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Admission Requirements

MHA Class Snapshot
Currently 150 students from more than 20 states are enrolled in the MHA program at DMU
Students can complete the degree in 2 years
75% of our students are employed full-time while completing their degree
The majority of students had between 1 – 5 years of professional work experience
Average GPA of entering students is 3.3, while the range is 2.6 – 3.8
Average student age is 30, with a range of 22-44
60% of our students come from Iowa
90% of applicants were admitted to the program
Common undergraduate majors and career backgrounds include: business management, health sciences and nursing

Bachelor’s Degree

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Health Care Administration program at DMU, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Writing and Technical Skills

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

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.


Applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. to be eligible for admission to the MHA at DMU.  For those with degrees completed outside the U.S., please review the information for international students regarding transcript evaluation requirements.

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

Background Check

All admitted students must plan to 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.

State Authorization

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

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