MHL to DBH Pathway FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of the MHL to DBH Pathway?

Participating in the MHL to DBH Pathway enables students to seamlessly transition from their master’s coursework in the MHL program to their doctoral studies in the DBH program at CGI. Additional MHL to DBH pathway benefits include:

  • Application fee waiver for the DBH program
  • Program fee waiver for the DBH program
  • Expedited admissions process for the DBH program after completion of the MHL program
  • Tuition lock*
  • Complete both the MHL and DBH in as short as four (4) years

* In the event of a tuition increases during MHL enrollment, participating pathway students are grandfathered into the tuition rate stated in their initial MHL enrollment catalog during the entirety of their continuous MHL and DBH enrollment

How do I get started in the MHL to DBH pathway?

To apply for admission into the MHL to DBH pathway, complete the MHL program admissions application and indicate your interest in the MHL to DBH pathway in the application. MHL program admissions eligibility requirements are applicable to MHL to DBH pathway applicants.

Once a student is admitted and enrolled in the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) program, they will be informed by university officials on next steps for continuing into the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program during their enrollment.

When can I start the MHL to DBH pathway? Are admissions deadlines rolling?

To apply for admission into the MHL to DBH pathway,  you'll first apply for admission to the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL)program. The MHL has two (2) entry points, Fall and Spring I. The deadlines for admissions are not rolling. Upcoming deadlines are provided on the Admissions page.

Are any competency exams or test scores required for admission?
No competency examinations are required for admission.

What is the average degree completion time?

The recommended fastest completion time for both the MHL and DBH is four (4) years, approximately 1.5 years (18 months) to complete the MHL and 2.5 years (30 months) to complete the DBH.

An average pace to complete the Master of Healthcare Leadership (MHL) Program is two (2) years. To complete the MHL program in two (2) years, students must complete six (6) credit hours in each of the Fall, Spring I, and Spring II academic terms, three (3) credit hours in the first Summer term of enrollment, six (6) credits in the next Fall academic term, and one (1) credit each in the next Spring I, Spring II, and Summer terms.

The DBH degree requires completion of sixty (60) credits. Students have a maximum of five (5) years to complete the program. Courses are offered in 4 terms throughout the academic year, Fall, Spring I, Spring II, and Summer. One of our program’s strengths is its flexibility. Students may enroll in one (1) to three (3) classes per term. The degree completion timeline is contingent upon how many courses a student takes per term. Most of our students take two (2) to three (3) classes a semester, and at that rate they obtain their degree in an average of three (3) years.

Does my bachelor’s degree count towards the MHL?

In order to be eligible for admissions into CGI's MHL program, evidence of Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better and majoring in or at least 12 credit hours completed in science, allied health, pre-medicine, public health, public administration, business administration, health economics, health information systems, biotechnology, biostatistics, psychology, social work, sociology, nonprofit leadership and management, or a related field is required.

Credits earned in a bachelor’s program are not transferable to the MHL.

To learn more about admissions requirements and transfer admissions visit the

What is the faculty and student ratio?

The current faculty to student ratio at CGI is 10:1. The favorable ratio ensures that faculty are available to give each student the support they need to succeed within each course.

What is the minimum number of courses students are required to take per term?

Full-Time Enrollment (FTE) is three (3) semester credit hours or more per term. Part-Time Enrollment (PTE) is two (2) semester credit hours or less and no fewer than one (1) semester credit hour, per term. Additional information regarding MHL curriculum and credit hour requirements can be found on the MHL page.

How much does it cost to take one (1) course?

Tuition for one credit in the MHL, MHL, IBH, and TIC programs is $400. Military discounts are available. A three (3) credit course would be $1,200 at the standard rate.

For full details on tuition and fees, visit the Tuition page.

Do I have to pay the full program tuition at the start of the MHL or DBH program?

No, tuition is billed per academic term of enrollment and is based on the number of credit hours a student is enrolled in at the start of the academic term. Cummings Graduate Institute offers several payment programs to accommodate all budget types. The Cummings Graduate Institute Tuition Payment Programs offer zero-interest payment plans. Learn more about payment plan options on the Tuition page.

Can I enroll in the MHL to DBH pathway and a non-degree certificate program at the same time?

CGI refers to this concurrent enrollment. Concurrent programs are defined as two or more academic programs that may be pursued at the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) by a student resulting in completion of the requirements for two or more degree-seeking and or non-degree seeking programs. Enrollment in concurrent programs is regulated by CGI. Overlap of credits allowed (i.e., where credit hours can count towards more than one program) is governed by the Concurrent Program Enrollment Policy.

Visit the Concurrent Program Enrollment Policy to verify the requirements and steps for pursuing concurrent program enrollment at CGI as a prospective student, currently enrolled student, alumni, or withdrawn student. Concurrent enrollment questions can be directed to the Admissions office at

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