How to Apply

There are two ways to apply to the MHCDS program: as an individual or as an organizational team member. Both team and individual applicants to the MHCDS program should apply online through the Dartmouth College graduate application system:

Please call 603-646-1222 if you have questions. 

Evaluating Applications

Each applicant for admission to the MHCDS program will be evaluated holistically. It is impossible to predict a candidate's chances of admission solely by looking at his or her academic record and test scores. Each decision hinges on the interplay of five principal factors: leadership capability, academic excellence, personal and professional accomplishment, strong interpersonal skills, and diversity of background and experience. Students from each of our first five cohorts have, on average, more than two decades of work experience in health care delivery or a related field, and we require candidates to possess a minimum of five years of such experience. We also expect quantitative ability, but this ability can be demonstrated by work experience as well as transcripts and standardized test scores.

Deadlines and Deposit

Applications must be complete by 5 p.m. EST on the following dates to be considered for that round of admissions. All admitted applicants who wish to reserve a place in the incoming class must submit a nonrefundable deposit (which is applied against tuition).

  Application Due Decision Deadline Deposit Due**
Round 1*  11/05/18 12/21/18 2/1/19
Round 2  2/11/19 3/15/19 4/12/19
Round 3 4/08/19 5/10/19 5/31/19

*Early Action admission decisions will be available and made on a rolling basis for applicants who submit completed applications before 5 p.m. EST on October 10, 2018.
**A non-refundable deposit of $5,000 is required to reserve space in the class.


Completing the Application

A complete application file consists of an application form, a current resume or CV, recommendations, a statement of institutional support, official transcripts, standardized test scores (if required), and an application fee. 

Application Form

Basic information is provided in an online form on the application website.

Official Transcripts

All applicants must submit official transcripts for all programs, both undergraduate and graduate, for which you were awarded a degree (e.g., BA, BS, MD, MS, MBA). If you are currently enrolled in a degree program, you are required to submit a current official transcript of courses completed and work in progress. Please submit (paper) transcripts to:

Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program
Attn: Lillian Emerson
37 Dewey Field Road, HB 7253
Hanover, NH 03755-7253

If the transcript is an electronic version, please have it sent to:

Letters of Recommendation (three)

Recommendation forms should be given to three people who are able to speak with certainty about your leadership, team orientation, communication skills, intellectual ability, and interpersonal skills. If you are currently employed, we prefer that you submit recommendations from people who know you well and are in a position to judge your professional performance and leadership, such as your direct supervisor. If you are unable to provide a recommendation from a direct supervisor, please briefly explain why in the optional essay section. Please contact your evaluators well in advance to give them sufficient time to write and return their evaluations by the deadline. Given the importance we place on recommendations, we will not review any applications until we receive recommendations from all of the evaluators listed in your application. It is your responsibility to make sure your evaluators are aware of the deadlines and to ensure that all three recommendations have been submitted. Recommendation letters submitted through the Apply Yourself website reach us more quickly than paper letters, so we strongly encourage you to ask your recommenders to submit their letters online. If this is not possible, please have letters sent to:

Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program
Attn: Lillian Emerson
37 Dewey Field Road, HB 7253
Hanover, NH 03755-7253

Personal Statement

Please include a two-page, 500-word statement that explains the significant personal, professional, or social experiences that have contributed to your decision to study in the MHCDS program. Please also address how the MHCDS degree will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. This personal statement provides you with an opportunity to help the admissions committee gain greater insight about you as a potential member of the MHCDS community. Please be clear, succinct, forthright, and thoughtful in your response.

Statement of Institutional Support

Because the MHCDS program is designed for working professionals, applicants must confirm that their employer understands and supports their participation in the program. Language we ask for in this written statement, signed by a direct supervisor or appropriate organizational leader, should include reference to the requirement of attending four brief residential periods and participating for an average of 15 hours per week during non-residential periods. NOTE: This statement of support will be uploaded by you, the applicant. It is not confidential.

Standardized Test Scores for nonnative English speakers (TOEFL or PTE Academic if applicable)

All nonnative English speakers must submit either the TOEFL or the PTE Academic to demonstrate proficiency in English. This requirement is waived for applicants who have recently lived for at least three years in an English-speaking country or who received a degree from an institution outside the U.S. where instruction is in English. Results must not be more than two years old.

Application Fee

There is a $100 application fee, which can be paid by credit card when you submit your application or by check made payable to The Trustees of Dartmouth College (please send checks to the address listed under "Official Transcripts"). The application fee is non-refundable and is not credited toward any charges when an accepted applicant registers as a student.


Strong interpersonal skills are essential for success as a leader and team member in the MHCDS program and beyond. Interviews will take place by invitation only. If we would like you to interview we will contact you to schedule an interview after your application is complete. At that time, we will invite you to visit Dartmouth College for a campus tour and in-person interview. Interviews also can be conducted by video link (e.g., Skype) or phone.

Team Applicants

We strongly encourage organizations to send teams of two to five participants as a means of investing in the organization's leadership resources and to build the momentum that will advance the organizational mission through value-based improvement. If you are applying as a member of a team, please submit one Statement of Institutional Support for the entire team. This statement should include a brief explanation of the value to your organization of your team's participation in this program. Please also describe in a sentence or two how the skills and experience of each individual team member contribute to the strength of the group as a whole.