school of public health, it is likely that the admissions office from that school will request another original transcript. This official transcript should indicate your degree earned and date of conferral.

For regular mail, please send your transcript to:

P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471-9111

For Overnight Delivery ONLY:
c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-612-2090

Who should I get to provide recommendations?

The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health requires three (3) letters of recommendation. Two letters must be from previous professors or faculty members and it is encouraged that the third letter be from an internship or work supervisor. Applicants will enter the emails of the references in the online SOPHAS application. Once an applicant has submitted their application and paid the application fee, an email is sent to the references encouraging them to complete the recommendation letter. Once completed, it’s automatically uploaded to your application.

What information must be included in my Statement of Purpose and how long should it be?

Your Statement of Purpose must be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words and submitted via the online application. The statement of purpose should address the following: your academic and professional experiences prior to applying, your career aspirations and goals upon completion of your degree, and why you wish to attend the JPHCOPH.

How will I know if my materials have been received?

Use the SOPHAS “See My Status” link on the main SOPHAS website.

How can I check on my application status?

Use the SOPHAS “See My Status” link on the main SOPHAS website.

What are the SOPHAS application deadlines?

Visit the JPHCOPH Application Deadlines for the various application deadlines.

How long does it take to make an application decision?

The college does not review an application packet until every component of an application has been received and verified by SOPHAS.  Most applications are processed by the college within four weeks.

What is the policy for transfer of credits?

Students may request that up to, but no more than, six graduate credit hours be applied toward their degree. Transfer credit must also satisfy the same requirements as courses taught within the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (e.g., minimum grade of “B”), be consistent with the student’s approved program of study, received from a regionally accredited college or university and earned no more than 7 years prior to the degree completion date. Courses used for a previously earned degree cannot be transferred. Thesis and dissertation credits cannot be transferred. The student must provide documentation in support of equivalence, including a course syllabus and official transcript.

Is there a degree time limit?

All requirements must be completed within seven academic years from the date of first enrollment for study following admission to the program as degree-seeking. For transfer students, the seven-year time limit commences with the earliest semester during which transfer credit was earned.

How much does tuition cost and how can I check on my financial aid process?

Visit for tuition costs by semester. Look under Professional Programs, Distance Education, and Online Programs for tuition costs for your degree of interest. To check your financial aid status visit or call the Financial Aid Office at 912-478-5413.

Where and what time are classes held?

All classes are held on campus in Statesboro, GA. Traditional, face to face courses are typically held Monday through Thursday, in the afternoon and evenings. Blended courses have an online component and meet once a month, on a Friday morning or afternoon, in Statesboro, GA.

Do you offer any classes online?

We offer the core courses for the DrPH degrees in a blended format at least once during the academic year. This allows the student to complete the course online and attend class once a month, on a Friday morning or afternoon in Statesboro, GA.

Am I required to attend a New Student Orientation?

Yes, all new students must attend a Mandatory New Student Orientation. The orientation is always held the Friday before classes begin, Fall and Spring semesters. Times will be announced to all new students prior to the orientation days.

When is the Intent to Enroll Form due?

Upon acceptance to the JPHCOPH, students will be asked to complete the Intent to Enroll Form. The form is due 1 month before the semester begins. Students do not receive a confirmation that their form was received. To check the status of the receipt, please email Shamia Garrett at JPHCOPH‑

What should I do if I would like more information or have questions about a degree program?

Please contact Shamia Garrett with general questions at JPHCOPH‑

Last updated: 7/22/2016