How to Apply


The program is designed for people who are:

  • interested in a distance learning type program that allows them to work on their degree from where they currently live/work;
  • able to use their own past and future professional context as part of the educational experience as evidence of competence (i.e., developing a course, evaluating a curriculum, writing a grant proposal);
  • self-directed in their education and development;
  • interested in contributing positively to a learning community by interacting and collaborating with other learners.

To be considered for the MHPE program, applicants must:

  • possess a degree in one of the health professions (i.e., medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, social work, public health, etc);
  • be practicing in a professional educator role (or have a clear professional trajectory in health professions education);
  • have support (or acknowledgment) from his/her home organization;
  • be proficient with English language. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency through submission of English Language Test scores.

Admissions Application

To submit your admissions application, complete the online application through ApplyWeb.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents via the online application:

  1. Cover Letter addressed to the MHPE Admissions Committee explaining the applicant’s rationale and qualifications for applying to the program.
  2. Personal Statement addressing your professional focus in the field of education, how this degree will contribute to your professional goals and how you would contribute to the learning community within the MHPE program.
  3. Current Curriculum Vitae or resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors or peers that have observed and can comment on your educational work. These letters should address your capability to work independently, how you would benefit from a Masters level degree in Health Professions Education and your ability to participate in a collaborative community of scholars.
  5. Letter of support from your Department Chair or other senior department leader acknowledging your participation in the program and support of your plans to pursue your learning through work-related activities.

Application Deadline

Applicants for Summer and Fall start dates should apply in late spring for priority consideration and planning of logistics. However, the MHPE program uses a rolling admissions process which allows applicants to apply throughout the year. Applications are reviewed by our admissions committee when they are received.

For information regarding the application process, please contact the MHPE Program Manager by sending an email to [email protected] or calling (734) 936-1678.

International Applicants

The MHPE program is designed for busy practitioners who are unable to leave their workplace for residential courses. Our program would fit very well with international students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree without having to come to the United States.

In addition to the requirements listed on the Admissions page, international students must:

  1. be fluent in conversational, day-to-day English
  2. have strong technical reading and writing skills to meet requirements of the program
  3. Submit the results from one of the following English Language Tests. The test score submitted must be a satisfactory score and must be less than two years old.  When sending the TOEFL scores, use the University code 1839
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

If all the above criteria are met and the Applicant is admitted into the program, the University of Michigan requires international students to provide an Affidavit of Financial Support.