Doctor of Science Admissions

Join us for our Doctor of Science Virtual Open House Event!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm PST

Please RSVP to for more details, including the Zoom link.


The application deadline for our Spring 2022 class is set for January 5th, 2022.

Applicants for the DMSc or DHSc degrees must meet the following requirements.

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.” The committee’s decision is final.


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 being waived for our Spring 2022 cohort. 


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

1-Semester DMSc applicants: In 800 words or less, 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 DSc applicants: In 800 words or less, outline the clinical question or problem of practice you hope to address in your scholarly project and how it will contribute to improving healthcare delivery or outcomes.

Graduate College Education Equivalency applicants to 4-semester DSc program only: In 1,000 words or less, please address the following questions:

  • Describe your professional goals which will be advanced by the program.
  • Provide a synopsis of professional experiences (including years of clinical practice and levels of responsibility) you bring to the cohort to contribute to collaborative learning.
  • Please describe your current position.
  • Outline the clinical question or problem you hope to address in your scholarly project and how it will contribute to improving healthcare delivery or outcomes.

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.

COVID-19 Requirement for Online Learners

Pacific University requires that all students, including those enrolled in fully-online programs, provide evidence of completion of COVID-19 vaccination.  


Contact Us


Emily Josi | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions and Marketing
503-352-7219 |


Amber Vanzant, MAT | Program Administrator
Doctor of Science Program & the School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership
Phone 503-352-7369 | Fax 503-352-7290 |


Katie Bell, EdD, RDH | Director & Associate Professor | Doctor of Science Program
Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education
Co-Director | Program of Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (PIPER)
Phone 503-352-7359 | Fax 503-352-7290 |