Bring your clinical leadership to the classroom

Katie Murray, DO

Master of Science in Academic Medicine `18

Katie Murray balances her clinical practice with mentoring residents. Along with fine-tuning her mentoring skills, the online academic medicine program at the University of Missouri enhanced her writing capabilities. The program's course work helped Katie produce a successful grant that she is now using to improve the lives of her patients.

Alisa Hayes, MD

Master of Science in Academic Medicine `18

Alisa Hayes wanted to expand the research component of her work as a doctor in the emergency department. Since emergency medicine is a younger specialty, she needed a degree that would give her the tools and support to be successful. The University of Missouri School of Medicine's academic medicine program introduced her to mentors and peers that will help take her research to a new level.


Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Successful completion requires a minimum of 30 credit hours.

This program has two options for study:

  1. Clinical Education/Administration
  2. Clinical Research

Clinical Education/Administration students take F_C_MD 8491 Field Experience in Medical Education in their second year of study. Clinical Research students take F_C_MD Research in Community Health instead of the field experience course.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Year 1

F_C_MD 8422 Clinical Research Methods IX  
STAT 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health SciencesXXX
F_C_MD 8423 Clinical Research Methods II X 
F_C_MD 8411 Learning Strategies in Preclinical & Clinical Educ. of Physicians X 
F_C_MD 8420 Principles of Epidemiology  X

Year 2

F_C_MD 7310 The Health Care System X 
F_C_MD 7350 Special Readings in Community HealthXXX
F_C_MD 7400 Problems in Community HealthXXX
F_C_MD 8410 Principles and Practices in Medical EducationX  
F_C_MD 8430 Applications of Evidence-Based Medicine I1X  
F_C_MD 8431 Applications of Evidence-Based Medicine II1 X 
F_C_MD 8491 Field Experience in Family and Community Medicine2  X
F_C_MD 8450 Research in Community Health2  X

1Prerequisites for F_C_MD 8430 and 8431: Students must have completed Stat 7020 Statistical Methods in the Health Sciences and F_C_MD Principles of Epidemiology prior to enrolling in this course or request consent of instructor. F_C_MD 8430 and 8431 are stand-along courses and can be taken in any order.

2Select either F_C_MD 8491 or 8450 depending on your career track/focus.

Note For courses that require a course consent request form, please visit for permission.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Board-certified or board-eligible physicians who have already received MD, DO, MBBS or equivalent degrees may apply. Typically, physicians have completed residency training in their primary specialty prior to enrollment, but current residents may apply with the permission of their program director.
    • Physicians in clinical or academic fellowship programs (or both) are also welcome to apply. Prospective students with other doctoral and graduate degrees will also be considered (MSW, MPH, DC, etc.).
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 59 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 180.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application dates

    To start classes in Apply by Classes begin
    Fall July 15 August
    Spring Nov. 15 January
    Summer April 15 June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional.
    • Personal statement of research goals and interests.
    • Curriculum vitae or résumé.
    • Verification from residency program or other relevant post-graduate training.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
    • Additionally, you will undergo a phone interview.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Application type: Master’s Program
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Academic Medicine-Distance (MS)

    Apply Here

This program is administered by the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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