Diabetes Education and Management MS

Master of Science (M.S.) in Diabetes Education and Management


The program of study leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) in Diabetes Education and Management is designed for clinically prepared individuals who wish to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the increased demand for comprehensive, evidence-based, safe, and effective diabetes care.

Graduates in the M.S. degree program are continuing on for further advanced degrees; taking leadership roles in diabetes and chronic disease management programs; developing diabetes education programs; and becoming Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE) and Board Certified Advanced Diabetes Managers (BS-ADM).

Master of Science

  • Major Code: DEDM
  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling
* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Registration and licensure document in a health professional field required
  • Statement of Purpose should include any experience in Diabetes Education and certification

Admission Requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate Degree in relevant field from regionally accredited higher education institution
  • Preparation in one of the areas eligible to take the Certified Diabetes Educator Certification Examination (please visit www.ncbde.org for a full list).
  • Academic qualifications consistent with graduate school, including undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • If an applicant’s native language is not English, or if an applicant received his/her baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the official language of instruction, he/she must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam. This requirement is in effect regardless of where the applicant received a prior graduate degree (if any).
  • Admission to the Diabetes Education and Management Master of Science degree program is also based upon adequacy and relevance of academic preparation; evidence of registration, licensure, or certification in one of the fields mentioned above; relevance of prior professional experience and related activities; and potential to benefit from additional professional preparation in diabetes education and management. Writing is an integral part of any graduate program, especially one that is solely online. Admission to and success in the DEDM program are contingent upon evidence of advanced writing skills.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Copies of registration, licensure, or certification in clinical psychology, nursing (registered nurses only), occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, dietetics, physician assistant, or exercise physiology
  • Two or three letters of recommendation (preferably from an academic professor)
  • Written personal essay of a few pages that includes your interest in diabetes, your experience as a diabetes educator, if any, and your career goals
  • Resumé

View our Program Guide for more information.

Applicants who would like to be considered for TC Scholarship must complete the scholarship application along with the program application. The TC Scholarship application final deadline is April 15 (earlier is better).

Master of Science (36 Points)

The Master of Science in Diabetes Education and Management requires satisfactory completion of 36 course points and a master’s integrative project. The program may be pursued full-time or part-time. Part-time students are encouraged to take at least 6 credits per semester to ensure timely completion of the program.

Required Diabetes Related Core Courses  (18 points):

  • HBSD 4110     Behavior change strategies for diabetes prevention and management (3)
  • HBSD 4120     Pathophysiology of diabetes and its related complications (3)
  • HBSD 4130     Assessment of the person with diabetes (3)
  • HBSD 4140     Preventive and therapeutic interventions in diabetes management (3)
  • HBSD 4150     Diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs:  Development, implementation, and evaluation (3)
  • HBSD 4160     Pharmacology of Diabetes (3)

Additional Required Core Courses

  • HBSS 5110     Determinants of health behavior (3)
  • HBSS 5040     Research methods in health and behavior studies I (3)

Multicultural Requirement (3 Credits):

HBSS 4114 or a similar course (with permission from the student's advisor) can be taken for the multicultural requirement. 

  • HBSS 4114     Competency in multi-cultural populations (3)

Elective Courses (for a total of 9 points):

Health (3-6 credits):

Choose at least one from the following:

  • HBSS 4001     Health provider communications (3)
  • HBSS 4118     Principles of health-related behavioral and social change (3)
  • HBSS 5116     Social relations, emotions, and health (3)
  • HBSV 4000     Introduction to nutrition: Facts, fallacies, and trends (3)
  • BBSR 5095     Exercise and health (3)

Education and Human Development (3-6 credits):

Choose at least one from the following:

  • ORLD 4050     Introduction to adult and continuing education  (3)
  • ORLD 4051     How adults learn (3)
  • ORLD 4827     Fostering transformative learning (3)
  • HUDK 4029     Human cognition and learning  (3)
  • HUDK 4023     Developmental psychology: Adolescence (3) 
  • HBSD 5900     Independent Study (3)

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