Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Degree

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree reflect the emphasis on integrating epidemiology and clinical practice. Individuals admitted into the program must have an advanced degree in medicine, nursing, or another health-related field, from an accredited college or university. They also must have advanced clinical training in any specialty or subspecialty of medicine, or its equivalent in another health-related discipline. Those without experience in health-related fields will find the program difficult and perhaps inappropriate, as they are designed to convey methodological skills that students can apply to their own health-related area of interest. On rare occasions, individuals with a strong background in biomedical science or another health-related area may be admitted without such a degree or training.

Without exception, applicants will be required to have in-depth prior experience in a clinical discipline or in some other health-related content area before beginning this training. Applicants should be committed to careers in medical and health services research. It is expected that only applicants with outstanding academic records will be accepted into the program.


Application Procedures for the MSCE Program:

The official application season for the MSCE program is August 1 through December 1.

Please note: The MSCE program has a July start date of due to course sequencing. As courses start in the Summer term, we do not have Fall or Spring entry dates. At this time we do not offer distance learning or on-line classes.

Please direct all questions regarding admissions to the Office of Graduate Training in Epidemiology via email at: Please be sure to state your question is pertaining to the MSCE program.

  1. Complete the Online Inquiry Form:
  2. After you have completed the online inquiry form, the Office of Graduate Training in Epidemiology may request additional information regarding your credentials. These initial materials will be reviewed and you will be contacted about whether or not to proceed with a full application.

  3. Submit an application that will include:
  4. Interviews
    Upon submission of all above materials, applicants will be contacted to complete interviews with two or more epidemiology faculty members.

All materials must be in by December 1st to be considered for the upcoming academic year.

Application Review
The Admissions Committee review process will take place after interviews have been completed. Applications are reviewed by the Clinical Epidemiology Unit's admissions committee. It is expected that a MSCE applicant will receive notification about their admission on or before March 31.


Funding for the MSCE program:

We do not have tuition waivers of any kind.
The tuition is the responsibility of the applicant. Currently tuition and fees for full time students for the full two year program will be approximately $90,000 (year one in the program will be approximately $52,000 based on an 8 course unit plan, and year two in the program will be approximately $39,000 based on an 6 course unit plan). This does not include books, supplies, living, or travel expenses.

The Clinical Epidemiology Unit manages a limited number of NIH T32 training grants and industry funds used to cover standard NIH PGY stipend and partial tuition for MSCE students. The faculty/staff tuition benefit program at the University of Pennsylvania is also an option for those with faculty or staff appointments at the University of Pennsylvania or the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Academic success and future career aspirations are all taken into account when considering an application for potential funding support.

The Office of Student Financial Services provides students with information on student expenses and billing, processes financial aid applications, awards financial assistance, and administers the Penn Plan payment programs. The Office address is:

Room 100 Franklin Building
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania reserve the right to increase tuition and fees and to otherwise amend the regulations concerning tuition and fees at any time and to make such changes applicable to students in the University at that time.


Joint Degree Applications:

The application and admission process for the MD/MSCE degree program are administered by the Office of Combined Degree Programs of the University of Pennsylvania, in cooperation, as appropriate, with the Admissions Committees for the School of Medicine, and the CCEB. More information about the application process for the MD/MSCE degree program can be obtained directly from the Office of Combined Degree Programs:

Suite 100, Edward J. Stemmler Hall
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6087
215-898-8025 (voice)
215-898-0833 (fax)
MD/MSCE website


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