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Admission Requirements

Items to consider prior to applying for admission include:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is encouraged, though all applications will be reviewed.
  • Experience in the field of public health is beneficial.

Applications are accepted online and new students are admitted each fall, spring and summer for enrollment to pursue the Master’s of Public Health degree. Individuals may also consider applying to enroll in select courses for professional development.

View the How to Apply section for details regarding requirements

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

Permanent residents

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.

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

Non U.S. citizens

All courses in the master of public health program are offered online, therefore, international students applying for admission to these programs are eligible for online study only.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should review the information for international students.

States authorizing DMU online programs

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 a key component of the curriculum in both on-campus and online learning. All coursework is delivered through an online learning management system and applicants should be prepared for a significant amount of computer based coursework. Applicants should be familiar with the technology requirements.

Background checks

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.