Information for Prospective Students

Graduate Program Descriptions

PhD in Clinical and Translational Science

The PhD in CTS is a 75 credit hour degree designed for individuals who wish to become full-fledged independent investigators in CTS. Students are expected to complete 19 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325), at least 12 credit hours of elective courses, and a minimum of 20 credit hours of supervised research. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS, complete a teaching requirement, successfully pass a comprehensive exam, and successfully complete and publicly defend a dissertation.

Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science

Concentration in Investigation

The Master's in CTS is a 31 credit hour degree designed for individuals who desire more intensive exposure to focused areas in CTS. Students are expected to complete 19 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325), 6 credit hours of electives, and 6 credit hours of supervised research. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS, successfully pass a comprehensive exam, and successfully complete and publicly defend a thesis. Applicants should have Doctoral Degrees, expertise in their specialties and desire the skills to succeed as Principal Investigators. Candidates will generally have had some research experience. A typical candidate would be an MD taking a postgraduate fellowship in a medical or specialty, or a Doctorate in Nursing who wants to enhance or deepen research skills.

Concentration in Surgery

The Master's in CTS is a 31 credit hour degree designed for individuals who desire more intensive exposure to focused areas in CTS. Students are expected to complete 19 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325), 6 credit hours of electives, and 6 credit hours of supervised research. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS, successfully pass a comprehensive exam, and successfully complete and publicly defend a thesis. Applicants must be surgical residents, surgical fellows, or surgical attending physicians. This Concentration requires elective courses in surgery as part of the MS program.

Concentration in Research Management

The Master's in CTS is a 31 credit hour degree designed for individuals who have an interest in becoming science professionals, including research coordinators, patient advocates, research administrators, etc. These students do not intend to become Principal Investigators. Students are expected to complete 22 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 315, 320), 3 credit hours of electives, and successfully complete a 6 credit hour research internship under the supervision of a research mentor. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS and successfully pass a comprehensive exam. No thesis or defense is required. 

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science

The Certificate in CTS is designed for biomedical scientists, health care professionals, and scholars in other fields (e.g., ethics, business, engineering, law) who are seeking to broaden their horizons in clinical and translational research. Students are expected to complete 19 credits of core coursework (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325) and participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS. No comprehensive exam or thesis is required.