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Admission Requirements, Tuition and Fees

Note: The DHA Program utilizes a continuous admission process whereby applicants may apply at any time for competi​tive admission to the next cohort of the program. Early applicants who are especially well qualified may be offered an early admission decision.

The final deadline for applications from students wishing to be considered for the Fall cohort of each year is April 1st of that year. Admission decisions for students not offered early admission will be announced by approximately mid-May.

Applying to the Program

CMU has established a set of minimum qualifications for admission into the DHA program. Meeting these qualifications does not guarantee admission into the program. but rather is used to generate a pool of applicants who meet all requirements. The best-qualified applicants will be selected from this pool and offered admission to the DHA cohort.

Applications can be completed and sent to CMU at any time during the year. CMU retains the right to determine which applicants are best qualified for admission into the DHA program.

Waiting List

  • A waiting list will be used to hold all fully qualified applicants in the admissions process for one year.
  • A waiting list applicant may be offered admission for the following year.
  • Waiting list applicants will be notified of their status and contacted the next year before the admissions process begins for the next DHA cohort.

Admission Criteria

The minimum requirements and standards for application admission to the program include the following criteria:

  1. An earned regionally accredited master’s degree in an appropriate area of study (e.g., health administration, business administration, public health, public administration, etc…) or a professional degree (e.g., M.D., D.O., D.D.S., etc…). Other areas of graduate study at the master’s degree level will be considered by petition to the faculty. GPA will be considered in the admissions process;
  2. Satisfactory completion of graduate course work or equivalent must be provided as evidence by student applicants in the areas of health economics or economics, finance, statistics, administration/management, and organizational development/behavior. Any student admitted with a deficiency in one or more of these prerequisite areas will be required to take the necessary courses or successfully complete (success level determined by the faculty) a competency assessment to fulfill these foundational requirements. An applicant with three or more deficiencies may be admitted only on a conditional basis contingent upon the successful completion of all prerequisite course work or competency assessment. Any course taken to fulfill course prerequisite requirements will not count toward the degree program;
  3. Demonstration of at least five years of work related experience in mid-level or higher healthcare management or health policy positions;
  4. Oral and written English language proficiency. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or another test of English equivalency (such as the ECFMG for physicians who were foreign medical students). This requirement may be waived if prior academic experience and success in other United States colleges/universities or employment settings can be satisfactorily demonstrated;
  5. 5-page essay on one of the approved premises
  6. Submission of a career goal statement and a current curriculum vitae or résumé;
  7. Letters of recommendation, transcripts and other documentation customarily required for admission to the College of Graduate Studies will be required; and
  8. Successful completion of an admission interview with the program faculty.

Admission Process

The application materials required are:

  1. Central Michigan University Application to the DHA program
  2. Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s academic and practical abilities and moral stance
  3. A 3 – 4 page statement of personal background and goals, to include:
    • Career goals
    • Academic goals
    • Life and work experience
    • Ability to work in groups and individually in an intensive program
    • An articulation of applied research interest that you are considering for your dissertation
  4. Premise paper
  5. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  6. One copy of official transcr​ipts for all graduate and undergraduate level course work and degrees
  7. $50 non-refundable application fee payable in U.S. dollars to Central Michigan University
  8. Review the admissions checklist

Once all application materials have been received, a date will be established for a telephone interview.

Students who do not meet the application deadline of April 1st will not be considered for that year’s cohort admission.

Tuition and Fees

Many of these costs are estimated based upon the best information available and actual costs may vary slightly. All fees are set by the University Board of Trustees and are subject to change without notice.

  1. Tuition
    • ​Tuition is due at the time of registration.
    • Payment may be made by personal check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
    • An automatic payment plan is also available.
  2. Fees
    • Application fee, $50.
    • Graduation application fee, $50.
  3. Books and Materials
    • The average book and class materials cost per course is approximately $150 or less. This cost is not included in the tuition.
    • CMU provides electronic course reserves, which can be accessed through your instructors’ Blackboard Web sites. These online articles will be available to you 24 hours a day/7 days a week from any computer with Internet access. When you register for a course, the electronic course reserves fee will be assessed. Fees may vary from course to course.
  4. Internet Connectivity Requirements
    • To participate in the program, you must have Internet access and a personal e-mail address at your disposal. Internet connectivity in the home and office is preferred, and cable or DSL access is strongly encouraged.
    • You are responsible for all access service and connectivity fees
    • You may be required to purchase specific software programs during the delivery of the program
  5. Seminar Costs
    You are responsible for the following costs during required seminar attendance:
    • Travel costs to and from the seminar location
    • Lodging during the seminar
    • Meals
    • Computer access fees at seminar (if not part of the seminar)
    • Laptop computer rental or purchase for seminar (if required)
  6. General Examination Costs
    You are responsible for the following costs during the required General Examination:
    • Travel costs to and from the General Examination location Lodging during the General Examination
    • Meals
    • Computer access fees at the General Examination location (if not part of the General examination)
  7. Applied Dissertation Costs
    You are responsible for all costs associated with completing their applied dissertation except:
    • Travel for applied dissertation committee members to defense location if applicable
    • Meals and lodging for dissertation committee members at defense location if applicable
  8. Other Potential Costs:
    • Duplicating
    • Mailing if necessary (most work will be done via Internet or e-mail)
    • Faxing
    • Applied dissertation production
    • Telephone calls
    • Computer upgrades
    • Applied dissertation research and completion goes beyond one year after General Examination (12 credit hours per year enrollment required)