Master of Medical Humanities


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Program Description

Due to COVID-19:

  • GRE/GMAT standardized testing requirements will be optional for all “Masters” programs.
  • This waiver only applies to the Fall 2020 entering class
  • International students are still required to submit passing scores on the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE tests in order to meet the English language proficiency requirement.
  • We are always available for one on one online consultation.

About the Program

Humanizing healthcare is the mission of the Medical Humanities program at Drew University. The curriculum melds academic inquiry with real-world experience to prepare students for careers throughout the healthcare industry. Students participate in practicums at hospitals, non-profits, and other healthcare organizations throughout the greater New York City region. Close faculty mentorship guides graduate students through rigorous research and practical experience, which prepares them for careers as healthcare professionals and advocates.

Master of Medical Humanities (33 credits)

Requires the completion of ten courses plus thesis. Five courses (Introduction to Medical Humanities and Humanism, Bioethics, Introduction to Medical Narrative, Medical Anthropology, and Masters Practicum/Internship) are required. The five remaining courses are taken as seminar electives. All Master of Medical Humanities students must prepare a three-credit thesis of 50-75 pages.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Master of Medical Humanities complete 33 credit hours from Medical Humanities listings, as well as approved courses from other Drew programs.

I. Required Courses (18 credits)
  • MDHM 799 - Introduction to Medical Humanities
  • MDET 801 - Biomedical Ethics
  • MDNR 802 - Introduction to Narrative Medicine
  • MDSM 830 - Medical Anthropology
  • MDHM 900 - Clinical Practicum
  • MDHM 906 - Research Design and Methodology
II. Electives (12 credits)
  • Choose from existing Medical Humanities courses, as well as courses from the Caspersen School or Theological School with approval of the advisor.
III. Thesis (3 credits)
  • MDHM 990 - Master’s Thesis Preparation

Admission Requirements

  • Start Terms: Fall
  • Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Application Requirements:
  • For M.M.H., a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Essay response/writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview (optional)
  • $35 Application fee
International Applicants

We invite you to join Drew’s international community of global citizen students from dozens of countries around the world.

The idea of studying in another country is exciting. We know that it also might feel overwhelming, but we are here to help you through the process. Much of the information you’ll need is here, but never hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need more support.

Supplemental Application Requirements

Provide Supporting Application Materials

In addition to submitting all specific program application materials, international students need to provide additional documents that will help evaluate your candidacy for admission.

  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores
    • International applicants whose first language is not English and who have received their Bachelor’s degree from a foreign university, even if English was the language of instruction, must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The Data Analytics program has minimum requirements: TOEFL – 80 with 18 subscores/IELTS – 6.5 with 6.0 subscores. These scores must be current within 2 years of the semester you are applying to.
    • Use Code 2193, Department 21
  • TOEFL Waiver
    • Applicants that have completed a previous degree at an accredited institution where English is the language of instruction may request a waiver.
  • Transcript Evaluation
    • Applicants are encouraged to have international transcripts evaluated from a NACES member credential evaluation service organization.


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Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Located just a 50-minute train ride away from the powerhouse world capital of New York City, Drew’s beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey is home to the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies ... Read More

Located just a 50-minute train ride away from the powerhouse world capital of New York City, Drew’s beautiful, wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey is home to the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and Drew Theological School. Be they teachers, poets, doctors, ministers, scholars, community leaders, activists or lifelong learners, graduates of Drew’s professional and academic graduate programs have a humanistic, creative and ethical way of thinking and working. Read less