The Master of Health Care Administration program accepts applications directly through Des Moines University, through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS), or through the Healthcare Administration, Management & Policy Centralized Application Service (HAMPCAS). It is your choice to determine which application may be best suited to your situation. Applications are reviewed once they are complete and /or verified, and students may start the program at the beginning of the next available term (spring, summer, or fall).

Individuals may also consider applying to enroll in select courses for professional development.

 

DMU Direct Application Process

Applicants may apply to the MHA program directly through DMU here. Additional application documents will need to be sent directly to DMU.

Please direct application documents to the MHA Admissions Office at:
DMU - MHA Admissions
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Email: mhaadmit@dmu.edu

In addition to the online application, you must submit:

Official transcripts
Official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees. Official transcripts sent by the institution's Registrar's office must be submitted directly to Des Moines University. For those with degrees completed outside the U.S., please review the information for international students regarding transcript evaluation requirements.
Evaluations/references
A minimum of three references. Evaluations may come from an employer, supervisor, academic advisor, professor or mentor. Evaluations must be on business letterhead and come directly from the letter writer, and should address the following:

  • Academic background
  • Experience in leadership
  • Future career goals
  • Commitment to service and the industry
  • Qualities which make you a strong candidate
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
The Statement of Purpose and Objectives should address the following and may be uploaded to your application prior to submission or sent separately to the MHA Admissions Office by email.

  1. Why do you want to pursue your MHA at Des Moines University?
  2. Discuss the most challenging issue facing the U.S. healthcare system today, and explain what contributions you hope to make with your MHA degree.
  3. How will the MHA degree build upon your previous academic, professional, or clinical experiences toward the attainment of your professional career goals?
  4. Describe any unusual obstacles or hardships you have encountered, and explain how these experiences have shaped your professional growth and leadership potential.

This may be uploaded to your application prior to the submission or sent separately to the MHA Admissions Office by email.

Resume/CV
Applicants must compose a professional resume or CV. This may be uploaded to your application prior to submission or sent separately to the MHA Admissions Office by email.
TOEFL requirement
Applicants who completed degrees in languages other than English must submit TOEFL scores to be considered for admission. Please use the TOEFL code 6847 to have scores submitted directly to Des Moines University.

SOPHAS  & HAMPCAS Application Process

Applicants may also apply through SOPHAS  or HAMPCAS.

All supporting documents may be submitted through SOPHAS or HAMPCAS. As transcripts and test scores may take several weeks to process by SOPHAS or HAMPCAS, it is strongly recommended that you begin your application well in  advance of your desired start term.

In addition to the online application, you must submit:

Official transcripts
Official transcripts showing all previous undergraduate and graduate work with grades and degrees. Transcripts must be submitted directly to SOPHAS. For those with degrees completed outside the U.S., please review the information for international students regarding transcript evaluation requirements.
Evaluations/references
Contact information for a minimum of three references. Evaluations may come from an employer, supervisor, academic advisor, professor or mentor and address the following:

  • Academic background
  • Experience in leadership
  • Future career goals
  • Commitment to service and the industry
  • Qualities which make you a strong candidate
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
The Statement of Purpose and Objectives should address the following:

  1. Why do you want to pursue your MHA at Des Moines University?
  2. Discuss the most challenging issue facing the U.S. health care system today, and explain what contributions you hope to make and with your MHA degree.
  3. How will the MHA degree build upon your previous academic, professional, or clinical experiences toward the attainment of your professional career goals?
  4. Describe any unusual obstacles or hardships you have encountered, and explain how these experiences have shaped your professional growth and leadership potential?
Resume/CV
Applicants must compose a professional resume or CV and upload to the SOPHAS application.
TOEFL requirement
Applicants with degrees completed in languages other than English must submit TOEFL scores to be considered for admission. Please use the TOEFL code 5688 when completing your application. TOEFL scores will then automatically be included in the SOPHAS application.

Each application is reviewed by our admissions committee. The committee reviews applications for evidence of the applicant’s intent and purpose in pursuing the degree, work/volunteer/leadership experience and past academic performance.

If you have any questions, contact:

DMU - MHA Admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Email:  mhaadmit@dmu.edu
Phone: 515-271-1499
Fax: 515-271-7083

Transfer Credit

Students with previously earned graduate credit may apply for transfer of up to 12 semester hours of coursework. Transfer coursework is subject to approval of the Dean and/or Program Director, and will only be reviewed if it was completed within the past 4 years at a grade of B or better. Students must apply for transfer credit within one term of enrolling in a master's degree at DMU. Requests for transfer credit will only be processed once an applicant is admitted to the degree program.

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

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