Online Masters Degree and Certificate Programs

  • Frequently Asked Questions - Pre-Application / Program Consideration

    The Online Master’s Degree Program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides answers to frequently asked questions about pre-application / program consideration:

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    + What are your prerequisites for application?

    You must have at least a bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and you must be in some way involved with medical education or educational research or be moving toward a role in medical education or educational research. “Medical education” can be interpreted broadly, but does not include K-12 health education.

    + I’m not a physician, can I apply?

    Yes, the program is not only for physicians, but for anyone within healthcare who is involved in or interested in medical education and / or educational research. Our students have included physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, sports trainers, researchers, administrators, house staff personnel and others involved in a variety of positions with educational responsibilities within a healthcare environment.

    + I’m a nurse teaching high school health education, can I apply?

    K-12 teaching has licensure requirements that our program will not satisfy. Additionally, our program is focused more on adult education within a healthcare environment and may not provide you with the tools you need for a traditional K-12 classroom or student population.

    + I’m currently a resident and would like to complete or start this program during my residency. Will that work?

    We do cautiously admit residents on a limited basis. There are two important considerations: time and the ability to perform teaching and research activities. One of your recommendation letters MUST be from your residency director and it must address these two issues and state that participation in the master’s program will be supported while the student is in residency. Be aware that many students who have attempted a graduate degree while in residency have found it to be more difficult than they had anticipated and often take longer to graduate than they had hoped.

    + Can this program help my career? What kind of a job can I get with it? Will I get a promotion or make more money?

    Most of our students are already involved in medical education and looking to enhance their skills to better perform their current job and progress in their career path.  If you are seeking an MEd to teach nursing or allied health at the college level, this program will provide you with an acceptable MEd for that purpose. 

    How this program will help your individual career will depend on your ambitions, goals, chosen career path and your institution’s policies. Due to the uniqueness of each student's situation, we are not able to predict with any certainty or provide specific guidance on how this program will benefit any specific applicant. Our students and graduates have collectively reported the following successes:

    • 164 national presentations
    • 52 publications
    • 21 educational grant awards ($4,250,000 direct)
    • 37 teaching awards
    • 6 promotions

    + How often do I have to travel to Cincinnati for this program?

    There is no travel required at all for our program. Everything from orientation through your final project defense is conducted using web-based technology. If you are ever in the Cincinnati area for any other reason, however, we would love the opportunity to meet you!

    + Can I finish the program in less than two years? Can it be completed in one year?

    Our curriculum is arranged so that the program cannot be completed in less than two years. It is optimized for a student who begins in the fall term – if two courses are taken each term, all coursework other than the final project can be completed in 5 semesters. The actual term of graduation will depend on how long it takes to complete the final project.

    Most of our students work full time. Physicians with busy clinic schedules and little or no protected time generally find it difficult to work two courses each term into their schedule. Because of this, the average time to complete the program is approximately three years.

    + Is the program accredited?

    Yes. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.

    + I’ve taken some courses from another program, can I transfer them in?

    Up to nine (9) credit hours may be transferred into the master’s program. The course must be a master’s-level course taken within the past five years, you must have earned at least a B grade, and it must closely match a course in our program. No more than three semester credit hours can be transferred in for any one course. If the course you took was more than three credit hours, only three credit hours will be applied.
    Please provide a course syllabus or detailed course description and an official transcript showing the term and year, course and grade.

    No credits may be transferred into the certificate program.

    + Will I have an adviser?

    Yes! If you are in the master’s program, you will have two advisers; if you are in the certificate program, you will have one:

    Program coordinator – The program coordinator provides advising assistance with applications, course selection, program progression, bill payment options, graduation, grades and all other administrative needs.

    Project adviser – Master’s students will be assigned a project adviser who will provide guidance and assistance for their final project and head the student’s master’s committee.  The project advisor is selected by the student and program office based on the student's research project idea and needs.

    + Is there any indication on the transcript or degree that the program is an online or distance learning program?

    No. There is no indication on the transcript, the diploma, or the actual certificate that the program or any coursework was completed via distance learning or online.