International students applying for admission Des Moines University are eligible for online study only; therefore qualified international students may be considered for admission to only the Master of Public Health program.

To be considered for any other program of study at DMU, you must be either a U.S. Citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident.

Permanent Legal U.S. residents

Permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible for admission to any DMU program.  Permanent residents will apply through the standard application process. If admitted to DMU, a notarized copy of your permanent resident card (green card) will be required as part of your conditions of enrollment. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide appropriate documentation with valid expiration date which covers the duration of your degree program.

Note: Applicants with permanent residency status “pending” are not eligible for admission.

Transcripts for Degrees Earned Outside the U.S.

If applying through a centralized application service, or CAS, please follow the instructions provided by the CAS regarding transcript or evaluation submission.

If applying directly to Des Moines University for a degree program, applicants with degrees earned outside the U.S. should plan fulfill all standard application requirements, and additionally are required to submit a course-by-course Foreign Transcript Evaluation per one of the services listed below:

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of these  evaluation services and an official copy must be sent from the service directly to Des Moines University. Your application will not be complete and cannot be verified without an official course-by-course evaluation. ECFMG certification does not waive this requirement.


Applicants with degrees completed in languages other than English must submit TOEFL scores to be considered for admission. 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.

If you have questions about DMU’s international student policy, please email or call 515-271-7498.