Track I

Track I is a program of study for students who have a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). It allows the student to forgo foundational healthcare administration courses and complete the program in a shorter amount of time.

If you have a master’s degree in an unrelated discipline, see Track II.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 78 quarter credits
    • Core courses (48 cr.)
    • Research courses (10 cr.)
    • Capstone courses (minimum 20 cr.)
  • Two residencies to equal a minimum of 8 days

Transfer of Credit

If you have completed your MHA, you may be able to transfer 35 additional credits upon enrolling in the Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) program, which can save you time and money. Call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286 to determine eligibility and learn more.

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation/doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation/doctoral study process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DDHA 8003 Course Building a Multidisciplinary Approach to Health Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8130 Course Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations for Healthcare Administration Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8500 Course Health Leadership and Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RSCH 8210 Course Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8050 Course Global Health and Issues in Disease Prevention Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8450 Course Project and Resource Management in Integrated Systems Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8246 Course Advanced Application of Practice-based Research in Health Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8900 Course Healthcare Quality Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8600 Course Governance, Law, and Policy for Healthcare Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8750 Course Trends and Issues in Executive Level Management for Healthcare Administrators Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8800 Course Data-Driven Decision Making Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code DDHA 8901 Course Research Forum Companion Credits 0 cr. to be completed with DDHA 8750 and DDHA 8800
Course Code DDHA 9100 Course DHA Research Capstone Credits (5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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