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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.

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.

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

Online application and $60 application fee
Personal statement to address each of the following:

  • Career goals and how the DMU M.P.H. program will help you achieve your goals.
  • Past contributions to the field of public health (eg: service, leadership, research, volunteerism).
  • Professional and personal strengths that will help you succeed in our program.
  • How you will deal with the expected challenges of graduate school.
  • What makes you a strong candidate for the M.P.H. program.
At least One letter of recommendation, preferably from a supervisor, professor or mentor. Topics to address may include:

  • Academic performance
  • Public Health experience
  • Leadership or teaching experience
  • Commitment to Service
  • Qualities which make you a strong candidate for the M.P.H. program
  • Future career goals

Letters may be uploaded directly to DMU at

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)GRE scores are required to be considered for admission, preferably scores which are no more than 5 years old. There is no GRE minimum score required for application. The Des Moines University GRE code is: 2256.  The average GRE score of recently admitted students is 303.

The GRE requirement will be waived for the following:

  • Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or higher
  • Applicants who can provide results from another graduate admission test, including:
Official transcriptsRequest 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

Admission Notifications

Once all materials are received, the Admissions Office will confirm via email. The DMU-MPH 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 – MPH Admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-271-1538
Fax: 515-271-7083

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