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 Offered

Additional courses beyond those outlined above may be considered; review and approval by the applicable program director is 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.
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  2. Brief personal statement
    Describing why you wish to pursue professional development 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 bachelor's degree was not completed within the U.S., you must plan to submit a degree equivalency evaluation through WES.

Send all required documentation to:

Des Moines University - Professional Development Admissions
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-271-1499

Please Note:

  • Professional development coursework at DMU may be good preparation for future degree programs but does not guarantee admission to DMU degree programs. 
  • If admitted to a degree program, a maximum number of semester hours of credit completed as professional development credit may be applied toward completion of a DMU degree (12 for M.H.A. or M.P.H.).
  • Individuals must apply for approval as a professional development student and standard tuition rate, fees, and policies apply.
  • Professional development 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 professional development process.

After Approval

Following submission of all required documentation, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified within several weeks of the decision. If an applicant is approved for registration as a professional development student, 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.
  • 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 professional development coursework at DMU by emailing or call 515-271-1499.

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