MCH: Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD Residential) Application Details

UNC Gillings Application Details
MCH: Master's-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD Residential)

Our maternal and child health department was founded in 1950 and is one of the world's leading academic departments for research, teaching and practice. We are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families -- domestically and globally. Our teaching program provides students with broad exposure to maternal and child health population needs and priorities, as well as the skills to become leaders of tomorrow. Our faculty members represent a rich mix of academic backgrounds and interests, contributing expertise and leadership in a wide range of disciplines. We invite you to join us as we embark upon an exciting new year of scholarship, leadership and service.

We weigh multiple factors in admissions decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications for the program, please contact us.

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1. This is a two-step process.

1-0-0-0 118644 (sec) (You will need to complete two applications (and pay related fees) to both SOPHAS and UNC ApplyYourself.)

2. Complete online SOPHAS application

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Application Deadline: January 3, 2014    |    Fee: $120.00+    |    Step Link

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(SOPHAS - Schools of Public Health Application Service - allows applicants to apply to ***multiple programs at participating schools of public health for one fee.***See UNC's SOPHAS profile.)

  1. 2-1-0-0 118646 (prim) IMPORTANT NOTE(S):

    2-1-0-0 118646 (sec) See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

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    Application to UNC is a two-step process. Please apply separately to (1) SOPHAS and (2) UNC-Chapel Hill (via ApplyYourself). See SOPHAS website for complete checklist of SOPHAS steps as not all are listed here.

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    Once your application is submitted, it will be verified by SOPHAS. You will receive an email from UNC soon thereafter prompting you to complete the ApplyYourself application. Components of the SOPHAS application will be exported to the ApplyYourself system, but you will still be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, and upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s). UNC will have access to your SOPHAS application at the time you submit. However your application will not be reviewed until you've completed both SOPHAS and ApplyYourself applications.

  2. 2-2-0-0 118650 (prim) Applicants will need to enter all coursework information into SOPHAS and submit an official transcript to SOPHAS.

    2-2-3-0 118653 (sec) If you are admitted and choose to enroll at UNC Gillings, you will be asked for an official transcript showing degree awarded. International applicants need to have a WES-evaluated transcript for upload via SOPHAS, but a WES-evaluated transcript is not an acceptable substitute for an official transcript according to UNC.

  3. 2-3-0-0 118656 (prim) International students

    2-3-1-0 118657 (prim) International applicants need to have a WES-evaluated transcript.

    2-3-2-0 118658 (prim) You will upload your test scores, resume or CV and letters of recommendation to SOPHAS, and upload a Financial Certificate via the ApplyYourself system (detailed below).

  4. 2-4-0-0 118661 (prim) Upload your personal statement.

    2-4-12-0 118676 (prim) Please upload a personal statement that answers the following questions. Please restate each question. The statement should not exceed two, single-spaced pages.

    1. 2-4-15-1 118680 (sec) Identify a current departmental faculty member who has research interests that are close to yours, and explain why he or she would be an appropriate mentor for you.
    2. 2-4-15-2 118681 (sec) What specific areas would be the major concentration in your doctoral studies? List minor areas of study if applicable.
    3. 2-4-15-3 118682 (sec) What experiences have you had which are relevant to your education and career goals?
    4. 2-4-15-4 118683 (sec) If not offered admission, do you wish to be considered for the terminal master's program with the option to apply to the doctoral program later?
    5. 2-4-15-5 118684 (sec) What research problem(s) might you want to address for a dissertation?
    6. 2-4-15-6 118685 (sec) What career do you intend to pursue after the program?
    7. 2-4-15-8 118687 (sec) How will this degree contribute to your career goals?

  5. 2-6-0-0 118778 (prim) Enter names of recommenders. SOPHAS will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf.

    1. 2-6-1-3 118782 (sec) 3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)

  6. 2-8-0-0 118793 (prim) Report test scores to SOPHAS.

    2-8-0-0 118793 (sec) (GRE code 0311 routes to both SOPHAS and UNC. You will need to make two requests for TOEFL/IELTS scores to be sent to SOPHAS and UNC. Code 5688 routes to SOPHAS only,  and code 5816 routes to UNC.)

    GRE test scores must be official and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). By selecting the UNC-Chapel Hill SOPHAS code, your GRE scores will be transmitted to SOPHAS and UNC. They must be no more than five years old (to the month) at time of request, or ETS will not send. TOEFL/IELTS scores must be no more than two years old.

  7. 2-9-0-0 118794 (prim) Mail official transcripts (from each institution you have attended) directly to SOPHAS. Do not mail these to UNC. If admitted, you will be asked by UNC for an official transcript.
  8. 2-11-0-0 118797 (prim) Check SOPHAS portal to track progress.

    2-11-0-0 118797 (sec) Applicants should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS.

  9. 2-12-0-0 118798 (prim) Do NOT apply to UNC Gillings via ApplyYourself until you've received an email with instructions.
  10. 2-13-0-0 118799 (prim) Note: Time-to-decision varies from program to program at UNC Gillings. UNC will not render a decision unless you have completed both a SOPHAS and a UNC Gillings ApplyYourself application.

3. Complete online ApplyYourself application

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Application Deadline: January 14, 2014    |    Fee: $85    |    Step Link

3-0-0-0 118800 (sec) (ApplyYourself is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)

  1. 3-1-0-0 118801 (prim) IMPORTANT NOTE(S):

    3-1-0-0 118801 (sec) See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.

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    All UNC Gillings applications for graduate-level programs fall under the purview of the UNC Graduate School. Accordingly, you will apply to UNC Gillings via ApplyYourself, and UNC Gillings programs will make admissions recommendations to the UNC Graduate School for final approval.

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    Once a recommendation is finalized, you will receive notice via email from the UNC Graduate School. Throughout the process, most of your questions can be answered by your program contact.

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    NOTE: To be considered for UNC Graduate School scholarships, apply before priority deadline.

  2. 3-2-0-0 118814 (prim) Once your SOPHAS application has been received by UNC, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the ApplyYourself application.

    3-2-0-0 118814 (sec) Although ApplyYourself will import some information from SOPHAS, you will be asked to answer residency and honor code questions, upload a copy of your transcript(s) and pay the application fee. Please only enter required information, and do not change the program/degree information. We estimate that this application should take you less than 30 minutes to complete.

  3. 3-5-0-0 118817 (prim) Faculty interest(s)/mentor(s)

    3-5-1-0 118818 (prim) We do not require that you list faculty who support your application. Such information is not considered in the admissions process. You are also not required to list faculty with whom you'd like to work, but this information can be helpful to the admissions committee.

  4. 3-6-0-0 118826 (prim) Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.
  5. 3-8-0-0 118843 (prim) Educational history

    3-8-1-0 118844 (prim) Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.

  6. 3-16-0-0 118986 (prim) Because you already applied via SOPHAS, you do NOT need to enter recommender information, upload a resume or add a personal statement.

4. FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)

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    Check out our Costs and Funding page.

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    Note priority deadline to be eligible for UNC Graduate School scholarships and fellowships. Departments will decide which applicants to nominate. No additional application required.

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    Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1, 2014 (please verify this date via FAFSA) via FAFSA. If you've been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.

  4. 6-6-0-0 119074 (prim) Department funding

    6-6-1-0 119075 (prim) Our department contacts incoming students regarding funding opportunities.

    6-6-2-0 119076 (prim) We consider all applicants for funding.

5. FYI: application review process

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  1. 7-1-0-0 119085 (prim) SPH application review:

    7-1-1-0 119086 (prim) Interview

    1. 7-1-1-8 119094 (sec) Department will contact selected applicants interviews.

    7-1-5-0 119117 (prim) Department recommendation will sent to the Graduate School for final approval.

    7-1-5-0 119117 (sec) UNC Gillings will not render a decision unless you have completed BOTH the SOPHAS and UNC Graduate School applications.

  2. 7-2-0-0 119119 (prim) UNC Graduate School application review and final decision:

    7-2-1-0 119120 (prim) The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the Graduate School will send you an email instructing login to the ApplyYourself portal to see the decision letter.

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    NOTE: Financial aid is separate from the admissions process. For more information, please refer to our School's Costs and Funding page and/or UNC-Chapel Hill's Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) website.

Program Contact:

Carrie Aldrich
Student Services Manager
(919) 966-2018
Rosenau Hall, Room 424
CB 7445
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7445
USA