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Doctor Health Administration


This innovative doctoral degree program brings together health related executives with diverse backgrounds, resident faculty with advanced management knowledge and research findings, and visiting faculty that provides up-to-date knowledge with relevant, real-world experience. This wealth of expertise and environment designed to expand knowledge, provides today's healthcare 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 coursework, provided to students during an extended weekend on-campus session offered once each semester, in addition to web-based instruction. The third year of the program will be devoted to individual doctoral project research. The purpose of the doctoral project is to provide the opportunity 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 participants with the cultural, humanistic, and professional background that the changing healthcare field demands.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates for the Executive Health Administration & Leadership DHA Program should possess the following:

  • Significant experience in a management or policy position in the healthcare field.
  • A post-baccalaureate professional degree or master's degree in Health Administration, Business Administration, Public Health, Public Administration, or in an equivalent relevant discipline.
  • Proficiency (either through graduate coursework or professional experience) in health finance, statistics, organizational behavior, health economics, and epidemiology. Applicants without substantial background courses/knowledge will be required to make up deficiencies.

After initial screening, final candidates may be interviewed by the admissions committee. 

Application Checklist

  1. Complete the university application, which includes:

    • Application Fee
    • Personal Information
    • Contact Information
    • Educational Background Information
    • 3 Professional References (Names and email addresses will be needed for the application)
    • A 1,000 word career goal statement
    • Current Resume

    2. Once you have completed and submitted a university application, you will need to submit the following supplemental materials:

    • Official transcripts from all degree-bearing transcripts
    • Copies of any licensure or credentials you possess
    • Current organizational chart with applicant's position highlighted 
    • Current position description 

    Please note: All above information must be received before an admission decision can be made. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the progress of his/her application by viewing the Application Progress Portal.

Application Process

The Doctor of Health Administration program is designed for fall entry every year.

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 within the application and are also sent through email once an application is submitted.

For program details, applicants are encouraged to contact the program directly.

Dr. Jillian Harvey
Division Director
Phone: (843) 792-3431
Rebecca Barry
Student Services Coordinator
Phone: (843) 792-5323

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Doctor of Health Administration from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.

International Applicants

International applicants are not considered without a permanent resident visa. – Currently under review please contact program for update.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2018 Regular July 1, 2017 Rolling
Classes begin August 22, 2018
Fall 2019 Regular October 1, 2018 Rolling
Classes begin August 15, 2019