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Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted during the application period for the term in which you are seeking admission, with new students admitted following each deadline. Individuals may also enroll in select courses for professional development prior to being fully admitted to the program. You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or plan to complete the requirements for a degree prior to enrollment.

The M.H.A. program at Des Moines University is designed for individuals who are early to mid-level in their careers.  The flexibility of the course schedule is ideal for professionals to balance their coursework and career.  Through the evaluation of required admission materials, our  admission process evenly weighs the following criteria:

  • Academic ability: GPA history
  • Professional experience: resume, letters of recommendation
  • Communication skills: admission essays
  • Professional promise: admission essays, letters of recommendation

Applicants are expected to have strong writing and composition skills, as well as the basic technical computer skills to perform graduate level coursework.

Required M.H.A. application documents

See how to apply for a complete list of requirements:

  • Completed online application and $60 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two Admission Essays
  • One Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume

Applications will also be accepted through HAMPCAS, the centralized application service for programs in health care management.

You may contact the Admission office at DMU directly at for questions regarding the process.

Application timeline

New students are admitted each term.  Please review the calendar below for upcoming application deadlines and term start dates and contact us with any questions.

Term Application Period Begins Priority Deadline Deadline
Summer 2015 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2015 March 1, 2015
Fall 2015 March 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 July 1, 2015

Learn more about the M.H.A. curriculum.

Non-U.S. citizens

To be eligible for admission, you must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission.

Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.

If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

States authorizing DMU online students

Federal law requires institutions of higher education to comply with all state requirements for registration, licensure or authorization to deliver online or distance education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Applicants who reside outside of the State of Iowa are eligible for admission only if Des Moines University has secured formal approval or is exempt from the requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. While DMU is investigating approval in each state, various state requirements and fees may prohibit the University from obtaining full authorization in all states.

At this time, Des Moines University is unable to accept applications for our online programs from applicants who are legal residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia.

DMU endeavors to comply with the requirements established in each state, including the requirement of some states to post explicit notices for applicants and students:

Indiana residents: This institution is authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. See statement of authorization.

Minnesota residents: Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Questions regarding state authorization may be directed to, or your state’s department of higher education.

Accommodations in Education Policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the Accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy

Technology and computer use

Technology is incorporated throughout the program to support your education. It is essential that students possess the computer skills necessary for success in the program as detailed in the technology requirements.

Background checks

All students must complete a criminal background check by the DMU selected vendor prior to enrollment. If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony which results in a conviction, it is your responsibility to immediately inform the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Students are responsible for the cost associated with completing the criminal background check.