Master of Science in Community Health and Social Justice


The Master of Science in Community Health and Social Justice seeks a talented and diverse student body that embodies a wide range of identities and experiences.

Entry Quarter  Application Deadline
Fall 2023 Extended to July 17
Always check back as deadine may extend as space permits

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Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the Graduate School's minimum admission requirements. In summary;

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent from outside the U.S*
  • At least a 3.0 grade-point-average on a 4 point scale (or equivalent measures of performance if a graduate of an institution with no grading system) for those credits earned at the institution awarding the bachelor’s degree OR at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. **
  • Proficiency in English. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate  English proficiency (see policy 3.2).

*Applicants may apply with their bachelor's degree in progress.
**Programs can petition the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements under alternate admission standards. Contact the graduate program advisor for questions at and review the Alternates Standards (3.1.2)

The GRE is not required. The program is not eligible to admit international students with an F1 student visa. 

Application materials

  • UW Graduate School application
  • Unoffiical transcript(s) from all prior educational institutions
  • Statement of purpose 

Statement of purpose instructions

For your statement of purpose, please answer both prompts in your own words. The answer to each prompt should be a maximum of 500 words (double spaced). 

For reference when preparing to compose your statement of purpose, you can review the program's definition of Social Justice, how community health and social justice are related and how we promote the two with examples. Additionally, the program learning objectives are available to review.

  1. How do your past experiences (academic, professional, and/or personal) connect with our program learning objectives and emphasize your commitment to social justice and community health? 
  2. Share a social justice perspective you bring or wish to learn from the program to help us understand you better; perhaps related to a community you belong to, your family or your cultural background. 

Application fee assistance

  • UW Bothell Health Studies students and alumni: The School of Nursing and Health Studies seeks to reduce financial barriers for applicants to our graduate programs. UW Bothell Health Studies students and alumni are eligible to have the graduate application pre-paid as funding permits. Email the graduate program advisor prior to submitting the application to request the application be pre-paid. Reimbursement of the application fee is not an option.  Graduate Program Advisor: Celinda Smith,

  • Need based: Applicants who have financial need and those who participate in the McNairs Scholars or PPIA Fellows programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver from the UW Graduate School. See the UW Graduate School fee waiver policy and application

International applicants

At this time, applicants holding an F-1 or J1 visa are not eligible to enroll in this program.

"We work together to center community and to build power for health justice and racial equity so that communities can thrive. Join us!"
Nora Kenworthy, PhD (she/her)
Associate Professor