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Frequently Asked Questions

View additional information in our online MHA brochure 

Also see frequently asked questions for online classes.

How do I begin my M.H.A. degree at DMU?

Apply today! Applications are accepted throughout the year, new students are admitted following application deadlines for each fall, spring and summer term.

What are Professional Development courses?

Individuals interested in enrolling in select professional development courses are encouraged to apply throughout the year. Applications are “approved” on a rolling basis for the applicant to begin taking courses right away in the next term. Registration and/or completion of a professional development course does not guarantee admission to a degree program at DMU. We encourage you to contact Admissions for more information.

How will earning the M.H.A. degree benefit my career?

An M.H.A from DMU provides opportunity! The entry-level requirement for many careers is becoming a master’s degree, so position yourself wisely in your career path with a graduate degree in health care administration.  Management positions in every industry (not just health care) require strong leadership skills which you will develop through DMU’s MHA degree.  Many of our students currently work in health care, business, insurance, finance or management, but they desire to advance into higher level management positions-the M.H.A. degree will position you for this advancement opportunity.  For students with limited health care experience, or those looking to transition their career into health care, an M.H.A. degree can supplement their academic and professional experience by providing an introduction to health care delivery system and an opportunity to fine tune their business and leadership skills.

View additional information in our online MHA brochure 

Is the M.H.A. program at DMU right for me?

The M.H.A. program at DMU provides a blend of on-campus executive residencies and web-based instruction to offer the best of both worlds:  face-to-face and technology driven curriculum proven to optimize learning outcomes.  Students are able to apply what they learn immediately and gain confidence in their ability to lead.

DMU’s M.H.A. program prepares students to lead their organizations and to meet the needs of their communities. The program’s real‐world curriculum and interaction among students and faculty equip individuals to become leaders in all industries. Financial pressures, policies and regulation, system complexities and the enduring need for effective, accessible health care all add up to great demand and opportunity for these leaders.

If your career goals include leadership or management, DMU’s M.H.A. degree may be a great option for you to advance your career. For those currently employed or planning a career in the health care industry (hospital, health system, clinic, long-term care facility, insurance company, etc.) the M.H.A. is the right choice for your career.

Is it required that I have experience working in health care prior to applying?

No. Students enroll in the MHA program from a variety of backgrounds. All professional experience will be reviewed within the application process, but is not required that students come from a background in health care. We value students from varied backgrounds coming together to expand their knowledge.

Is the M.H.A. degree available entirely online?

The degree is structured in a blended format with on-campus executive residencies and web-based instruction.  Students will attend 3 executive residencies on our campus, each scheduled in 5 day sessions. Of the 48 semester hours total required for completion, 13 are completed through executive residencies while the remaining are offered online.  This structure provides maximum flexibility for working professionals, as well on highly interactive on-campus components.

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How is the Executive Residency structured?

Students will spend a total of 15 days on DMU’s campus while working toward completion of their M.H.A. degree. The residencies are held each January and September, and are scheduled to run from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning. The majority of our students are employed, and we realize attending the residencies comes at a cost to your professional and personal lives.  This schedule was developed to maximize your time on campus, while minimizing your time away from work.

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Is DMU’s M.H.A. program CAHME accredited?

As of October 2013, DMU MHA has been approved for candidate status by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The 2013-2014 academic year will serve as a self-study year as part of the process to achieve full accreditation for the M.H.A. program, with site visits occurring in 2015.

What is the minimum GPA for admission?

We suggest a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 for best consideration. Our average GPA of recently admitted students was approximately 3.30, while the range was 2.60 – 3.80.

What if I don’t have a 3.0 GPA, will I be considered for admission?

The program recommends a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for best consideration for our program. Applicants with below 3.0 GPAs are encouraged to apply and in doing so, highlight the strengths of their individual application file based on the criteria detailed on the Admissions Criteria page.  Each individual application is reviewed for the student’s ability to be successful within the program.

Do I need to submit GMAT or GRE scores?

No, the M.H.A. program does not require submission of graduate testing scores (GMAT or GRE). We prefer to evaluate candidates on the criteria detailed on the Admissions Criteria page.  See  also the How to Apply for detailed application requirements.

What kind of undergraduate degree do I need to qualify for admission?

We require a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university.

Can I transfer credits from another master’s program?

Students may apply to transfer in 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.

How do students balance full-time employment with graduate school?

Many of our students work full-time, care for their families, serve on committees and juggle many other commitments outside of school. The blended format of the M.H.A. program provides a great deal of flexibility to students in completing the program. On average, students complete 6 semester hours or two courses each term. Course calendars are available in advance to allow students to plan their schedules around courses they need.

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How long does it take to complete the M.H.A. degree program?

Enrolled full-time, taking 2 or 3 courses each term, a student can complete the degree in 2 years.
As a part-time student, taking 1 or 2 courses each term, a student can complete the degree in just 3 years.

Students have the flexibility to take courses offered in the fall, spring and summer terms each year.  A faculty advisor will work with you to determine your degree plan that fits your personal, professional and educational plans.

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How can I earn a dual M.H.A./M.P.H. degree?

Visit the Dual Degree page for information.

You will need to choose a primary program to begin your coursework at DMU. After successfully completing a minimum of 9 credit hours in your primary program (M.H.A. or M.P.H.) with a GPA of 3.0 or above, you may apply for the second program. You should plan to be in close contact with your faculty advisor if applying for the dual degree option

Do you accept international students?

To be eligible for admission to the M.H.A. program, applicants must be either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. International students should review the information for international students prior to application.

When is the application deadline?

All application documents must be received by Des Moines University by the posted deadlines to eligible for admission for the upcoming term. Applicants must plan to allow for adequate time for application materials to arrive at Des Moines University.

TermDeadline
SpringNovember 1
SummerMarch 1
FallJuly 1

Contact Admissions

We encourage all interested students to contact the Admissions Office directly with questions regarding their application.
Email Admissions at: mhaadmit@dmu.edu