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Accelerated Master's Degree Program

Spelman College has partnered with the University of Michigan School of Public Health to offer an accelerated master’s degree program to students at Spelman College. University of Michigan undergraduate students are also eligible to apply for this program.

This program provides an accelerated path to a Master of Science degree in three Michigan Public Health Programs: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences. Students who complete and graduate from this program will receive a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

In recent years, interest in a public health education has grown, and at the same time, the need for public health leaders is now more important than ever. This program was created to help support a diverse, highly skilled public health workforce that broadly reflects the communities it serves. 

Who Should Consider the Accelerated Master's Degree Program?

Whether you come from a science, math, business, health or social science background, public health can be a great fit for your interests and aspirations. Students who complete our accelerated program will have opportunities to pursue careers in one of three areas: biostatistics, environmental health sciences or nutritional sciences.

Understanding the Accelerated Master’s Degree Experience

This accelerated program is designed for students to receive a bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree after a combined five years of study.

This overall program experience involves two phases. Students must complete the criteria outlined in Phase 1 and apply to the accelerated master’s degree program before being accepted into Phase 2.

Program Details

Application Requirements and Where to Begin

Applicants should have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.3 (4.0 point scale).
Applications consist of the following requirements:

  • Statements of interest and qualifications;
  • Current resume;
  • Three academic letters of recommendation, including at least two letters of recommendation from the student’s undergraduate institution;
  • Official transcripts submitted directly from previous institutions attended.

Students who are interested in this program should begin by emailing for more information about the program and application process.


At Michigan Public Health, one of our priorities is to ensure our students have access to a world-class, affordable education. Our school provides over $11 million in scholarships and tuition assistance to enrolled students each year and we continually strive to increase the support available to our students. Significant merit and need-based aid is available for students who qualify and all enrolled students are strongly considered for scholarship funding.


If you have questions about this program, you are encouraged to reach out to at Spelman College or at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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