Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Health Professions Education degree program at Michigan State University is run by two nationally-ranked colleges at MSU: the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Education. The purpose of the program is to teach a broad summary of both education and administration leadership skills that will be useful and relevant to clinical educators in different health environments.

There is no set time constraint for completing this program. However, part-time students may take no less than one course per semester. Students must be enrolled in at least one class each semester to remain in this program.

Students will participate in ten courses, totaling 30 credit hours. Both Health Professional Education and Capstone Course for the Health Professions are required courses. Students may then choose eight additional courses from an approved list. A final examination/evaluation will be administered at the end of the program.

Graduates of this program will be able to involve technology in teaching and learning, plan programs for the healthcare system, and enhance organizational efficiency through available resources and other health care assets.

In order to thrive in this program, students are expected to bring their experiences and abilities into the online program to share with faculty and peers. Individuals must fully interact and participate in discussions and classes.

After successfully completing this program, students will be prepared for leadership careers in healthcare organizations, professional societies and academia. Some of these positions include training directors, public policy directors, department chairs, deans, or clinical training directors.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


    Students must possess an unlimited (or unrestricted) license to practice as a healthcare professional or be an active participant in a postgraduate training program in a healthcare profession in the United States.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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