Master of Science Program in Clinical and Translational Research


The Master’s program in Clinical and Translational Research is designed to prepare health care professionals with the academic and research skills needed to be competitive for independent research. The program will focus on the preparation of individuals with established, terminal degrees in a health related field (M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.D.S., or D.M.D.) to conduct independent research in translation of information from the basic sciences to the community as researchers, teachers, public health administrators, clinicians, and industry employees competent to carry out the broad health mission of the State of Connecticut.

Program Overview

The Master of Science degree program in Clinical and Translational Research is administered in the Department of Medicine. The program stresses clinical research methods and research practica. The program is offered to individuals with a health related terminal degree (M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.D.S., or D.M.D.) to provide practical training to prepare for independent research. The Master’s Program is based on both course work and research experience, but no research thesis is required. Instead, students are expected to prepare a draft grant application and a scientific report related to a particular area of translational research. The final examination consists of an oral defense of the grant application and report.

Educational Requirements/Admission Criteria

Those eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s Program in Clinical and Translational Research (MCTR) must have successfully obtained a terminal degree in a health-related field, such as an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.D.S., or D.M.D. Students who do not have an established terminal degree must be accepted and in good standing in a terminal degree granting program in a health-related field.

GPA of 3.0, transcripts from previous schools attended, two letters of reference (at least one of which should be an academic letter), personal statement/letter of intent, application and fee, TOEFL if applicable. It is possible to have TOEFL requirement waived and also for exceptions to be made to the GPA requirement of 3.0. This is done based on a case-by-case basis. GRE scores are not required.

It is highly recommended that applicants have commitments in writing from a senior scientist stating his or her intention to mentor and supervise the student during the program. Major advisors must have a UConn faculty appointment.

The program admits, on average, 5 students per year. Each application is evaluated individually by the Executive Committee. Due to the small number of students who can be accommodated in this program, the admissions process is selective.

Courses of Study

Each student’s academic program will be planned jointly by the student and the student’s major advisor based on academic and professional background and school requirements. Students will be required to complete 30 credits, anchored by required core courses in Clinical and Translational Research (9 credits). In addition, each student will be required to complete a 3-credit “translational research/elective” course from a list of approved courses. Completion of a 3-6 credit course on Critical Issues Involving Science Publication: The Scientific Review will also be required to complete the plan of study for Clinical and Translational Research. Students will also be required to complete 12 credits in research to provide them with competency in the implementation of research methods, including hypothesis formulation, research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, data analysis and computer application. After completion of the course work, students will  prepare for their Final Examination. The Final Examination (oral presentation) consists of a 30-40 minute presentation of a grant proposal and scientific report describing a completed research project, followed by 20 minutes for questions by members of the MCTR Advisory Committee. The grant proposal and report must be submitted to Lisa Godin ( 3-4 weeks prior to the Final Examination.

Time to Complete

All work must be completed within  four years of the beginning of study which is defined as the beginning date of the earliest course, wherever taken, listed on the approved Masters Plan of Study. Since the three core courses in clinical and translational research must be taken consecutively, the minimum timeframe to complete the program is 18 months. Therefore, we currently do NOT accept students who would require an inflexible full-time status (e.g., due to visa issues).

Requirements for Graduation

Students must have completed all courses on an approved Plan of Study, submitted final copies of the scientific report and draft grant application required for the final examination, and passed the final examination in order meet the requirements for awarding of the Master of Science degree.

For information on applying for graduation and deadlines, see “Steps to a Successful Graduation- Graduate Programs” at the following site:

Average Annual Number of Classes

Depending on the student’s background and status in the program, the number of credit hours taken in one year may range from 3 to 21. The course of study is tailored to the individual student.

Program Faculty

There are approximately 54 faculty members who participate in the Master of Clinical and Translational Research program. They are engaged at various levels of teaching courses (approximately three course offerings per year), supervising independent studies or thesis research.

Schools Session Base

The Graduate School runs on a semester basis. Students may register for Master credits during the summer; however, summer registration is always optional.

Registration Dates

Fall registration begins September and runs through March. Classes typically begin during the last week of August. For the most current class schedule, tuition and fee information, please visit the Registrar’s web page.

Application Process

To apply to the MCTR, you must first submit a letter of intent, a copy of your curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation to Ms. Lisa Godin via email ( These materials will be reviewed by the MCTR Advisory Committee. If the Committee views you as a suitable candidate for the program, you will be invited for an interview. If the Committee recommends acceptance after the interview,  you will be instructed to submit an application through the Graduate School’s online application.

The documents needed are as follows:

1.  Application for Admission
2. Processing fee
3. Residence Affidavit
4. Official transcript from each college or university attended
5. Official TOEFL or IELTS score if applicable
6. Letters of Recommendation (2 letters of recommendation)
7. Personal Letter of Application
8. Test scores if applicable
9. Letter of Support from prospective major advisor


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