Accelerated Degrees

Timeframe to submit your application

You should complete the application in the spring semester of your junior year by the application deadline.

How to apply

Please include your résumé with your application. For each position on the résumé or CV, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service and demonstration of leadership skills. Professional certifications, honors and awards should be included.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to highlight your background, experience, and interests that influenced your decision to apply to the accelerated program. You may also use the personal statement to explain any inconsistencies in other components of the application.

Generally, personal statements of around 500 words are most effective.

Accelerated MPH 

Applicants applying to an accelerated program for the MPH program must include a personal statement containing responses to the following questions in a concise and well-written short answer format.

  • Where did your interest in public health originate?
  • Why are you interested in the Fairbanks School of Public Health?
  • Which MPH concentration are you pursuing and why?
  • What do you think you might be doing professionally five years from now? Please list two possibilities.
  • What do you think are the most pressing public health issues at this time?

The letter(s) of recommendation requested should come from a professional source. The letter should provide an unbiased assessment of your abilities, skills, strengths, and weaknesses.

Examples of acceptable letter writers include: internship supervisors, part-time or full-time job supervisors, or faculty for whom you've served as a teaching assistant or research assistant.

The letter will need to be submitted by the writer to Ms. Cher Pearcy at The letter must be submitted by the application deadline. Applicants will submit the name of the IU Indianapolis faculty member who will serve as their academic reference in their formal application form.

Three letters of recommendation are required for all accelerated programs except for the BSHSM-MHA program. The requirement for the BSHSM-MHA program is listed below.

Accelerated MHA

BSHSM-MHA applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation and list one IU Indianapolis faculty member to serve as an academic reference. You are encouraged to speak with the faculty member you plan to list to request their willingness to serve as a reference ahead of submitting their names and contact information in your application. The faculty member listed will be asked to submit a separate reference form.

After your application is received, you will be contacted regarding the interview process, if applicable.

View the accelerated application form example below before you start your application.

Accelerated application form example

Then tap the button below to start your application.

Accelerated application form