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How to Apply to the PhD Population Health Sciences

We are pleased that you have decided to apply to Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) and look forward to receiving your application!

There are two steps in the application process:

  1. Complete the online application.  Click submit and pay the application fee.

  2. Complete the self-managed application by submitting the following documentation directly to TJAPP unless otherwise noted:

    Thomas Jefferson University CAS Transcript Processing Center
    P.O. Box 9130
    Watertown, MA 02471

    1. Official Transcripts. Submit an official transcript for all undergraduate and graduate accredited institutions you have attended. If your courses were completed outside of the United States, you must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
    2. Three Letters of Recommendation.  Once you have indicated the names and email addresses of the individuals who you would like to submit an evaluation, an email request will automatically be sent to the evaluator on your behalf.  Please advise your evaluator to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.
    3. Demonstration of Ability to Perform Graduate Work
      Applicants must submit GRE scores (50% percentile or higher in each of the three categories) that are less than five years old. GRE scores should be sent by Educational Testing Services (ETS) directly to TJAPP. (GRE code = 7689)
    4. Personal Statement/Essay of 300-500 words describing your interest in the program. Include information relevant to your goals in the PhD in Population Health Sciences program, such as research experience and program expectations. Upload your essay to the TJAPP application. See TJAPP Application Instructions for “My Attachments.”
    5. Demonstration of English Language Proficiency. All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to JCPH. JCPH accepts any one of the following to satisfy the proficiency requirement:
      • Native English speaker from one of these countries (PDF)
      • Baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university
      • U.S. national or state licensure or certification in a medical, nursing or allied health field
      • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing – 21, Speaking – 23, Reading – 21 and Listening – 22.  Thomas Jefferson University requires that official scores be sent directly to JCPH.
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are valid for two years with an overall score of 6.5 and individual scores as follows:  Listening - 6.5, Reading - 7, Writing - 6 and Speaking - 7.  Thomas Jefferson University requires that official scores be sent directly to JCPH.
    6. CV or Résumé summarizing your work or volunteer experience, especially if it is related to health or health care.

Admissions Review

  • The latest date to submit an online application for fall (September) admission is May 15.  The last date to submit an online application for the spring (January) is October 15.  The latest dates to receive the supporting documentation are May 31 and October 31, respectively.
  • Applicants will be notified of an enrollment decision by July 15 for the fall term and November 15 for the spring term.