Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research

Build a strong foundation in research ethics and project design.

Full-Time or Part-Time

33 Credits

Research Methods and Clinical Research Focus

What You’ll Learn

The Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research equips students to be well versed in foundational aspects of research methods as well as essential clinical research methods. In addition, the program aims to prepare students with skills in project design and associated grant preparation, effective communication of research results and emerging powerful tools for clinical investigation.

The courses align with NIH’s core competencies in clinical and translational research. The mandatory Capstone Project is a summative assessment of the student’s knowledge in reviewing the literature, development of clear and testable hypotheses, selection of appropriate methods and of a rigorous (data) analysis plan, consideration of research ethics with human subjects, and clarity of presentations and responses to questions.

Program Takeaways

  1. Understand the foundational aspects of research methods and emerging tools for clinical investigation
  2. Gain real-world project experience in the classroom and through capstone projects
  3. Apply the methods and skills learned in your current environment

Areas of Concentration

Students can select an area of concentration based on their research interests.

This area of concentration provides training in the design and analysis of clinical studies for both observational and treatment trials. Students are encouraged to develop a protocol for a study involving human subjects or to participate in such a study and analyze the results. This could serve as a basis for the capstone project. The advisor and program faculty will work with each student to identify an appropriate mentor and project.

This area of concentration provides training that focuses on the importance of health and diversity in our community through community engagement and community-participatory research.

This area of concentration is appropriate for trainees interested in how discoveries and findings from basic research can be turned into studies of human subjects. It offers students the opportunity to focus on the concepts, methods, and tools in translational research.

Degree Requirements

List of required & elective courses for the degree program can be found here.

Degree Requirements

Course Schedule

Example of full-time student course schedule is available.

Example Course Schedule

Application Process

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Why a degree in clinical and translational research?

Clinical and translational research, and systems medicine/biosciences, are becoming increasingly central approaches to understanding and addressing barriers to health and healthcare.