Bachelor's Degree

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Health Care Administration program at DMU, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution from within the United States or equivalent evaluation from a DMU approved international evaluation service.  A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred, though all applications will receive a thorough review.

Writing and Technical Skills

Applicants are expected to have strong writing and composition skills, as well as the basic technical computer skills to perform graduate level coursework.

Technology is incorporated throughout the program to support your education. It is essential that students possess the computer skills necessary for success in the program as detailed in the technology requirements.


For admission requirements for Non-U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or those with degrees completed outside the U.S., please review the information for international students.

Background Check

All accepted students must complete a criminal background check, which may include a drug screen, through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the student. Students are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check. DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks, which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.

States Authorizing DMU Online Programs

Institutions of higher education are obligated to comply with all state requirements for registration, licensure or authorization to deliver online or distance education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Applicants who reside outside of the State of Iowa are eligible for admission only if Des Moines University has secured formal approval or is exempt from the requirements in the applicant’s state of residence.   

Learn more about state authorization and view the list of ineligible states. 

Technical Standards

Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information.

Accommodations in Education

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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