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Application for the Doctor of Health Administration


This innovative doctoral degree program brings together health related executives with diverse backgrounds, a resident faculty with advanced management knowledge and research findings, and a visiting faculty that provides up-to-date knowledge with relevant, real-world experience. This wealth of expertise, together in an environment designed to expand knowledge, provides today's health care professional with the right balance between theory and practice necessary to succeed in this ever changing world. The curriculum consists of two years of formal course work, which will be provided to students during on-campus sessions offered during intensive summer sessions and extended weekend sessions. The third year of the program will be devoted to individual, supervised doctoral project research. The purpose of the doctoral project is to give students an opportunity to work under the direction of a faculty member to conceive, implement, and analyze an applied research problem that generates new knowledge or adds a new perspective to existing knowledge. The DHA program has been uniquely designed to fill a gap in health administration education, which provides the participants with the cultural, humanistic, and professional background that the changing health care field demands.

State Authorization Information:

Due to various Department of Education and state higher education regulations, MUSC College of Health Professions distance programs are currently only authorized to enroll students residing in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia ,Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

We regret that the current regulations prevent us from offering our high quality distance education programs to students in all states at this time. However, please know that we will be exploring mechanisms to address these restrictions and will post any updates on this site.


The Doctor of Health Administration program is designed for fall entry every year. Admission considerations include graduation from an accredited Masters program in a healthcare management field and 5+ years of senior management/administrative experience. Additional requirements can be found at http://www.musc.edu/chp/.

International Applicants

Due to the distance-education nature of this program, MUSC is unable to issue- I-20 forms to allow students to obtain F-1 student visas. Only U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those holding other valid U.S. visas will be accepted.

Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program directly. Contact Dr. James Zoller in the Department of Health Care Leadership and Management by email at zollerjs@musc.edu or by phone at (843) 792-3849.

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental reference materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are available in PDF format within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted.

Application Deadlines

Start TermApplication TypeAvailableDeadline
Fall 2013RegularJuly 1, 2012June 30, 2013
Fall 2013ExtendedJuly 1, 2013July 14, 2013
Fall 2014RegularJuly 1, 2013June 30, 2014

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Last Published with Edits:March 11, 2014 12:44 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:Spring 2013

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