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Master of Science program in Midwifery

Philadelphia University



The Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University was founded in 1996 by a group of midwifery educators as the Institute of Midwifery, Women, and Health. The Founding Board of Directors all had extensive experience in midwifery practice and education. They wanted to create an institution that would speak clearly on issues related to midwifery in the United States and that would be inclusive of all types of midwives in our country. The Midwifery Institute of Philadelphia University continues to have this focus.

The Institute offers an innovative midwifery model of distance learning. Our faculty exemplify the midwifery beliefs of caring, self-determination and involvement. Our small class size means continuity of care for your education. You're never lost in a crowd. You know your classmates and faculty. As an adult learner you take charge of your education, with our guidance and support. Our students manifest academic excellence, intellectual rigor and a passion for midwifery. From its inception, our school was designed as an on line distance learning program. The faculty are experienced distance educators who will help set you up for success!

The Institute offers a 2-year full time option and a 3-year part time option.

Applicants to this program are required to:

  • Submit a graduate studies application and program supplemental application along with a non-refundable $35 application fee
  • Submit a professional resume or CV
  • Be a registered nurse currently licensed in the state in which you work and/or in the state you plan to do clinical or successfully complete the CM Pathway.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in any discipline with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • Provide evidence of successful completion of a three-credit statistics course
  • Have a written agreement for clinical site placement with a qualified midwifery preceptor
  • Own a computer, have Internet access, and have basic computer skills to support learning in our distance learning environment
  • Submit two letters of reference from professionals who can attest to your character and abilities
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Submit a written essay according to program guidelines
  • Complete an interview with one of our faculty
  • Submit one of the following:
    • Official GRE Scores OR
    • Submit a writing sample following admission guidelines

    In addition, one year of work experience relevant to midwifery is strongly recommended. Qualified applicants will be granted a telephone interview by a Philadelphia University faculty member. The Admissions Committee also requires an interview conducted by your midwifery preceptor in reviewing your application for admission.


    The M.S. in Midwifery, Post-Master's Certificate, and CM pathway courses are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. The most recent program accreditation runs from May, 2008 through June, 2015. Philadelphia University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

    Accreditation Information

    Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education

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