Applying to the Master of Public Health (MPH) as an International Applicant

Thank you for your interest in Michigan State University’s (MSU) Master of Public Health program! The diversity brought to MSU’s courses and campus by international students is so important. The university feels privileged to accommodate so many international students every year.

Please note: due to the online nature of the MPH program, international applicants are unable to obtain through our program the I-20 necessary for a student visa to study in the United States. International applicants must be able to complete our program from their home country unless they are currently in the United States with an unrestricted visa. Please contact the Office for International Students and Scholars for more information on visa restrictions and online learning.

Office for International Students and Scholars
(517) 353-1720


Residents of Canada: Michigan State University is unable to offer online-only programs to residents of Canada. Residents of Canada are unable to apply for MSU's MPH program. For more information, please visit the MSU State Authorization website or call the MPH office. 

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship: The MasterCard Foundation Scholars program is no longer accepting applications and has terminated their partnership with Michigan State University as of March 21, 2018.


International applicants can find more information on the Graduate School International Applicants website.

Quick Links


Application Deadlines

MPH Application Requirements for International Applicants


Unfortunately, the Master of Public Health program is not offering any scholarships or assistantships at this time. Please access the resources below to research different funding opportunities. Please note: international applicants are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

The Graduate School Funding Website

Office for International Students and Scholars Grants and Scholarships Website

The Office of Financial Aid International Students Website


Application Deadlines

International applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted at least four months prior to the specified deadline of the semester for which they are applying.


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Application Deadlines

Recommended Application Deadlines for International Applicants


Late August

June 1, 11:59p.m.

Februray 1, 11:59p.m.



October 1, 11:59p.m.   

June 1, 11:59p.m.



March 1, 11:59p.m.

October 1, 11:59p.m.


Overview of the Application Process


Application Status

Questions regarding application status are to be directed through the application portal e-messaging system. 

Direct any questions or issues with the application portal to the Office of Admissions at (517) 355-8332.