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Doctor of Health Administration FAQ

Application process

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

Awarded 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


Awarded 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 with five or more years of experience in health care management, health care policy, clinical medical specialty, etc.

Do you accept out-of-state residents?

Yes. The DHA program is primarily taught online, so out of state students are represented in each cohort to date. There is no out-of-state tuition fee.    

When and how can I apply?

Applications may be submitted starting July 1 and generally close by February 1 of each year for cohorts beginning in the following summer term. All applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $25. You can click here to apply.  Once on the application site - you will click "sign in" in the top right corner to begin your application.  


Can I be exempt from the GRE requirement? 

At this time, there is no mechanism for allowing exceptions for the GRE requirement. Because applicants’ work settings and backgrounds are so diverse, a standard screening metric is necessary.

The program

How is the Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree different than a PhD?

The DHA is a professional degree while the PhD is a research oriented degree. The latter focuses on the generation of original research while the former focuses on the application of research and investigation to issues of a practical nature.

How long is the program?

The program is designed to be completed in three years.

What if I cannot make it to an on-campus session because of a work conflict?

These face to face, on-campus sessions are necessary to program and student success, therefore are mandatory. The approximate dates of all on-campus sessions are provided prior to enrollment. 

How many are accepted each year into the program?

Currently, the program accepts approximately 10-15 students per cohort. The resources available and the market demand determine the number accepted.

How many applicants receive an interview?

This number varies from year to year. The admissions committee determines the exact number, after phase I screening, of individuals who are offered an interview.

Will other doctoral work transfer into the DHA?

As students study together in our cohort program, they develop relationships that transcend course material and build a community of interprofessional health care leaders. Therefore, all Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) students are required to complete the entire program; transfer of credit is not accepted in any portion of the three-year DHA curriculum.

What is the tuition and fees for the DHA program?

Contact the Department of Student Accounting at (601) 984-1060 for more information regarding the most current tuition and fees. Tuition and fees can also be viewed in the online UMMC Bulletin.

  • Click here to access the UMMC Bulletin   
  • Click here to access the Office of Student Accounting website

Is financial aid available?

  • Financial aid information can be found by contacting the Student Financial Services office.
    Click here to access the UMMC Student Financial Services Office website