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Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education


Application Deadline | Minimum Admission Requirements | Required Application MaterialsApplication Steps | International Students

The University of Washington’s Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education is designed for those who want expertise in the use of simulation-based teaching and learning to train healthcare professionals.

The ideal student for this program is a healthcare professional with a bachelor’s degree and a current role in education, but the curriculum is designed for students with a range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds and interests.

Application Deadline

A new cohort of the program begins in the autumn quarter. Applications will open in October for the following September start.

The regular application deadline is March 31, 2024. After the regular deadline, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 graded semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits
  • Demonstrated English-language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Required Application Materials

✔ UW Graduate School online application and fee
✔ Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended for undergraduate or graduate study
✔ Resume or curriculum vitae
✔ Statement of purpose
Signed practicum agreement with home simulation center
✔ Three letters of recommendation
✔ Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language

Note: GRE scores are NOT required.

Application Steps

To apply to the Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education program, you’ll submit your application materials online through the UW Graduate School website. We recommend you begin your application early in order to complete all requirements on time.

Step One: Prepare to Apply

  • Get transcripts from each college or university attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies for each post-secondary college or university you’ve attended, regardless of whether you earned a degree there. Current or former University of Washington students must include a UW transcript.
  • Update your resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Prepare your statement of purpose. This statement should address the following:
    1. Motivation, research experience and academic background.
      • What are you interested in studying, and what sparked your desire to pursue graduate studies? What is your career goal? What motivates you?
    2. Research and faculty interests.
      • As part of this program, you will have the opportunity to work under the mentorship of leading members in the field of health simulation as you conduct an independent research capstone project. What topics in healthcare simulation science are most interesting to you and you would like to research further?
      • After reviewing our program's simulation experts, please identify three simulation experts who share your research interests.
    3. Other information you feel is relevant to your success in this program.
  • Identify three people who can recommend you to the program. You should choose references who can judge your capacity to thrive in the healthcare simulation education field.
    • For applicants who are currently working in the field, one of the letters must come from your current supervisor. For other applicants, we recommend that one of the letters be from a leader of the local simulation center where you intend to complete your summer practicum.
    • You'll need the email addresses of your references for the Graduate School application. They'll each be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they'll submit their recommendations.
  • Make arrangements to complete your practicum at a host simulation center. See the Simulation Center Practicum page for information about finding a host site. You’ll need to submit the Host Site Agreement form, in addition to your three recommendations.

Step Two: Apply

1. Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

2. In the Program Selection tab, choose these options:

  • Select your application type: Graduate
  • Narrow your search: By Degree
  • Filter by degree: Master's
  • Select your program: Healthcare Simulation Science Educational Design

3. Upload all required documents.

4. Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application. 

Step Three: Interviews

If you’re selected to advance in the admissions process, you’ll be asked to interview (virtually, via Zoom) with members of the admissions committee.

International Students

The Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Education is an online program with an in-person practicum. Because no visa is required to attend for online courses, international applicants are welcome to apply, provided they can make arrangements with an approved site in their home country to complete their practicum.

International applicants must meet all admission requirements for the program. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The UW Graduate School’s Policy 3.2 describes several ways to do this. Test scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.

If you have any questions about applying as an international student, please contact us before you begin your application.