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.


To start in this term

All application materials must be received by

Fall semester (August)

July 1

Spring semester (January)

November 1

Summer semester (May)

March 1

ONLINE APPLICATION LINKS (applications must be completed online):

As part of the application process, you will create an account. You can sign back into your account to revise your application at any time prior to submitting it. You can also check the status of your application and pay your application fee through the Self-Service Center.

Click here for Graduate School Application

  • US citizens select "Domestic Applicants" and then the program "Medical Education (Curr & Instruction) - Distance Learning, Master of Education." The application fee is $65.
  • Non-US citizens select "International Applicants" and then the program "Medical Education (Curr & Instruction) - Distance Learning, Master of Education." The application fee is $70.


  • 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   
  • 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.
    • Note: If your transcript does not include a GPA (eg your medical school courses were graded pass/fail), you can enter either 0.0 or 4.0 for your GPA where requested on the application.
  • Official Transcripts AFTER acceptance - 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 with proof of degree from the colleges/universities from which you earned a degree to be sent to the Graduate School (not the program office) within a few weeks. An official transcript is one that comes directly from the University in a sealed envelope or through an electronic transcript service or registrar’s email. Information on where to send your official transcript will be sent with your acceptance email. If your transcript does not list the degree earned and the date it was earned, you must also request proof of degree (in English) to be sent with the transcript. This may be a separate degree certificate or other documentation proving that you earned the degree. 
    • Please note that if the official transcript does not match the unofficial transcript you uploaded (grades, degree, or other critical information), 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.
    • You can enter in more than two recommenders if you like. We require two (2) recommendation letters to be submitted for your application. If you are concerned that one of your recommenders may not submit the recommendation in a timely manner, you can add an additional recommender. If only two submit letters on your behalf, we will review your application with those two. If all three (or more) submit letters, we will review all recommendations submitted.
  • Test scores, if applicable. If you are required to submit TOEFL scores, see the International Students section 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 within the past five (5) years, go to and log into your account to request the scores be submitted to the University of Cincinnati or to order another copy of your scores.
  • Payment of application fee. After you submit your application, an invoice will be generated. You must pay application fee before your application can be considered for review.

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. Course papers and the final project paper are expected to be written at a graduate academic level, free from typical errors of grammar, spelling and construction.

Applicants whose native language is not English and who are not US naturalized citizens must show high proficiency in written English. If proof of English proficiency is required, it will show as a requirement in your application. Acceptable methods of demonstrating proficiency include one of the following:

  1. A prior degree from an English-language university or college in an exempt country. A list of exempt countries can be found on the Graduate School website. Please note that Quebec is not exempt.
  2. English proficiency test scores, preferably from TOEFL or IELTS, within the past five (5) years. The following are the minimum test scores we look for:
  • TOEFL internet-based test: score of 94 overall, with 22 for Reading and 24 for Writing
  • IELTS: band scores of 7 for Reading, Writing and Overall

English proficiency will not be judged based on test scores alone; we will also consider your admissions essay and other communications with the program staff, including emails.

Requirement Waiver: If you have passed the USMLE, we can request a waiver of this requirement – please upload your scores into your application. Waivers are not approved based on living and working in the US or other English-language country, or any other documentation of English proficiency in lieu of the above requirements. For more information, please see the Graduate School webpage on International Student Admission.

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:

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

Phone: 513-636-4501
Fax: 513-636-7247

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