The goal of the Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science (MSCTS) degree is to train the next generation of health care professionals, clinical investigators, research scientists, and other individuals working in translational research sciences.
The curriculum incorporates the full spectrum of the translational continuum (T0 through T5) and provides training and skills to position candidates to be successful in the growing field of Clinical and Translational Science. Topics covered include foundations of translational research, clinical statistics, epidemiology, ethics and safety, and study designs across the continuum.
The program includes a Master’s degree and four Certificates. Candidates seeking a Master’s degree will select from one of four emphasis tracks and complete a thesis. Certificate students will select from the same four tracks and complete 4 classes, or 12 credits.
This track is focused on the foundational principles of the translational process. This “bench-to-bedside” process involves moving discoveries from their basic foundation to clinical settings. Discoveries of focus include diagnostics, therapeutics, medical procedures, and other interventions. Suggested electives for this program include Translational Genomics, Clinical and Translational Science II, Clinical Trial Design, and Survey of Biomedical Engineering.
There are a variety of factors that can influence health outcomes at a population level, and this track will focus on the relationship between these factors, health, and research. This program will focus on factors such as socioeconomic status, health disparities, social determinants of health, healthcare systems, environment, and policies. Suggested electives include Health Economics, Introduction to Statistics using Stata, Regression using Stata, and Health and Medical Geography.
The focus of this track is on principles and processes within the healthcare system. The topics of focus will include delivery of healthcare, how healthcare professionals work together, and improvements that can be made within the system to improve healthcare delivery. Suggested electives for this program include Health Economics, Health and Medical Geography, Dissemination and Implementation Science, and Qualitative Research Methods.
This track is focused on engaging the community in research being conducted near the end of the translational spectrum. Emphasis is placed on collaboration with community members and organizations to promote engagement in developing community-wide approaches to improve health for all. Suggested electives include Health Disparities, Health and Medical Geography, Dissemination and Implementation Science, and Qualitative Research Methods.
Full-time students can complete the program in 2 years, while part-time students have up to 4 years to complete the program.
Application Opens: February 2023
Application Deadline: July 1, 2023
Program Start Date: Fall 2023
For more information on the admissions process and requirements, please visit the Graduate School Admissions page.
36 credits are required to complete the Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science. It is designed to be completed in 2 years, but part-time students have up to 4 years to complete all requirements.
To accommodate the schedules of students working full-time, most classes are held on one day of the week.
Master’s Degree requirements include the following:
Additional Details regarding Degree Completion and Required forms can be found in the CTS Student Handbook below.636 KBCTS Student Handbook 2023-2024
Courses included in the Master’s of Clinical and Translational Science program can be found in the CTS Course Catalog.
286 KBAcademic Bulletin CTS 2022-2023* Note that this list may not be all-inclusive and is subject to change. Please email Mary Jane LaTona or contact the MCW Graduate School with any questions.
12 credits are required to complete the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science. Full-time students can complete the program in 1 year, while part-time students have up to 2 years to complete all requirements.
Most classes are held on one day of the week.
Students completing the CTS Certificate will be required to select one of the four emphasis tracks when applying to the program:
See the CTS Certificate Course Catalog below for additional information regarding required classes and course descriptions for each emphasis track.413 KBCTS Certificate Program Guide 2023-2024
The field of Clinical and Translational Science has grown tremendously in the past decade. Many of these advances are a result of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) sponsored by the National Institutes for Health (NIH). This initiative also led to the development of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) in 2012.
A Master’s in Clinical and Translational Science will provide education, training, and research experience in preparation for a career in research and academic medicine. Students completing this program often remain involved in research and many go on to become independent researchers.
This program is designed for individuals from diverse backgrounds seeking additional knowledge and structured training in clinical and translational research. Our students include MD fellows, early-career faculty, concurrent MD/MS students, and individuals with an undergraduate degree. Students of all backgrounds are welcome to apply or contact CTSI for additional information
The CTS Certificates are 12-credit programs designed to provide an introduction to Clinical and Translational Science. Certificates are designed to be completed in one academic year, with up to two years permitted for part-time students.
Master’s students will complete 36 credits and a Master’s thesis research project. This program is designed to be completed in two years for full-time students, with up to 4 years for part-time students. The Master’s degree includes more coursework and in-depth training on additional topics along with hands on research experience through the completion of a research project under the mentorship of the student’s thesis committee.
Yes, all students completing the Master’s in CTS program are required to complete a thesis project. Students will select one primary mentor and two other approved faculty to serve on their thesis committee. The student is responsible for identifying their committee members and submitting a thesis proposal before work on the project begins.
Students in the CTS Certificate program are not required to complete a thesis.
Class dates/times are set according to a fixed schedule, providing the opportunity to plan to ensure availability during planned class times. Each course is 3 credits and will meet one day/week for 3 hours at a time. Most core classes will be on Thursday afternoons between 12-6PM, while some other classes may be scheduled on various days and times. Timing of additional electives offered by other programs are subject to the discretion of those programs.
You can declare your emphasis track when you submit the initial application to the program. However, students have until the completion of their first year in the program to decide which track they would like to pursue.
The cost per credit varies per academic year. View current Graduate School Tuition and Fee information.
For additional information, please visit the MCW Financial Aid Office website.
The CTSI does not currently offer any scholarships or tuition support.
NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.