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Accelerated Master's Program: Master of Public Health (MPH)

You can earn a Master in Public Health with three additional semesters of study after you complete your B.S. in Public Health.

This is an alternative to the traditional track that requires tenacity and careful planning, and is the best fit for driven students with clear goals. In addition to taking full course loads each semester, you will take graduate-level courses starting in your fourth year when admitted to the Accelerated Master’s Program.


Here's how it works:

  • When applying to Biola as an undergraduate student, select ‘Public Health (Master’s Track)’ as your major or select this option –– preferably during your first or second year — while in the B.S. in Public Health program.
  • Fulfill the accelerated track “advancement” requirements by the end of your third year.
    • Complete the online application for Biola University’s graduate programs.
    • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
    • Write a statement of purpose and objectives.
    • Interview with an MPH faculty member.


Accelerated Master's Program Credit Requirements

The following is a breakdown of credit requirements for the Accelerated Master’s Program (Master of Public Health). Please note that the minimum credits required for graduation is 150.

B.S. in Public Health

Learning Format Total Core Curriculum Credits Required Total Major Credits Required Total Elective Credits Required
On-campus 54–58 38 12–16


Master of Public Health (MPH)

Learning Format Total Program Credits Required
Online 42


Standard Completion Track

Students who prefer not to enroll in the Accelerated Master’s Program (Master of Public Health), but who desire to complete both the B.S. in Public Health and Master of Public Health, are welcome to complete coursework at a standard pace — applying to the master’s program following a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students should expect to complete both degrees in 5–6 years, depending on the student’s course load.

Please Note: Students who completed their undergraduate degree at Biola and took cross-listed MPH courses could have some of these courses applied towards the 42-credit Master of Public Health. For more information or to determine your eligibility, consult your faculty advisor.