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How to Apply

Applicants should apply online and submit all required materials to complete their file.  All completed applications will be reviewed following each posted deadline, and new students are admitted each fall, spring and summer to MHA.

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


Term Application Period Begins Priority Deadline Deadline
Fall 2015 March 1, 2015 June 1, 2015 July 1, 2015
Spring 2016 July 1, 2014 October 1, 2015 November 1, 2015
Summer 2016 November 1, 2014 February 1, 2016 March 1, 2016/td>

Application Process

Before applying please thoroughly review the admission requirements and admission criteria.

To begin your application for admission to the Master of Health Care Administration program at DMU, please plan to submit the following:

Online application and $60 application fee
Admission Essay #1 to address each of the following:

  • What do you bring to the field of health care administration?
  • Why do you want to earn your MHA from DMU; what do you expect from the program?
  • What is your strategy for meeting program course requirements and balancing outside demands?
  • Please describe your ideal learning environment.
Admission Essay #2 to address each of the following:

  • Describe a challenging situation you’ve encountered, how you handled it and what you learned from the experience.
One letter of recommendation – preferably from an employer to address the following:

  • Length and details regarding employment
  • Qualities which make you a strong candidate for DMU’s MHA program
  • Future career goals and leadership potential

Letters may be uploaded directly to DMU at

Official transcripts
Request official transcripts from all institutions where you have enrolled in undergraduate or graduate coursework (including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, graduate schools, etc.) Credits appearing on another institution’s transcript as transfer credit are not considered complete – you must have official transcripts submitted from the original institution where coursework was completed.If your degree was completed outside the U.S., please review additional requirements regarding International Students.

Start Your Online Application

Admissions Notifications

Once all materials are received, the Admissions Office will confirm via email. The DMU-MHA Faculty meet following each admission deadline to review files completed for that term. Applicants will be notified of their admission decision within several weeks of the deadline. New students are admitted each fall, spring and summer.

Application materials may be submitted directly to DMU at:

DMU – MHA Admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-271-1538
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.

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