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Admission Requirements

MPH Students by the Numbers
Approximately 160 students from more than 20 states and five nations
Less than three years typically required to complete the degree
Students range in age from 21 to 64
Average age is 34
Average GPA of incoming students: 3.4
Average GRE score: 303
314 DMU M.P.H. alumni live and work in 42 states

Bachelor’s Degree

To be eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Public Health program at DMU, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  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 MPH.


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.

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 admitted students must plan to 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.

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. While DMU is investigating approval in each state, 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 are legal residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia.

DMU endeavors to comply with the requirements established in each state, including the requirement of some states to post explicit notices for applicants and students:

Indiana residents: This institution is authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. See statement of authorization.

Minnesota residents: 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