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Frequently Asked Questions - DHA Executive Program

Applying to the Program

About the Program

Do I need a degree before I enter the DHA Executive program?
A post-baccalaureate professional degree or master's degree from a regionally accredited university in Health Administration, Business Administration, Public Health, Public Administration, or in an equivalent relevant discipline.

Is the GRE or GMAT required for admission?
No, the GRE and GMAT tests are not required for admission to the program.

 How is the DHA degree different than a PhD?
The DHA is an applied professional degree emphasizing the solving of real-world problems or addressing issues of practical concern. The PhD is a research oriented degree emphasizing generation of new knowledge.

What are the differences between the various programs of the DHA degree?

  • The "Executive" track of the DHA program is designed to meet the intellectual and career development needs of senior healthcare and health policy executives who are actively engaged as leaders. The program is offered in a web based format and requires four on campus extended weekend visits to campus per year.
  • The “Interprofessional Studies and Leadership” track of the DHA program focuses on the development of interprofessional leaders in health policy, strategic management and healthcare quality. Students will be practicing clinicians who currently hold or who are seeking leadership positions to influence health care practice. The program is offered entirely in a web based format.
  • The “Information Systems and Leadership” track of the DHA program focuses on the development of leadership competency for practicing information technology professionals. Students will be individuals who currently hold positions in the information systems/information technology field who wish to play an advanced role in the development of wide spread healthcare information systems and/or to effect change in how healthcare is delivered. The program is offered entirely in a web based format.

How long is the program?
The program is designed to be completed in 3 years. Some students take longer, however the program must be completed within 7 years of admission.

What if I cannot make it to an DHA- Executive on campus session because of a work conflict?
Generally, the student can take the class with the next year's cohort of students and not lose time in the completion schedule.

What is the tuition rate and what does it cover?
 Academic Charges for the current academic cycle can be found at

Is financial aid available?
Yes, Financial aid services are available and can be found at

When can I apply?
Applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort that will begin in fall.


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