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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

Master's Degree in Education

About the Master of Arts in Education at UC Berkeley

UCSF has a collaborative relationship with University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education to offer a Master of Arts in Education. The program prepares individuals in the research methodologies needed to undertake research studies in health professions education. Students receive mentoring from faculty in the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and the UCSF Center for Faculty Educators. In order to participate in this program, you must be a current UCSF faculty, fellow, or resident. 


  • Develop a basis in cognition and research methods appropriate to health professions education.
  • Develop depth in the educational literature to guide research questions.

More about the Program

  • In order to participate in this program, you must be a current UCSF faculty, fellow, or resident.
  • The application deadline is December 1 of the year preceding enrollment.
  • The GRE is waived for applicants who hold a professional degree.
  • UCSF faculty, students and students can be eligible for reduced-fee tuition at UC Berkeley.
  • Candidates who have completed either the Pathway to Discovery in Health Professions Education or the Teaching Scholars Program may be eligible for 6 credits toward their MA degree.
  • UCSF faculty from the Center for Faculty Educators provide mentoring to MA candidates from UCSF.
  • Pre-application consultation needs to be completed prior to application submission to UC Berkeley.

For more information contact Program Director Dr. Christy Boscardin or Program Coordinator Holly Nishimura.


Name Department Thesis Title Entry
  Brian Gin, MD Department of Pediatrics   2015
  Daphne Lo, MD Department of Medicine   2015
2015 Mark Dellinges, DDS, FACP, MA Department of Preventive and Restrorative Dental Sciences Will a Short Training Session Improve In-House Multiple Choice Item-Writing by Dental School Faculty? 2013
2015 Leslie Floren, PharmD Department of Bioengineering HealthWISE: Adverse Drug Reaction Basics, Creation and Evaluation of a WISE Learning Module for Pharmacists in Training 2013
2014 Emily Huang, MD, MA Department of Surgery From Novice to Master Surgeon: Improving Feedback with a Descriptive Approach to Intraoperative Assessment 2012
2013 Sandra K. Oza, MD, MA Department of Medicine Medical Students’ Use of Collaborative Communication During an Interprofessional Standardized Patient Encounter 2012
2012 Natalie Burman, DO, MA Department of Pediatrics Lifelong Learning and Self-Directed Learning: The Importance of Cognitive and Metacognitive Skills 2011
2012 Kristie White, MD, MA Department of Pathology Development of an Assessment Tool Using the Web-Based Science Environment (WISE) to Determine Diagnostic Neuropathology Competency: A Practical Model for Pathology Residency Training 2011
2012 Sarah Wilson, M.D., M.A. Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences The Development and Evaluation of a Measurement Tool to Assess a Provider's Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication Skills 2010