Master's Program in Education

About the Master of Arts in Education at UC Berkeley

UCSF has a collaborative relationship with the 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, fellows, residents, and students can be eligible for reduced-fee tuition at UC Berkeley.
  • Candidates must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in either the Pathway to Discovery in Health Professions Education or the Teaching Scholars Program and 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.
Grad Year Name Department Thesis Title Entry Year
2021 (Anticipated) Tomas Diaz, MD Emergency Medicine Skin tone and gender differences in medical student emergency medicine evaluations 2020
2021 (Anticipated) April Edwell, MD Pediatrics Race in Graduate Medical Education 2020
2021 (Anticipated) Stephanie Hsia, PharmD Clinical Pharmacy Program Evaluation of a Health Equity Curriculum for Pharmacy Students 2020
2021 (Anticipated) Margaret Robinson, MD Pediatrics Autonomy and Supervision in Post-Graduate Medical Training 2020
2021 (Anticipated) Julia Shalen, MD Pediatrics EPA Assessments and Self-regulated learning 2020
2020 (Anticipated) Lindsey Haddock, MD Medicine Co-Learning: How Faculty and Trainees Learn Together in the Workplace 2019
2020 (Anticipated) Nicole Munz, DO Emergency Medicine Assessing emergency medicine residents' procedural competency 2019
2020 (Anticipated) Nina Zhao, MD Otolaryngology Evidence for Response Process and Consequential Validity of the SIMPL Assessment for Operative Feedback 2019
2019 Sam Brondfield, MD, MA Medicine Cognitive Load in Inpatient Consult Residents and Fellows: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Methods Study 2018
2019 Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD, MA Clinical Pharmacy A Characterization of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Readiness by Faculty, Preceptors, and Students 2018
2019 Jillian Mongelluzzo, MD, MA Emergency Medicine Standardized Letters of Evaluation: Evaluating the Assessment of Performance Based on Gender and Race/Ethnicity of Residency Applicants in Emergency Medicine 2018
2019 Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MA Medicine Distributed Cognition in the “Open” Intensive Care Unit: Barriers & Affordances of This Clinical Learning Environment 2017
2018 Emily Abdoler, MD, MAEd Medicine Therapeutic Reasoning Underlying Antibiotic Choice 2017
2018 Courtney Green, MD, MAEd Surgery Robotics in the Operating Room: How does this new technology influence skill acquisition and how can educators ensure they keep up? 2016
2018 Mindy Ju, MD, MA Pediatrics Health Professionals' Perception of Leadership Based on Gender and Professional Background 2017
2016 Brian Gin, MD, PhD, MA Pediatrics Item response theory for dyadic data 2015
2016 Daphne Lo, MD, MAEd Medicine Positive Interprofessional Workplace Learning Environments: Psychological safety on an inpatient interprofessional team 2015
2015 Mark Dellinges, DDS, FACP, MA Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences Will a Short Training Session Improve In-House Multiple Choice Item-Writing by Dental School Faculty? 2013
2015 Leslie Floren, PharmD, MA Bioengineering HealthWISE: Adverse Drug Reaction Basics, Creation and Evaluation of a WISE Learning Module for Pharmacists in Training 2013
2014 Emily Huang, MD, MA Surgery From Novice to Master Surgeon: Improving Feedback with a Descriptive Approach to Intraoperative Assessment 2012
2013 Sandra Oza, MD, MA Medicine Medical Students’ Use of Collaborative Communication During an Interprofessional Standardized Patient Encounter 2012
2012 Natalie Burman, DO, MA Pediatrics Lifelong Learning and Self-Directed Learning: The Importance of Cognitive and Metacognitive Skills 2011
2012 Kristie White, MD, MA 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, MD, MA Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences The Development and Evaluation of a Measurement Tool to Assess a Provider's Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication Skills 2010
Additional Resources

For more information contact Program Director Dr. Christy Boscardin, or Program Coordinator Maria Pappas at