The Executive Doctoral Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.

Here for You

From well before you officially apply to long after you earn your doctoral degree - we are here for you. We understand this is a monumental journey in your life. We are here to support you and guide you every step of the way. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Operations to streamline your journey. Together, we can advance your education and your career starting today.

How to Apply

Prepare the following documents to upload to your application:

  • Your updated resume/CV
  • An organizational chart, highlighting your position within your organization
  • Short essay responses to the following topics:
    1. Statement of career objectives that will be advanced by the program.
    2. Overview of professional experiences that will contribute to learning outcomes of other students.
    3. Years of management experience and areas of responsibility.
    4. Scope of experience in creating and managing budgets.
    5. Experience in managing human resources.
    6. Experience as a healthcare executive that has shaped your practice of leadership.
    7. Most significant professional leadership accomplishment.
    8. Personal traits that have been influential for professional advancement.
    9. Steps taken to secure your organization’s support and commitment to the program.

The following items are also required:

  • Three recommendations from professional contacts. The online system will require you to enter the names and email addresses for all three recommenders. The system will send them an email with a link to the online recommendation form.
  • Transcripts from all universities previously attended (including those from which you did not earn a degree). (Please note: If you are admitted, the Graduate School requires official transcripts to be sent from the issuing university to UAB. However, unofficial copies can be uploaded into the online system for the purpose of committee review.)
  • Submit the application fee:
    • Domestic Applicants - $50
    • International Applicants - $60

The Executive Doctoral program is intended for healthcare executives who are seeking to engage in a rigorous course of study that will also permit them to retain their demanding work and life responsibilities. DSc students are interested in continuing a practice-focused career, as opposed to the academic career sought by most PhD students.

Admissions Requirements

Qualified applicants will have a minimum of five years of mid- to senior-level managerial experience in the healthcare industry.

In addition, qualified applicants will preferably have a master's degree in health administration; health informatics; business administration; or a related field.

Your degree(s) must be from an accredited institution.

As of January 2010, the UAB Graduate School has approved a waiver of the GRE/GMAT requirement for all applicants to the Executive Doctoral Program. Note: admission requirements to the Residential PhD Program are not affected by this change.

International students must submit recent scores from an English Proficiency Exam, unless you meet one of the following criteria.