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    Applications are accepted year-round for the Online Master's Degree Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and students may start in any term.

    University of Cincinnati Graduate School Application − This is an online application to the University of Cincinnati and includes an application fee.  

    To access the online application, go to grad.uc.edu and click on the Apply menu item.  

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The University of Cincinnati is moving to a new application system effective with Fall 2016 applications. This page will be updated as needed when the new system comes online. The instructions below pertain specifically to applications for Spring and Summer 2016.

    Be sure to select the correct program during the application process (Medical Education (Curr and Instr)-Distance Learning / Award Area:  MEd)Applications to an incorrect program cannot be transferred and will require a second application to the correct program with payment of another application fee .  

    The following items must be uploaded as part of the electronic application: 

    • One-page admission essay − This essay should address your current interest and involvement in medical education, your experience in planning, conducting, and/or evaluating educational research, and your future career goals.
    • Curriculum vitae   
    • NEW REQUIREMENT: Unofficial Transcripts - Upload unofficial transcripts directly into the application. A transcript is required from any college/university you receive a degree from. An unofficial transcript can be a course record you download directly from the college or an actual transcript that is mailed to you that you scan in and upload. It should include the name of the University, your name, a list of the courses you took, when you took them, how many credits or points each course was worth, and the grade you earned on each course.  

      Official Transcripts - Your application will be reviewed based on your unofficial transcripts. If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to order official transcripts to be sent to us directly from each of the colleges/universities within a few weeks. An official transcript is one that comes to us directly from the University in a sealed envelope or via an email or e-script service that the college or university uses. If you attended a non-US college or university, and the college provided you with a set number of transcripts upon graduation, please contact us. We can accept one original copy with seals and stamps as an official copy. Under no circumstances can we accept a photocopy, scan, or printout as an official transcript.

      If you prefer, you can have official transcripts sent to us at any time - you do not have to wait until you are accepted into the program. This does not negate the need to upload an unofficial version to the application itself. If you do not have an unofficial transcript to upload to the application, but you have ordered your official transcript to be sent to us, please let us know and we can scan and email you a copy of the transcript so that you can upload it to the application.

      Please note that if the grades or other critical information in your official transcript does not match the information on your unofficial transcript, your acceptance will be revoked.
    • Two professional letters of recommendation for admission into this Master's program.  Generic recommendations, recommendations for admission to fellowship or residency programs, or recommendations for employment are not suitable. Personal recommendations are not appropriate.


      • You must provide information about who your recommenders are; the online application system will email each of them a link so that they can securely upload their recommendation letters. 
        • One recommendation should be from your division director, chief, fellowship director, or other supervisor and should address the reasons for his or her support for your application. If you are moving into a new position, the recommendation should be from your new director or supervisor.
        • The second recommendation may be from a colleague, former director or supervisor, former attending or preceptor, or other professional of your choosing who can speak to your involvement/interest/skills/etc. within the medical education field.

    If you are required to submit GRE and / or TOEFL scores, see below for additional information.  When you take the test, select the "University of Cincinnati" as the institution that should receive the electronic grades. If you took the test previously, go to ets.org/gre or ets.org/toefl and log into your account to request the scores be submitted to the University of Cincinnati or to order another copy of your scores.

  • GRE scores are not required for the following applicants:

    • Those with a 3.0 GPA or higher in undergraduate or previous graduate work
    • Those with an MD, DO, PhD or similar with the assumption that the GRE, MCAT, or similar test was required for admission to that program

    If your GPA is under 3.0 and you are not otherwise exempt, you will be required to take the General GRE. Visit the ETS web site for test locations and to schedule a test or to obtain a copy of a previous test. When taking the test, the associated school your scores should be sent to is the University of Cincinnati/College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Learning/School of Education. If your scores are not available electronically through the University of Cincinnati, we will require the original test score report (it will be returned to you). Test scores are valid and accepted for five years after taking the test.

    The program is conducted entirely in English, primarily written English, and requires strong English composition skills.  It is our sincere goal to ensure that applicants are able to be successful in the program, and success requires the ability to understand and critique what others have written and for others to understand and critique what you have written.  Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a prior degree from an institution in an English-speaking country must show adequate to high proficiency in written English. This proficiency will be judged from TOEFL or IELTS scores, the one-page essay, and other communications with the program staff, including emails. English proficiency will not be judged based on scores alone.

    For IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient. Minimum required TOEFL iBT scores are as follows, but please note that for our program, we are particularly interested in the scores for Writing and Reading and would like those to be as high as possible. If you take the test via paper, the scoring is different, and the following do not apply. 

    • Total score - 80
    • Reading - 22
    • Writing - 24

    A list of exempt countries is available on UC's website. It may be possible also to request a waiver of the English Proficiency test requirement, but the applicant must be fluent in English.

    To start in this term

    All application materials must be received by

    Fall semester (August)

    June 1

    Spring semester (January)

    October 1

    Summer semester (May)

    February 1

    Admission is offered to qualified candidates regardless of race, age, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. The application process is non-competitive and applicants are accepted or rejected solely on the basis of academic and professional criteria. Applicants are officially notified of acceptance or denial by email. Interested individuals should direct inquiries to:

    Lea Alaee, Program Coordinator
    Division of General and Community Pediatrics
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, ML 2011
    3333 Burnet Ave.
    Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

    Phone: 513-636-4183
    Fax: 513-636-7247
    Email: lea.alaee@cchmc.org

  • Students Say...

    “The master’s program has had a profound effect on my career and helped me secure my current faculty position and role … as a medical education specialist.”

    Walter Eppich, MD
    Emergency Medicine
    Children’s Memorial Hospital