Doctor of Science Admissions

Application Deadline

4-Semester DMSc/DHSc Application Opens: July 1, 2022
Final Deadline: December 1, 2022

1-Semester DMSc Application for Fall 2022 Cohort Opens: May 1, 2022   **COHORT IS FULL**
Final Deadline: August 1, 2022

1-Semester DMSc Application for Spring 2023 Cohort Opens: May 1, 2022
Final Deadline: December 1, 2022

Applicants for the DMSc or DHSc degrees must meet the following requirements. All admissions decisions are final. 

Master's or Doctoral Degree

Submit proof of an earned master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, OR

Applicants (healthcare leaders/clinicians/administrators) may submit a request to be considered for Graduate College Education Equivalency. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution and greater than five years of increasingly responsible senior healthcare leadership experience. The committee will review the information from the essay question required below.

If the Admissions Committee determines that the applicant meets the criteria for a master’s degree equivalency statement on admission, the statement will read “Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for this applicant in lieu of a master’s degree.” 

Healthcare Background/Work Status

Prior healthcare experience is required. All applicants must be a recognized health professional (licensed/certified), healthcare administrator, public health professional, or health profession educator. It is preferable that applicants are currently working at a healthcare practice setting, public health agency, or health profession education program. 

Pacific University Physician Assistant recent graduates who are applying to the one-semester program do not need to be currently working in order to apply.

Transcripts

Provide official transcripts from all universities or colleges previously attended. The recommended minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent of a pass in a pass/no pass system.  

CV or Resume

Submit a current curriculum vitae or resume with contact information for two references from professional contacts. Pacific may contact the references during the application process.

Online Application & Fee

All application fees are currently being waived. 

Essay

As part of the online application, complete the appropriate essay.

1-Semester DMSc applicants: In 500-800 words, please describe your professional goals and what you hope to achieve with this doctoral degree.  How can you see yourself using this degree in your work setting, and in what ways do you envision yourself engaging in leadership?

4-Semester DHSc and DMSc applicants: In 1,000-1,500 words, please address the following questions on the application:

  • Describe professional goals which will be advanced by the program.
  • Explain current healthcare role (health professional (licensed/certified), healthcare administrator, public health professional, or health profession educator) and responsibilities.
  • It is preferred that applicants are currently working in a healthcare role that includes direct patient/client, healthcare professional student, or public health community interaction. If not currently working in one of these arenas, the applicant will identify how they will engage with a partnering organization to complete the Scholarly Project.

Graduate Education Equivalency applicants to 4-semester DHSc program only: Applicants must address the following questions on the application:

  • Describe your professional goals which will be advanced by the program and why you are pursuing a doctoral degree.
  • Provide a synopsis of professional experiences. Please describe how your work experience meets the criteria listed for graduate education equivalency. 
  • Graduate education equivalency requires a minimum of 5 years of senior healthcare leadership responsibility that must include all of the following:
    • Supervision of employees and oversight of performance evaluations
    • Approval of hiring and termination requests
    • Accountability for operations, compliance, and outcomes
    • Engagement in strategic planning and implementation
    • Development and management of department budget
  • Explain current healthcare role (health professional (licensed/certified), healthcare administrator, public health professional, or health profession educator) and responsibilities.
  • It is preferred that applicants are currently working in a healthcare role that includes direct patient/client, healthcare professional student, or public health community interaction. If not currently working in one of these arenas, the applicant will identify how they will engage with a partnering organization to complete the Scholarly Project.

English Language Proficiency

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University, prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if English is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens. The following criteria demonstrate different methods to demonstrate English proficiency for this program.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date, OR
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at a US regionally accredited college or university.

International Students

At this time, we are unable to accept international students into our Doctor of Science program.  

 

 

 

Contact Us

ADMISSIONS

Emily Josi | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions and Marketing
503-352-7219 | emcdaniel@pacificu.edu

GENERAL INFORMATION

Amber Vanzant, MAT | Program Administrator
School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
Phone 503-352-7369 | Fax 503-352-7290 | amber.vanzant@pacificu.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Katie Bell, EdD, RDH | Director | School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
Director and Professor | Doctor of Science Program
Associate Dean | Interprofessional Education
Director | Program of Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER)
Director | Pacific Interprofessional Clinic
Phone 503-352-7359 | Fax 503-352-7290 | kathryn.bell@pacificu.edu