Overview of Clinical & Translational Science Programs
Clinical and translational science (CTS) spans basic biology, clinical medicine, and community health policy to understand and develop new approaches to improving human health. CTS investigators need to appreciate how biologic and non-biologic aspects
of health care interact to influence individuals and populations.
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The CTS graduate programs include master’s and doctoral degrees and are intended to be flexible to facilitate the training and career development of a robust clinical and translational research workforce and to give individuals with
diverse backgrounds, working with faculty from many disciplines, an educational pathway to prepare them for their roles as important and productive contributors to CTS.
Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students
What are the core course requirements of the CTS program?
- All CTS programs are based on an 18-credit core curriculum that is designed to provide a strong foundation in research knowledge and skills. The core curriculum challenges students to think critically about the overall research process, scientific
method, equity and ethics of research, informatics and data analysis, and scholarship. Additional credits are taken in combination of electives and research credits (if applicable), and with the students interests in mind. An additional 12 credits
of electives or research is needed to complete the 30-credit master's degree, or 57 for the doctoral degree. The curriculum encourages students to apply their learning to their specific areas of scientific interest from across the clinical and
translational science spectrum. All courses in the core curriculum are offered online (synchronous).
Are courses offered online or in person?
- Our CTS faculty did an amazing job transitioning the core courses to an online modality. Although, online, the core-courses are also synchronous for real time engagement with the material, fellow students and professors. Additional electives may be
taken online or in-person.
Are there additional core requirements to complete the degree?
There are additional core CTS requirements where regular attendance is expected. They include:
- Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW)
Thursdays 11am-noon - Student-facilitated CROW is meant to serve as a weekly "support group" for CTS students. It's an informal time for students to gather as a CTS community. Students set the agenda and run the meeting. Topic areas may
include asking for help or feedback, conducting a journal club, facilitating a discussion, etc. Faculty and others attend as they are able.
- Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Seminar
Fridays noon-1pm - CTS Seminar includes presentations and advanced discussions with graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers, which provide opportunities for students to improve public speaking, critical appraisal, and leadership skills.
CTS Seminar also provides a valuable opportunity to network with peers and others across the University.
- Based on the degree program (certificate, master's or doctoral), there may be additional requirements from the Graduate College Catalog.
What is the application deadline?
- We are excited to announce that we have rolling admissions for all three terms (Summer, Fall and Spring!). With this being noted, it does take time for the materials to be reviewed and offers to be processed, so it may be important to know when the
start of the semester is. You can find this information on the UVM Academic Calendars website.
What are the prerequisites to apply to the program?
- The CTS Program follows the application requirements of the UVM Graduate College. This includes the requirement to hold a U.S. Baccalaureate degree or an equivalent
international degree and providing test scores for English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English. A qualified applicant for CTS will have 4 semesters of college-level science in addition to 2 semesters of college-level
mathematics or statistics.
What is the PhD Research Advisor requirement?
- Applicants to the PhD program must have a source of funding, a UVM Research Advisor, and an environment in which to conduct research as part of the application. The UVM Research Advisor must provide a letter of support as part of the application. Co-mentoring with faculty from other UVM programs is allowed and often desirable but must involve CTS Faculty in all aspects of student research. This requirement is also applicable to CTS students in the MS program wishing to transfer to the PhD.
Is the GRE required?
- The GRE is not required for any of the CTS programs.
Does UVM offer financial aid?
- It is important for prospective students to know that we do not have any funding for graduate training for the CTS program. Our degrees require a substantial financial investment. Please review the per credit tuition here: https://www.uvm.edu/studentfinancialservices/graduate_tuition_and_fees. The MS degree is 30 credits and the PhD is 75 credits. Financial aid information can be found at Student Financial Services.
Are there resources or additional information for International applicants?
Am I eligible for Tuition Remission?