The University Scholars Program offers particularly gifted and highly motivated students the opportunity of integrating their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a baccalaureate and a master's or doctoral degree. The total number of hours for the combined program may be as many as 12 less than the total required for the bachelor's and the master's or doctoral degrees separately. The requirements for the bachelor's degree are unaffected. Application to the program should be submitted at the end of the student's junior year. Applicants should have completed at least 90 credit hours of work toward the bachelor's degree, or be eligible for senior standing in the semester they are admitted to the program. The master's program should be in the field of the undergraduate major (there are some exceptions made), and the undergraduate grade point average must be at least a 3.50 in the applicant's major field and 3.20 overall. Students should submit the University Scholars Program form, GRE scores and an online application to the Graduate School in their junior year.

Overview of Accelerated BPH / MPH Program

The College of Public Health offers an Accelerate Bachelor of Public Health (BPH)/ Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program, which provides high achieving students an opportunity to complete both the BPH and MPH degrees in five, rather than six, years. This program aligns with the University of Kentucky’s guidelines for a University Scholars Program. Students admitted to the Accelerated BPH/MPH Degree Program will have the opportunity to complete twelve hours of their MPH required coursework during their final year of undergraduate study.  The tuition cost for these hours will be set at the student’s current undergraduate tuition rate.  Tuition during the final year of study will be based on the University of Kentucky’s graduate tuition rate.

Completion of this program will prepare students for careers in government public health, non-profit organizations, environmental or emergency preparedness organizations, or many other public health related fields. Graduates will also be well positioned for admission into professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and law.


Students will apply to the Accelerated BPH/MPH Degree Program during the open registration window for the UK MPH program during their junior year.  This window typically opens in mid-August and is available until March 15 for international students and April 1 for domestic students.  Students wishing to apply for the program must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Admission to BPH program
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  3. Major GPA of 3.5 or higher
  4. Completion of the GRE with competitive scores

Students meeting the above criteria are eligible to apply for the Accelerated BPH/MPH Degree Program. Follow these steps to complete your application:

Applications are due to SOPHAS by April 1

When applying you will need to submit:

  • A personal statement,
  • Official GRE, GMAT or MCAT scores, *
  • Official TOEFL scores (for international students from non-native English-speaking countries),
  • Transcript(s) for all prior graduate or undergraduate education, **
  • Contact information for 3 recommenders, and
  • A resume or CV.

* Test requirements are waived for applicants who have earned from an accredited US institution any of the following degrees: PhD, MD, DMD, DDS, PharmD, DVM, DO, DNP or DSc.
** International (non-US) transcripts must be evaluated by WES.


University of Kentucky Graduate School

You will also need to apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. The deadline is March 15 for international students, at least one month before starting classes for domestic (US) students.

All information received from your SOPHAS application is sent to the Graduate School by the College of Public Health. When completing your application for the Graduate School, you can upload the documents you used for your SOPHAS application, or you can submit blank sheets of paper.

For more information, please contact the College at or 859.218.2096.

UK Graduate School