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Admission Requirements, Tuition and Fees
CMU’s DHA program is cutting
edge, provided by the best subject matter experts in healthcare management
academics. It is offered in a rigorous format that delivers a well respected
doctorate. While I’ve been a healthcare administrator for 35 years, this program
gave me value-added experiences and education. The collaborative approach of
cohort groups was unique to me. Not only did I get a terrific degree, I also got
to know personally my peers as well as faculty in this program to a much greater
extent than my graduate school experience. That networking (student and faculty)
continues after graduation.
M. Raymond Alvarez, DHA, MPA, FACHE (2009)
Group Vice President
Specialty Hospital of Washington DC
Note: The DHA Program utilizes a continuous admission process whereby
applicants may apply at any time for competitive 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.
- 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.
The minimum requirements and standards for application admission to the program
include the following criteria:
- 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;
- 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;
- Demonstration of at least five years of work related experience in mid-level or
higher healthcare management or health policy positions;
- 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-page essay on one of the approved premises
- Submission of a career goal statement and a current curriculum vitae or résumé;
- Letters of recommendation, transcripts and other documentation customarily
required for admission to the College of Graduate Studies will be required; and
- Successful completion of an admission interview with the program faculty.
The application materials required are:
- Central Michigan University Application to the DHA program
- Three letters of reference attesting to the applicant’s academic and practical
abilities and moral stance
- 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
- Premise paper
- Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- One copy of official transcripts for all graduate and undergraduate level course
work and degrees
- $200 non-refundable application fee payable in U.S. dollars to Central Michigan
- 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 15th 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.
- Tuition is currently set a $850 per credit hour and students are guaranteed one
unchanging tuition rate established at the time of enrollment that will stay in
place for the entire program.
- Tuition is due at the time of registration.
- Payment may be made by personal check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or
- An automatic payment plan is also available.
- Application fee, $200.
- A library fee of $25 per course will be assessed.
- Graduation application fee, $50.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Computer access fees at seminar (if not part of the seminar)
- Laptop computer rental or purchase for seminar (if required)
- General Examination Costs
You are responsible for the following costs during the required General
- Travel costs to and from the General Examination location Lodging during the
- Computer access fees at the General Examination location (if not part of the
- Applied Dissertation Costs
You are responsible for all costs associated with completing their applied
- Travel for applied dissertation committee members to defense location if
- Meals and lodging for dissertation committee members at defense location if
- Other Potential Costs:
- Mailing if necessary (most work will be done via Internet or e-mail)
- 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)