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Doctor of Healthcare Administration
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2023 Start

We are accepting applications for the Spring 2023 semester that begins on January 2, 2023. Admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis. Questions on the admissions process may be sent to dhaadmissions@vul.edu.

Applicants must have successfully graduated from an accredited university. An earned master's degree is required.

Doctor of Healthcare Administration

The fully online Virginia University of Lynchburg (VUL) Doctor of Healthcare Administration degree is designed for professionals interested in leadership roles in education and/or clinical practice. The module-based curriculum is self-paced for students to enter into the program at any one of three starting points in the academic calendar.

This program is to prepare health professionals to be leaders in healthcare by acquiring skills as educators, administrators, members of research teams and advocates for best practice. Through our program, students will be given the opportunity to critically evaluate and learn from literature, extending their knowledge to better serve their customers. They will also gain the business acumen to move into positions of leadership within their institutions or clinics.

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Certified by State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

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Accredited by The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

Virginia University of Lynchburg (VUL) is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) 15935 Forest Road, Forest VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail: info@tracs.org, having been awarded Reaffirmation 2 of its Accredited Status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission on April 11, 2021. This status is in force through June 30, 2031. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (ED), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

Admission Requirements

  • A master's or doctoral degree in a related discipline awarded by an institution accredited by an agency recognized by US Department of Education.
  • Official transcripts prior institution from which a degree was earned
  • Completed online application
  • Applicants are required to participate in a phone interview with the Admissions Committee

Required Material for Application

  • Virginia University of Lynchburg Application
  • Official transcripts from every school attended
    • World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation for any foreign coursework
    • International applicant is required to take and submit official score reports from English proficiency testing: the TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language (both the internet-based TOEFL iBT test and the paper-delivered TOEFL test are accepted).
  • Two recommendation letters or phone interview
  • Writing Sample
    • Publications authored by the applicant as first or second author in peer-reviewed publications

Graduation Requirements

  • For the Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) degree, student must earn at least 36 hours of credit, of which all must be at Virginia University of Lynchburg. Students must complete the curriculum requirements with a grade of "B" or higher.


Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

August 15

for priority consideration for the fall semester

December 1

for priority consideration for the spring semester

April 1

for priority consideration for the summer semester

Application materials can be emailed or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed. Official transcripts must originate from the institution's Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

DHA Academic Calendar for 2023-2024

Spring Semester, 2023
(First eight weeks) January 2 - February 26, 2023
(Second eight weeks) February 27 - April 23, 2023
Summer Semester, 2023
(First eight weeks) May 1 - June 25, 2023
(Second eight weeks) June 26- August 20, 2023
Fall Semester, 2023
(First eight weeks) September 4 - October 29, 2023
(Second eight weeks) October 30 - December 24, 2023
Spring Semester, 2024
(First eight weeks) January 1 - February 25, 2024
(Second eight weeks) February 26 - April 21, 2024

Why DHA at VUL?

  • 12 months-beginning to completion
  • Degree tuition capped at $18,000
  • Qualify for a top level position
  • Position yourself for higher earning
  • Distinguish yourself as a thought leader
  • Earn the highest scholarly respect