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How to Apply

Below you will find a detailed outline of the steps required to apply for admission to the Master of Healthcare Administration program at Des Moines University. Please review the calendar below for upcoming application deadlines and term start dates.

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

Required documents for M.H.A. application

Submit the online application and pay $60 application fee

Submit a current resume

Prepare two (2) admission essays to address the questions listed below:

  • Admission essay #1

    • What do you bring to the field of health care administration?
    • Why do you want to earn an M.H.A. from DMU, and what do you expect from the program?
    • What is your strategy for meeting the requirements of the program and balancing outside demands?
    • Describe your ideal learning environment.
  • Admission essay #2
    • Describe a challenging situation you’ve encountered, how you handled it and what you learned from the experience.

One Letter of Recommendation

Plan to request a letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting, and your leadership potential. The letter of recommendation can be uploaded directly to DMU at

Official Transcripts

Request official transcripts from all institutions where you have enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework (including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, etc.). Credits appearing on another institution’s transcript as transfer credit are not considered complete – you must have official transcripts submitted from the original institution where coursework was completed. If your degree was completed outside the U.S., please review additional requirements below under “International Students”. Please plan to submit an evaluation for U.S. equivalency and TOEFL scores.

Application materials may be submitted to DMU at:

DMU – MHA Admission

3200 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50312


Phone: 515-271-1538

Fax: 515-271-7083

Apply online

Admission review

Applications are accepted only during the application period for the term in which you are seeking admission; however, files are only reviewed following posted deadlines. All communication is provided via email. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure delivery and receipt of all required application documents prior to the application deadline. You are welcome to submit your application materials at anytime during the application period; however, the admission committee does not review files or make decisions off-cycle.

Admission decisions

Following the posted deadlines, all completed files will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of a decision within 3 weeks of the deadline. If admitted, a non-refundable $250.00 tuition seat deposit is required, securing a seat in the program. Deposits are used to establish student tuition accounts and are credited toward the cost of tuition for the first term.

All students admitted to DMU are also subject to completion of a criminal background check through a preferred vendor.  Students are responsible for the cost associated with completing the criminal background check.  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.

Details regarding these requirements will be delivered at the time of acceptance. Newly accepted students will also receive additional information regarding course registration, faculty advisors and financial aid.

Professional development courses

Individuals may be eligible to enroll in select courses for professional development. Credit completed as professional development may be considered for degree requirements.

Transfer credit

Students with previously earned graduate credit may apply for transfer of up to 12 semester hours of coursework. Transfer coursework is subject to approval of the Dean and/or Program Director, and will only be reviewed if it was completed within the past 4 years at a grade of B or better. Students must apply for transfer credit within one term of enrolling in a master’s degree at DMU. Requests for transfer credit will only be processed once an applicant is admitted to the degree program.

International students

To be eligible for admission, you must be either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. Applicants in Permanent Resident “pending” status are not eligible for admission. If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

If you are a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident with a degree from a non-U.S. institution, additional documentation is required for admission consideration:

      1. Foreign transcript evaluation
        Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services, and an official copy must be sent from the service directly to Des Moines University. A course-by-course evaluation is required and your application will not be complete or verified until this is received. ECFMG certification does not waive this requirement. Evaluations are accepted from the following services only:

      2. Applicants with degrees completed in languages other than English must submit TOEFL scores to be considered for admission. Required minimum score of:  Paper exam = 600, computer exam = 250, internet exam = 100.  Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL requirement if they can submit documentation from their institution’s registrar verifying the primary language of course delivery was English. Results from the IELTS or USMLE are not accepted in lieu of TOEFL. ECFMG certification does not waive this requirement.

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.

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