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Information for Applicants

The University of Houston offers a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction that focuses on Teaching and Learning for Health Sciences Education and a 4 course Certificate Program in Integrating Innovative Technologies in Health Science Education. Courses are taught by full-time UH faculty from the College of Education and all classes for the master's and certificate programs may be completed online, Some courses include optional face-to-face class meetings which are held one evening per week in the Texas Medical Center.

In 2013, we began offering a 51-credit-hour Executive Doctorate in Professional Leadership. More details about the doctorate may be found at:

Students must complete a minimum of 10 courses (30 semester hours) to earn a master’s degree, and the program can usually be completed in two years by enrolling in the two courses we offer at the Medical Center each fall, spring and summer semesters. So, most students take two courses per semester for six semesters in a row to complete the course requirements in two years.

In addition to the required 30 semester credit hours of coursework, a capstone project is required. Students who are interested in completing a master's thesis while earning the degree may choose to complete the 10 master's courses and enroll in two additional master's thesis courses while they complete the master's thesis.

Online Only Program
Beginning in 2013, all of the courses in the master's program could be taken online, However, some courses included optional face-to-face class meetings and students who lived in the Houston area were encouraged to attend those classes when they were held. Please Note: Beginning in 2014, all courses in the Master's degree program are only offered online and no face-to-face classes are currently being scheduled.


Spring semester courses typically begin in early to mid January and end in early May.

Summer semester courses typically begin around the first of June and end in late July or early August.

Fall semester courses typically begin around the end of August and end in early December.

A complete list of courses that we offer in the program each semester may be found at:

Beginning with the spring 2013 semester, all courses in the master's and certificate programs are offered totally online and students may earn the certificate and/or master's degree without having to attend face-to-face classes. However, some instructors may schedule optional face-to-face classes and students who are in the Houston area may choose to come to these class meetings if they are scheduled. In addition, students in the Houston area may also come to the UH campus to take a course, if they want to try to finish the program a little faster or would like to enroll in a specific course outside of the normal program offerings.

So, to summarize:

  • We have begun the transition to a totally online master's program;
  • In the near term, we plan to continue to offer some face-to-face classes, although some students may be online-only students;
  • All course content and course assignments will be available online so distance-only students may complete the program without coming to the Texas Medical Center or the Houston area;

However, during this transition period, we will encourage students who are in the Houston area to come to at least some face-to-face classes, when possible.

Please note: Beginning in 2014, all courses in the Master's degree program will only be offered online and no face-to-face classes are currently being offered.

Applying for Admission to ANY OF OUR GRADUATE Programs

Admissions applications must be submitted online through the UH Graduate School menu, at:

Step 1: Complete a graduate application for admissions.

Step 2: Review the information about fees, transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation and other required documents here

Step 3: Submit required documents online.

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Delandra Hampton
Department of Curriculum and Instruction Office: Room 256 Farish Hall
Phone: 713-743-6649

A limited number of transfer hours may be used in the Master's and Executive Doctoral Program. Decisions about the use of transfer hours are made after a student has been admitted to a degree program. Once a student is admitted, they will meet with their faculty advisor to determine which courses previously taken may be transferred.

The University of Houston does not accept experiential learning for graduate or professional transfer credit. In addition, the University of Houston does not accept non-credit work for transfer credit.

Applicants who have earned degrees from colleges and universities outside of the United States may need to apply as International Students and more information about International Admissions may be found online at: 

The certificate program consists of 4 courses (12 semester credit hours of coursework) and is designed to provide health care professionals with expertise that will aid them as educators facilitating student learning and as managers of education programs, including curriculum leadership and scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning. The four courses students complete in this certificate provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to create effective, educationally-sound, online learning environments for use in training environments and professional development for adult learners. All four of the courses taken in the Certificate program can be used towards the master’s degree, once a student has applied and been admitted to the Master's of Education degree program in Curriculum and Instruction. Completion of the Certificate program does not guarantee acceptance to any other graduate program, but successful completion of the Certificate as well as student work may be used as a factor in admissions consideration.

The application deadlines process for admission to the Certificate program is the similar to applying to the master’s program. More information may be found online at:

The exact cost of tuition and fees for University of Houston graduate courses changes each year, but as of 2013, the cost for Texas residents was between $1700 and $1800 per course or between $2550 and $2900 for two courses taken in the same semester.

Non-resident cost for tuition and fees was approximately $2550 to $2750 per course or between $4600 to $4800 for two courses taken in the same semester.

This information was last updated on September 22, 2016.

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