Admissions

The DHA program is now accepting applicants for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Doctor of Health Administration program is designed to allow ambitious health care professionals to turn their clinical or administrative experiences into opportunities to teach, shape public policy and/or lead complex organizations. Successful applicants will possess relevant post-baccalaureate professional degree or master's degrees and significant practical experience in the field.

Admissions Requirements

Health Administrator

If you are applying to the Health Administrator track, you might hold a position such as chief executive officer, administrator, regional manager, program director, or department manager. This track focuses on the development of leaders in healthcare administration, health policy, strategic management, and applied research methods. Applicants are seeking to gain the skills needed to take on enhanced leadership positions and influence healthcare delivery. As such, students will take a Healthcare Leadership course in their first semester.

Candidates for the Health Administrator admission track should possess the following:

  • Significant experience in a management or policy position in the health care field.
  • A post-baccalaureate professional degree or master's degree in Health Administration, Business Administration, Public Health, Public Administration, or in an equivalent relevant discipline.
  • Proficiency (either through graduate coursework or professional experience) in health finance, statistics, organizational behavior, health economics, and epidemiology. Applicants without substantial background courses/knowledge will be required to make up deficiencies.

After initial screening, final candidates may be interviewed by the admissions committee.

Complete admissions requirements can be found on the MUSC Admissions website.

Health Professional

If you are applying to the Health Professional track, you might be a practicing clinician or hold a position such as chief information officer, health information technology consultant, social worker, case manager, information systems vendor executive, quality assurance professional, and training program coordinator. This track focuses on the development of interprofessional leaders in clinical care, social work, health information systems and healthcare quality. Applicants are seeking to gain the skills needed to take on leadership positions and influence healthcare practice. As such, students will take a Organizational Behavior course in their first semester.

Candidates for the Health Professions admission track should possess the following:

  • Significant experience in clinical care or another health care related work force. A wide variety of related backgrounds could apply.
  • A post-baccalaureate degree or master's degree in a clinical field, or health care related area such as health information technology, quality, and social work.
  • Proficiency (either through graduate coursework or professional experience) in health finance, statistics, organizational behavior, health economics. Applicants without substantial background courses/knowledge will be required to make up deficiencies.

After initial screening, final candidates may be interviewed by the admissions committee.

Complete admissions requirements can be found on the MUSC Admissions website.

When to Apply

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2020. They will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning September 1, 2019.