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Applications are accepted during the application period for the term in which you are seeking admission, with new students admitted following our deadlines. Individuals may also enroll in select courses for professional development prior to being fully admitted to the program. You must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or plan to complete the requirements for a degree prior to enrollment.

To apply for admission to the master of public health program, applicants must submit the following documents: application and fee, GRE, letter of recommendation, official transcripts, personal statement and resume.

View the How to Apply section for details regarding requirements

Additional admission criteria include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is recommended, though all applications will be reviewed.
  • Experience in the field of public health is recommended.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential.
  • Provide all necessary application materials to the satisfaction of the admission committee by the posted deadlines.

Completion of the required application documents does not guarantee admission to Des Moines University.

Term Application Period Registration Deadline Term Start Date
Fall 2014 March 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014 August 22, 2014 September 8, 2014
Spring 2015 July 1, 2014 – October 1, 2014 December 19, 2014 January 5, 2015
Summer 2015 November 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015 April 24, 2015 May 18, 2015

Time commitment

Masters level coursework requires a substantial time commitment. Applicants should be prepared to spend at least 5-10 hours per week completing coursework for a typical 3 semester hour course.

Permanent residents

Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission.

Note: Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.

Non U.S. citizens

All courses in the master of public health program are offered online, therefore, international students applying for admission to these programs are eligible for online study only.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should review the information for international students.

States authorizing DMU online programs

Federal law requires institutions of higher education 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. DMU is actively pursuing approval in every state, however, various state requirements and fees may prohibit the University from obtaining full authorization in all states.

At this time, Des Moines University is unable to accept applications for our online programs from applicants who reside in Alabama, Arkansas or the District of Columbia.

Notice for residents of Minnesota:

“Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.”

Questions regarding state authorization may be directed to, or your state’s department of higher education.

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

Technology and computer use

Technology is incorporated throughout the program to support your education. It is a key component of the curriculum in both on-campus and online learning. All coursework is delivered through an online learning management system and applicants should be prepared for a significant amount of computer based coursework. Applicants should be familiar with the technology requirements.

Background checks

All students must complete a criminal background check by the DMU selected vendor prior to enrollment. If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony which results in a conviction, it is your responsibility to immediately inform the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Students are responsible for the cost associated with completing the criminal background check.