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Application Requirements

Applications for 2021-22 will open September 9th, 2020. To apply, visit UC San Diego Graduate Admissions website. 

Please note, we only accept students during the Fall of each academic year.


Fall 2021 Application Deadline:

Priority Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 at 11:59pm
Extended Deadline: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 at 11:59pm

Did you miss the MA Info Session? See the recorded session here. 

Global Health Info Session Powerpoint Presentation

Attention UC San Diego Students

You may use the following letter of recommendation form in place of a formal letter if you're requesting a letter from UC San Diego faculty. This form can only be used for the UC San Diego MA in Global Health degree. If faculty are writing you a letter for other programs, please feel free to use that letter. Faculty will submit the letter in the grad portal. Once you identify them as a recommender they will receive an email with a link to submit a letter (or this form).


Eligibility for 2021-22 Applicants:

  • Completion of online application via Grad Apply. 
  • 2 Essays/Writing Samples
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Applicants should include their interest, background, and how this program fits in with future goals 
  • Transcripts
  • 2- 3 Letters of Recommendation 
    • One letter must be from a faculty member the student has worked with or taken a course with. The second letter must be from a faculty member or internship/field experience supervisor.
  • Have received a bachelor's degree and have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA.
  • Have completed a global health field experience (international or domestic) or have postgraduate global health related volunteer or work experience (e.g. Peace Corps).
  • Have completed undergraduate coursework in global health, medical social sciences, international studies or related field.
  • Have completed a statistics course (may also be completed the summer prior to beginning program).
  • International Students: TOEFL (Minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 for the paper based test (PBT), 80 for the Internet Based Test, or 231 for the computer based test).





Where Do I Send Letters of Recommendation?

In the Grad Apply application, there is a section for requesting letters of recommendation. A link will be sent to letter writers for them to upload the document to your application. Make sure to contact the letter writer first and get their confirmation before sending the request through Grad Apply.

Please note the following when it comes to requesting a letter:

  • Select professors who have personally come to know your abilities from your written work and your active participation in their course or in a campus group to write your letter of recommendation (earning a good grade in a course is not enough for a professor to write a persuasive, detailed letter of recommendation).
  • Students should give recommenders plenty of time to complete the letter of recommendation--the more time, the better. 
  • Please make sure to provide any specific instructions or questions that may be requested by the program/position.

What is the Application Fee?

Applicants will be required to pay the application fee or to request a fee waiver at the end of the online application.

Application fees as of September 1, 2016 can be found below:
  • U.S. Citizens & Permanent Resident Applicants: $105.00
  • International Applicants: $125.00

Applicants may submit up to three applications for the same term with one application fee. However, each application must be submitted to a different department.

How Do I Qualify for a Fee Waiver?

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may request a waiver for the application fee. Applicants must provide supporting documentation within three weeks of the application submission date.

Applicants may qualify for a Fee Waiver upon verification of one of the following:

  • Need-Based Federal Aid - FAFSA report, Financial Aid Award Letter, or document posting Federal need-based aid.
  • Financial Hardship - Most recent state or federal tax forms, exhibiting the number of dependents and the adjusted gross income or Federal 1040 forms. See the "Income Eligibility Guidelines" link for more information.
  • U.S. Military Service - Copy of DD 214 (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy) or if active duty, send an email with your legal name, date of birth, and branch of service.
  • Graduate Prep Program Participation - UC San Diego provides a fee waiver for applicants who have participated in specific graduate programs. Note: Not all graduate preparation programs are eligible for the fee waiver. On the "Additional Information" page of the online application select the program in which you participated. The name and business email address of the program director are required for the UCSD Graduate Admissions staff to verify your participation. If this verification cannot be completed, you will be asked to provide additional information or pay the application fee.

How Do I Request a Fee Waiver?

  1. Complete the online application. The option to request a fee waiver is provided before the official submission of your application.

  2. Review the "Apply for Fee Waiver" section, sign, and submit. This action submits your final and official application to UCSD Graduate Admissions.

  3. Check your email.  A confirmation email with be sent with further instructions for submitting your verification.

Please note: Application Fee Waivers can only be processed after Steps 1 and 2 have been completed.

Who can I contact if I still have additional questions?

If you have further questions about the MA in Global Health application requirements, feel free to contact us at