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International Applicants


The application deadlines for international candidates are the same as for U.S. candidates. We strongly encourage international candidates to start the online application process as soon as possible due to the additional time involved in managing the WES evaluation process.

TOEFL Scores

International applicants are required to take the TOEFL and have their scores submitted directly by ETS to SOPHAS using the code #5688 (SOPHAS in Massachusetts). IELTS test scores will not be accepted.

TOEFL scores are valid for two (2) years after the test date.

This requirement is waived for U.S. permanent residents and applicants for whom English was the language of instruction for their most recent academic degree.

WES Evaluation

Official transcripts from U.S. and Canadian institutions must be sent directly from the institution to SOPHAS.

Official transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). SOPHAS will not accept transcripts from international universities or other agency evaluations (i.e. ECE). It is important to review and follow the country-specific document requirements and arrange for document delivery to WES.

Click here and select “SOPHAS” for more information about the WES evaluation process.

A limited number of discounts toward the cost of the WES course-by-course evaluation for SOPHAS are available. Please click here for specific instructions on how to apply for a discount.

SOPHAS Fee Assistance

Qualifying international applicants may submit a Fee Waiver Request Form to SOPHAS. Click here for additional details and instructions.


International applicants are eligible to receive financial support through the scholarships awarded by the Vanderbilt MPH Program (Goldberger Scholarship and Satcher Scholarship). Applicants who wish to be considered for these scholarships are strongly encouraged to apply in the Priority Round.

International applicants are also eligible for graduate and research assistantships on campus.

Applicants to the Vanderbilt MPH Program are also urged to research and apply for financial support from external funding courses. A list of examples can be found here, located at the bottom of the page under “External Funding Sources.” In addition, click here for examples of scholarships specifically for international students.