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Admission Requirements (Regular) 

  • Overall minimum graduate (master’s or doctorate) cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale verified with official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - All applicants must submit their GRE score, which may not be more than five years old from the application deadline.
  • Proof as a licensed or credentialed allied health care provider; health, wellness or exercise professional, or two years of recent experience as a practitioner, administrator, educator, clinician, or researcher in health, wellness or exercise discipline
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae including personal, educational, and professional achievements
  • Two letters of professional recommendation
  • Submission of Writing Sample - Students will submit a writing sample centered upon a provided topic prompt. The writing sample will assess the applicant’s writing ability, the capability to locate appropriate and contemporary evidence to provide support, and the capacity to adhere to the expected writing style. The sample will be assessed upon a programmatic standardized rubric.
  • Advanced Standing:  Graduates of the California University Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions program will be given advanced placement and will not need to retake the PRF courses 720, 765, & 770.  This would result in a balance of 41 credits to earn the DHSc degree; including 36 didactic course work credits and 5 dissertation credits.
  • International Global Online Applicants

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)


  • Application Deadline:  October 1st
  • Decision Deadline:      November 2nd

For additional information:

Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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