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BA-MPH FAQ

What is the BA-MPH dual degree program?

Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the College of Global Public Health (CGPH) offer a dual-degree program that enables students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Individualized Study and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Social and Behavioral Health, Global Health, Epidemiology, Community and International Health, or Public Health Nutrition. Students enter the program while enrolled as undergraduates in Gallatin and may complete up to 18 of the 46 credits required for the MPH while they are still undergraduates. 

How many credits will it take to complete both degrees?

Taken separately, a student would need to complete 174 credits to earn both degrees in four years of study at Gallatin and two years of study at the College of Global Public Health. The BA-MPH dual degree allows a Gallatin student to complete both degrees in as few as 159 credits. Gallatin students accelerate their progress toward the MPH by earning 15 credits toward the MPH  as part of their Gallatin program and BA. Through the BA-MPH dual degree, a Gallatin student could complete both degrees in as few as five years of study.

What would a timeline to complete the dual degree look like?

Students who wish to participate in the BA-MPH program must apply by the end of their sophomore year at Gallatin in order to be eligible to begin taking courses in junior year. For more details, and how this breaks down according to different plans within the MPH program, see the timeline tables.  

The application is due in sophomore year, but I am transferring into Gallatin as a junior. Can I still apply?

If you are currently in your sophomore year, either at another program within NYU or at another institution, contact Cyd Cipolla directly to discuss whether this program is right for you. If you have already begun your junior year at Gallatin and have not yet taken any courses in the College of Global Public Health, note that it is likely not possible for you to finish the BA-MPH in five years. However, you are still eligible to take CGPH courses and to apply to the MPH program on your own.

Are there courses you recommend I take to help me decide whether I want to pursue the dual degree?

Freshmen and sophomores should consider taking courses in social sciences, such as sociology and anthropology, and courses that emphasize quantitative or qualitative research skills, such as statistics or psychology courses. They should also consider courses that will expose them to the interdisciplinary study of health and medicine, such as courses in medical anthropology, bioethics, nutrition, philosophy of medicine or global health.

If I take graduate courses at the College of Global Public Health before I have been accepted into the BA-MPH dual degree, will they be counted towards the degree?

Yes - provided you earn a grade of C or better. However, students are advised to apply for the dual degree before beginning the core sequence. All eligible courses taken by a dual degree candidate can be counted towards the MPH degree after the candidate is successfully admitted to CGPH, regardless of when during the undergraduate career they were taken.  

Will financial aid from Gallatin carry over past completion of the BA degree?

No. You must apply for financial aid for the MPH degree separately.  You must submit your FAFSA form and contact NYU's Office of Financial Aid to discuss loans and other forms of government and private financial aid. You can view more information, including scholarship information, on the College of Global Public Health financial aid website.  

College of Global Public Health MPH Program

Which MPH concentrations are available for Gallatin BA-MPH dual-degree students?

The following MPH concentrations are available for Gallatin BA-MPH dual-degree students:

Social and Behavioral Health

Epidemiology

Global Health

Community and International Health

Public Health Nutrition

Are there prerequisites for admission to the BA-MPH dual -degree program?

For admission to the BA-MPH dual degree, all students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and have completed a pre-calculus course (or equivalent) with a grade of "B" or better.

How many MPH courses can I take in my undergraduate program?

The dual degree will not allow for more than 15 credits or five courses to count toward both the BA degree and the MPH degree. Credits in excess of this amount taken in the undergraduate program will count towards either the MPH or the BA, but not both. Note, however, that most MPH concentrations require that a student take 6 core courses while finishing their BA program in order to finish both degrees in five years. See the timeline tables for more information.

Can I complete fewer than five MPH Required Core Courses in my undergraduate program?

In order to complete both degrees in five years you must follow the timeline for your intended MPH concentration. If you do not, you will delay the time it takes to complete the MPH.   

May I apply to this program in my first semester of transfer to Gallatin?

Yes - although you should be sure to discuss your plan with your assigned faculty adviser in your first meeting with him or her at the start of the semester. Be aware that it is not possible to get the BA and the MPH in five years without taking all of the required courses during your undergraduate program, and so transfer students must be sure to plan carefully to allow for enough time to complete both these courses and all of the Gallatin degree requirements. Junior transfers should contact the Gallatin Office of Advising to discuss whether it is possible to apply to the Dual Degree program.

Applying to the Dual Degree Program

I'm ready to apply to the BA-MPH program. What is next?

1. Interested students should contact Cyd Cipolla, Gallatin Sophomore Class Adviser, to investigate the specifics of the program and to make sure this is the correct program for them.

2. All students should discuss their plan to participate in the dual degree with their Gallatin faculty adviser.

3. In the second semester of the sophomore year, students should complete the Gallatin-GPH BA-MPH Dual Degree Application, which includes a one-page Statement of Purpose, and which also requires the faculty adviser's approval.  

What are the eligibility requirements for the BA-MPH dual degree program?

  • You must have completed a minimum of 44 credits toward the BA.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 with no outstanding incomplete grades.
  • Prior to applying for the dual degree, students must have completed a pre-calculus course (or equivalent) with a grade of "B" or better.
  • Prior to applying for the dual degree, students must meet with an adviser in the College of Global Public health.
  • You must have a grade of "C" or better in any College of Global Public Health MPH core courses already completed.
  • You must write a one-page (single-spaced) Statement of Purpose, describing your interest in the BA-MPH dual degree and how you see this program fitting with your overall academic and career goals.

What is the deadline for submitting the Gallatin-GPH BA-MPH Dual Degree Application?

February 15th. Off-sequence students (those who are in second semester of sophomore year during the fall) should contact Cyd Cipolla directly if they want to inquire about Fall admission.

Applying to the College of Global Public Health MPH Program

If I participate in the BA-MPH dual degree as a Gallatin student, am I guaranteed admission to the GPH MPH degree?

Students admitted to the dual degree program must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the time of admission.  To be admitted to the MPH program, students must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the Gallatin program, and must earn grades of C or higher in all the MPH graduate courses to receive credit toward the MPH. If either standard is not met, the student would be subject to extra review and may be dismissed from the dual-degree program, but would be able to earn the BA upon completion of the requirements for that degree.

I still have questions. Where can I get more information?

Cyd Cipolla, Sophomore Class Adviser, Gallatin

Julie Avina, Associate Dean, Student and Alumni Affairs, College of Global Public Health

Donald Brown, Assistant Director, Student and Alumni Affairs, College of Global Public Health