Prospective International Applicants

International Applicants

It is important for international applicants to be aware of the application deadlines and to understand the admission requirements. Early submission of an application and the required documents is strongly encouraged due to the length of time required for evaluation of international academic credentials.

We only accept international applicants requiring F-1 Student sponsorship once a year for Fall admissions.

We accept master level domestic & international applicants that are already residing in the US or have a valid visa that allows them to study for Spring admissions.  

Please note that any application missing a document by the application deadline date will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Below are the two additional documents that must be provided along with the materials needed to satisfy the general requirements.


All international applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information and application booklets may be obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service directly at or This requirement applies even if you attended a graduate institution and earned only a Master’s Degree. A minimum acceptable score of 600 on paper-based TOEFL, 250 on computer-based TOEFL, or 100 on internet-based TOEFL is required for admission to our school. For IELTS a minimum acceptable overall score of 7.5 is required for admission to our school. Test scores are valid for 2 years from the test date. Have the scores forwarded to SOPHAS using the reporting code 5688 (TOEFL)/. No department code is needed. Official IELTS scores meeting minimum requirement should be mailed to:

ATTN: Admissions

UTHealth School of Public Health

1200 Pressler St, RAS E-227

Houston, TX 77030

Exceptions to this requirement:

  1. If you are a Permanent Resident or Citizen of the United States
  2. If you earned a bachelor’s degree or doctoral degree from the United States 
  3. Applicants’ country of origin from the following English-speaking countries may be exempted from submitting TOEFL/IELTS scores: Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and United Kingdom.


You can email request to

Transcript Evaluation

Transcripts from non-US institutions will need to be verified by the World Education Services (WES) and submitted directly to SOPHAS. A course-by-course transcript ICAP evaluation is required. DO NOT send original International transcripts directly to SOPHAS, as they will not accept them.

UTSPH will only accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES).  A course by course report is required. Applicants who have their 11-digit SOPHAS ID may use the special WES online application for SOPHAS applicants.

*Official means either original or copy of the marksheets/transcripts/certificates sent directly in a sealed university envelope to the Registrar’s Office by the foreign institution/s. A notarized copy is not considered official.