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DHA Program FAQs

Applying to the Program

Do I need a degree before I enter the program?

Is the GRE or GMAT required for admission?

About the Program

How is the DHA degree different than a Ph.D.?

What are the differences between the two tracks of the DHA degree?

How long is the program?

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

What is the tuition rate and what does it cover?

Is financial aid available?

When can I apply?

Do I need a degree before I enter the DHA Executive program?
Yes, 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 Ph.D.?
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 two tracks of the DHA degree?

The tracks are the entry point into the DHA program and reflect the student’s prior education and work experience. The "Executive" track of the DHA program is designed to meet the intellectual and career development needs of senior Health care and health policy executives who are actively engaged as leaders.

The “Interprofessional Studies and Leadership” track of the DHA program focuses on the development of interprofessional leaders in health policy, strategic management and health care quality. Students will have healthcare experience such as, be practicing clinicians, information systems/information technology experts, or quality improvement leaders who currently hold or who are seeking leadership positions to influence health care practice. The DHA curriculum is comprised: 1) of core courses, which are taken by all students; 2) track specific courses that build upon the student’s prior education and work experience; and 3) electives.

How long is the program?
The program is designed to be completed in 3 years. More than half of students complete the program in two years and two semesters. Some students take longer, however the program must be completed within 7 years of admission.

What if I cannot make it to a DHA on campus session because of a work conflict?
These sessions are integral to the program and are a mandatory part of each course. Curriculum plans that include the dates of all on-campus sessions are provided prior to enrollment. Generally, if an unexpected conflict arises the student can take the class with the next year's cohort of students, however this would add time to the completion of the program. 

What is the tuition rate and what does it cover?
Academic charges for the current academic cycle.Tuition and fees do not include travel expenses to Charleston for the on campus sessions.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid services are available

When can I apply?
Applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort that will begin in fall. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, however we encourage all applications to be submitted by the end of May prior to the fall semester of enrollment.