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Master of Science in Medical Education

Program Details

The 30-credit Master of Science in Medical Education Program is comprised of formal coursework and a final thesis project.

The Medical Education Master of Science Program curriculum map represents an overview of how the program prepares students to meet the each of the medical educator competencies. The curriculum is designed to introduce and reinforce each of the competencies through both required and elective courses.

All Master of Science trainees in the Medical Education Program enroll in 10 required courses that cover the fundamental aspects of the field of medical education. The total number of required credits ranges from 17 to 19 credits depending on the number of MEDEDU 2080 Master’s Thesis Research credits taken (trainees can enroll in 1 to 3 thesis research credits). Below are the required courses:

MEDEDU 2005 Computer Methods in Clinical Research
MEDEDU 2010 Clinical Research Methods
MEDEDU 2020 Biostatistics
MEDEDU 2040 Measurement in Clinical Research
MEDEDU 2080 Master’s Thesis Research
MEDEDU 2100 Enhancing Teaching Skills for Clinical Educators
MEDEDU 2111 Fundamentals of Adult Learning in Medical Education Part I
MEDEDU 2120 Professional Development
MEDEDU 2125: Assessment of Medical Learners
MEDEDU 2130 Curriculum Development
MEDEDU 2140 Medical Writing and Presentation Skills


Trainees choose elective coursework to reach the required 30 credits. These courses may be offered through the Medical Education or Clinical Research program.

Trainees pursuing the Master of Science in Medical Education are required to complete a substantive research project. This thesis requirement can take the form of a curriculum development project, survey research, qualitative research, or other type of research project. The trainee must be the principal investigator for their thesis project and plan to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal.

Tuition and Fees

The estimated cost of the two-year program for tuition and fees for a Pennsylvania resident is $34,410 and $54,600 for out-of-state residents. Information regarding tuition and mandatory University Fees is maintained by the University of Pittsburgh Office of Institutional Research.

Financial Aid

The Institute for Clinical Research Education does not provide financial aid. Unless students have other funding sources, they are responsible for covering the tuition costs, taxes, and fees associated with their course enrollment.

Many individuals accepted into the ICRE degree-granting programs have faculty-based or student-based affiliations with the University of Pittsburgh or University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Faculty, fellows, or medical residents at these institutions may be eligible for tuition benefits. For complete information, contact University of Pittsburgh Office of Human Resources or the UPMC Tuition Assistance Employee Service Center (1-800-994-2752; press option 3).

Medical Education Degree Programs Handbook

A comprehensive record of information relevant to the Degree Programs in Medical Education.

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