FAQs for International Students

  1. I am an international applicant. Should I use SOPHAS or is it only for U.S. and Canadian applicants?
  2. SOPHAS is for both U.S./Canadian applicants and international applicants.

  3. How much will it cost to apply through the SOPHAS and how do I pay?
  4. The fee structure for SOPHAS is:
    one designation $120.00
    Two designations $165.00
    Three designations $210.00
    Four designations $255.00
    Five designations $300.00

    Each additional designation above five is an additional $45.00.

    At the time you e-submit, you can submit credit card information or money order payable in U.S. funds to "SOPHAS." If you will be mailing your payment, a payment form will be generated for you when you e-submit your application to mail with your remittance.

  5. Is there a fee waiver program?
  6. Yes, however fee waivers are issued on a first come, first served basis. International applicants who currently reside in specific countries of citizenship and demonstrate financial need can apply for a fee waiver. A request must be made prior to e-submitting your application. If approved, the fee for the first designation is waived. Any additional payment owed (for additional designations) must be made in the form of a money order or international bank draft and must be received by SOPHAS prior to final approval. Please note, there may be a slight delay in processing your application pending the review of the fee waiver request. Applicants who are required to have their academic credentials evaluated by WES also may be eligible for a WES discount program. Please see the “Fee waiver” section of the FAQ within the application. Detailed instructions on applying for a fee waiver can be found in the FAQ found within the SOPHAS application at: https://portal.sophas.org/

  7. What documents do I need to send to SOPHAS?
  8. SOPHAS WILL ONLY ACCEPT EVALUATIONS OBTAINED FROM WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES (WES ICAP). If your public health school or program requires a WES evaluation, you may submit it to SOPHAS. If your public health school or program requires a different foreign evaluation service or other credentials, THESE MUST BE SENT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOL or PROGRAM DIRECTLY AND NOT TO SOPHAS. SOPHAS cannot accept any documents other than the WES ICAP evaluation.

  9. What is the best case format for my information to be entered?
  10. Enter all information in mixed case. Do not enter your information in all upper-case or all lower-case letters.

  11. Which tests do I need to take and where do I send my scores?
  12. The requirements of each institution may vary. We suggest you research the institutions' websites to determine which tests you need to take before applying to a institution. You can also review the "View Degrees and Ares of Study" found on the institutions' profiles at:

    For some tests, you will be able to use SOPHAS as a designation when you take a standardized test. Below is a current list of tests that will send scores directly to SOPHAS. (Applicants are reminded that institutions have varying test requirements so please make sure you look at the specific application instructions for each institution prior to applying.)

    Request the Testing Agency to send these scores directly to SOPHAS:

    Request the these scores to be sent directly to the individual institutions:
    • GMAT - Individual Institution Code - www.mba.com
    • LSAT - Individual Institution Code - www.lsac.org
    • PCAT - Individual Institution Code - www.pcatweb.info
    • DAT - Individual Institution Code - www.ada.org
    • GRE – Individual Institution Code - www.gre.com (You should use a special public health school or program-specific SOPHAS GRE code. Please see the full SOPHAS instructions at https://portal.sophas.org/ to find this list of codes.)
    • IELTS – individual Institution Code

  13. My marksheets do not convert to the U.S. system. Do I have to enter the coursework section?
  14. No, applicants who attended universities outside of the U.S. or Canada do not need to fill out the detailed coursework section found in "Academic History." However, you must list all universities and colleges that you attended, the dates of attendance, and degrees earned in the "Institutions Attended" section.

  15. What if my university is not listed?
  16. This is not intended to be a complete list. If you do not see your institution in the list, check to see if it may be listed under an alternate name. Otherwise, please select either "Not-Listed US/Canadian Institution or Not-Listed Foreign Institution." SOPHAS will update the list periodically to add any missing universities and colleges.

  17. What if I have a question?
  18. Please feel free to contact the SOPHAS customer service staff at:
    Email: sophasinfo@sophas.org Tel: (617) 612-2090 Fax: (617) 612-2092

  19. Is it ok to have someone help me with writing my statement of purpose and objectives?
  20. It is fine to have a trusted colleague, friend or family member REVIEW your statement of purpose and objectives in order to critique it for style and grammar. However, your statement should be original and in your own words. Institutions look unfavorably on plagiarism in application materials, including your statement of purpose and objectives/personal essay. Plagiarism of your statement of purpose and objectives may be reason for non-review of your application or academic dismissal.

  21. What is plagiarism?

  22. Plagiarism is representing the words or ideas of someone else as one's own in any academic exercise, such as:

    1. Submitting as one's own a paper written by another person or by a commercial 'ghost writing' service,
    2. Exactly reproducing someone else's words without identifying the words with quotation marks or by appropriate indentation, or without properly citing the quotation in a footnote or reference.
    3. Paraphrasing or summarizing someone else's work without acknowledging the source with a footnote or reference.
    4. Using facts, data, graphs, charts, or other information without acknowledging the source with a footnote or reference.

    When in doubt, footnotes or references should be used. For more information about plagiarism, please see: http://www.plagiarism.org/


Helpful hint:
Applicants are requested not to send any documentation that is extraneous to the application including, but not limited to: thesis, dissertation proposals, articles, publications, and pre-secondary or secondary transcripts, SOPHAS will not forward extraneous documentation to any designated institutions. Providing extra documentation may delay delivery of your application to designated institutions.

For general frequently asked questions, please see: