Non-Degree Courses

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In an effort to expand educational opportunities to our local and global community, individuals may apply to enroll in select coursework without being admitted into a degree program. These courses may be beneficial for individuals to expand their knowledge in a certain subject matter, or serve as preparation for a graduate program.

Courses and Graduate Certificates

Additional courses beyond those outlined above may be considered; review and approval by the applicable program director are required prior to enrollment.

How to Apply

Plan to submit the following application materials at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course, contact admissions for start term options.

  1. Online application and $60 application fee
    Select "non-degree" as your program option. Within the application, you will be able to select the course or certificate you intend to pursue.
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  2. Brief personal statement
    Describing why you wish to pursue non-degree coursework at DMU.
  3. Official transcripts and/or proof of degree 
    • College of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Care Administration, Public Health Courses:
      Proof of bachelor's degree is required. If a bachelor's degree was not completed within the U.S., you must plan to submit a degree equivalency evaluation through WES.
  4. Current DMU students do not need to resubmit official transcripts already on file at DMU.

Send all required documentation to:

Des Moines University
8025 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-271-1499

Please Note:

  • Non-degree coursework at DMU may be good preparation for future degree programs but does not guarantee admission to DMU degree programs. 
  • Future applicants to degree programs within the Department of Public Health may apply directly to DMU. Graduate Certificate students may apply all certificate credits to the MHA or MPH programs (when the degree program is associated with the completed certificate) if the student received a B- or higher and the course was taken within four (4) years.
  • Standard tuition rates, fees, and policies apply. DMU students currently in the D.O., D.P.M., D.P.T. or the PA program, who are in good academic standing and are registered in M.H.A. and M.P.H. courses as non-degree seeking students receive a 25% tuition discount on up to 12 semester hours of non-degree credit.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.
  • Students previously dismissed from an academic program at Des Moines University are ineligible to take coursework associated with the program from which they were dismissed through the non-degree process.

After Approval

Following submission of all required documentation, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified within several days of the decision. If an applicant is approved for course registration as a non-degree student or accepted to a graduate certificate program, the following steps are required to complete the process:

  • Submit a $250.00 tuition seat deposit to secure your seat, which will be credited toward your tuition in your first course.
  • Student will receive access to DMU email, learning management, and library systems through Pulse, our intranet system.
  • Registration will be processed through Pulse during a designated registration period.


Please contact the Admissions Office with questions on how to get started with non-degree coursework or a graduate certificate at DMU by emailing or call 515-271-1499.

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