Master of Science 80-Credit


The Master of Science (SM) degree program provides the essential skills and depth of knowledge needed to have a high-impact career in academia, industry, or policy analysis. Offered in several different lengths and areas of specialization (42.5-credit, 60-credit, and 80-credit), applicants are able to identify the program that best suits their unique educational goals, level of professional experience, and prior education. 

The Master of Science 80-credit program (SM-80) is designed for graduates with bachelor’s degrees who want to better serve public health through research. SM-80 students receive rigorous quantitative training and essential skills to create and advance their knowledge of community health. The SM-80 is appropriate for students considering entering the workforce, or pursuing doctoral-level work or master’s level medical research positions upon completion. 


  • Abbreviation: SM-80 
  • Degree format: On campus 
  • Time commitment: Full-time or part-time 
    • The SM-80 in Global Health and Population is only offered full-time 
  • Average program length: Two years full-time
  • Start term: Fall 

Admission information

Eligibility requirements

The Master of Science 80-credit (SM-80) degree program requires a prior bachelor’s degree or non-US equivalent. Some departments require additional coursework and relevant work experience for certain areas of study as well. 

Application requirements

All applications must be submitted through SOPHAS – the centralized application for schools and programs of public health. In addition to the application, applicants must submit:

  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Official test scores 
    • Biostatistics; computational biology and quantitative genetics (optional but recommended) 
    • Other fields (optional) 
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resumé/curriculum vitae
  • Post-secondary transcripts or mark sheets (World Education Services credential evaluation for applicants with degrees from outside of the United States.)
  • English language proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS), if applicable

Learn more about the application process.

Application deadline