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  • Doctor of Health Administration FAQs

    How is the DHA degree different than a PhD?

    The DHA is a professional degree while the PhD is a research degree. The latter focuses upon the generation of original research while the former focuses on the application of research.

    How long is the program?

    The program is designed to be completed in 3 years.

    What degree do I need to apply for the DHA program?

    A master's degree or professional doctorate from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning with a GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in a health care-related field or a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning with a GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and five or more years of experience in health care management, health care policy, clinical medical specialty, etc.

    Do you accept out-of-state residents?


    When and how can I apply?

    Applications are due December 1. All applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $25. You may apply at https://myu.umc.edu; choose guest access; choose admissions; and choose start application.

    How many are accepted each year into your program?

    Currently, the program accepts approximately 10 students each cohort. The resources available and the market demand determine the number accepted.

    How many applicants receive an interview?

    The admissions committee determines the exact number of individuals who are offered an interview.

     Will other doctoral work transfer into the DHA?

    In general, graduate credit earned in another recognized institution will not be accepted. The student may petition the program director for consideration of transfer credit. If granted, the student will be required to complete satisfactorily an independent study on material related to the course topics.

    What is the tuition for the DHA program?

    Tuition for the Doctor of Health Administration is $578.92 per semester hour, up to a maximum charge per semester of $5,210.78. In addition to tuition, students should be prepared to spend approximately $1,500 to $2,000 per year for books and supplies. All amounts above are valid for 2015-2016 only and are subject to change.  Please contact the Department of Student Accounting at (601) 984-1060 for further information.