Online Masters Degree and Certificate Programs

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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. 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: 

    1. One-page essay − this essay should summarize your purpose and goals in entering the master of education program, especially as related to your current position and medical education. 
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Two letters of recommendation − you must provide information about who your recommenders are.  The online application system will email them a link so that they can securely upload their recommendation letters.  Both recommendation letters must speak to your professional goals and experience related to medical education and entering this program, and one will ideally be from your division head or fellowship director.

    The following items are also part of a completed application package, but are not uploaded to the online application system:  

    1. Official transcripts − Official transcripts from undergraduate AND graduate institutions that you list on your online application (any institution from which you were granted a degree; other institutions are optional). Transcripts should be mailed directly from the college / university to Lea Alaee in the program office.  Do not have transcripts sent directly to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School as this will greatly delay processing.  Minimum required GPA is 3.0 or higher on undergraduate or 3.2 on previous graduate work.  A waiver of the GPA requirement may be obtained with adequate GRE scores, but please consult with the program office in advance.
    2. GRE and / or TOEFL scores, if required − See below for additional information.  When you take the test, select the “University of Cincinnati” as the institution that should receive the electronic grades.
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    + GRE – Graduate Record Examination

    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.

    + International Students

    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.

    + Application Deadlines

    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 Notification

    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