FAQs

Does the MS HOPE program have minimum scores for standardized tests such as the GRE or the TOEFL?

Although we don't have specific minimums for standardized tests, these scores are considered together with the overall GPA in prior degree programs; letters of recommendation; a personal statement of professional goals; and the applicant's curriculum vitae or resume.

Are applicants with prior professional degrees, such as a PharmD, MD, or PhD, required to take the GRE?

Yes, all applicants are required to take the GRE. As determined by ETS, scores from exams taken within the past five testing years are considered valid.

Are international students eligible to apply to the MS HOPE program?

As long as the applicant has an undergraduate degree and completes the other requirements for admission as well as the TOEFL, they would be eligible to apply to the MS HOPE program. If accepted, applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. registered permanent residents must obtain and maintain an appropriate visa status for their stay in the U.S. prior to admission. Please visit the following link for further information: http://globalservices.rutgers.edu/content/faq.html.

What would make an applicant competitive for admission into the program?

Competitive applicants generally will have demonstrated strong quantitative skills or aptitude through a combination of their standardized test scores; prior coursework in advanced math (e.g. calculus), statistics, biostatistics, economics, research design or similar areas; and other sources indicated in their resume, CV and letters of recommendation, such as research publications, posters or presentations at scientific conferences, or through work or internship experiences.

Since the MS HOPE program is a joint degree program between the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health, do I need to submit two applications?

Applicants should apply through the Rutgers School of Public Health application portal on SOPHAS. The School of Public Health also requires a Supplemental Application form (http://www.sophas.org/documents/RutgersSupplementalApplication.pdf). A separate application to the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy is not required.

Would you be able to provide more information on job placement rates?

Since this is a new program, and the first cohort of students began Fall 2015, we do not have job placement rates yet.

Does the program provide internship opportunities for its students?

We do not currently offer summer internship opportunities. We can refer our students to existing internship programs offered through the public and private sectors.

What are the differences between an MS in Health Outcomes, Policy and Economics and an MPH?

There is some overlap between our core, required courses and those required for the MPH in Health Systems and Policy, Epidemiology or Quantitative Methods (QNME). This is by design, since graduates from our program will need the same core skills, especially in quantitative disciplines such as biostatistics, epidemiology and economics, as first year graduate students in those concentrations. The distinction in this program will be primarily in the second year, both in the electives that will be available, as well as in the type of project students will be conducting as part of their 2nd year "Capstone Research" project, which will be similar to a master's thesis research project. Those projects will be somewhat more quantitative and empirically-focused than most of the MPH 2nd year fieldwork projects.

Is it possible to enroll in the program as a part-time student?

Yes, students are able to complete the program as part-time students. However all requirements, including completion of the Capstone research project, must be completed within 5 years of matriculation.

How much does the program cost?

Please see the following site for information regarding Rutgers School of Public Health tuition and school fees for 2015-16: http://sph.rutgers.edu/admissions/tuition_fees.html

Is there a minimum requirement for industry experience in order to apply to the program?

There isn’t a specific amount of industry experience that is required for the program. Having prior research experience allows an applicant to be more competitive and work experience is seen as a positive and is looked at in conjunction with the rest of the application.

Are there areas that a student can specialize in during their course of study?

There aren’t specialized tracks for the program as this is a general Master of Science program. However, once students complete the core courses, they may take approved electives that focus in on their areas of interest.

Is it feasible to transfer into the MS HOPE program from an MPH program at another school?

In order to transfer, you would have to apply to the program through the normal application process.

Is it possible to take classes prior to being admitted into the program?

Yes, it is possible to do this. Non-Degree Seeking Students, such as Visiting Students, interested in applying to take one or two course at the Rutgers School of Public Health and/or enrolling for a single semester at the Rutgers School of Public Health should complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student Registration Form at the following link: http://sph.rutgers.edu/admissions/docs/NonDegreStudent%20RegForm.pdf