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  Priority Application Date
Fall 2023 June 1
Therafter, rolling admissions as program capacity permits

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Admission requirements

*Applicants may apply with their bachelor's degree in progress.
**Applicants not meeting the  GPA requirement are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact the graduate program advisor for questions at

The GRE is not required. The program is not eligible to admit international students.

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. 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 waiver

  • 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

"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