Admissions

The DHA program is now accepting applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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

Admissions Requirements

Health Administrator

If you are applying through the Health Administrator pathway, you might hold a position such as chief executive officer, administrator, regional manager, program director, or department manager. This pathway 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 an advanced Organizational Behavior course in their first semester and an advanced Healthcare Finance course in the second 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.

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 through the Health Professional pathway, 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 pathway 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 Healthcare Leadership course in their first semester and a Financial Management course the second semester, designed for students without master's level financial coursework.

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

  • Significant experience in clinical care or another healthcare-related workforce area. A wide variety of related backgrounds could apply.
  • A post-baccalaureate degree or master's degree in a clinical field, or healthcare-related areas such as health information technology, quality, and social work.

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

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

Cost

The application fee for the DHA program is $100. The fee is due when your application is submitted and is non-refundable. 

When to Apply

The incoming fall 2020 cohort has reached capacity and the corresponding application has been closed. 

The application for enrollment in fall 2021 will open July 1, 2020 and applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Offers will be made to qualified applicants until the class has been filled.