General Information

Clinical Translational Sciences (MS)  
Program Description

The Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) graduate program is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical translational sciences for post-baccalaureate or post-graduate students with either a clinical or basic science background.  Students may earn either a Master of Science (M.S.), or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in CTS from the University of Arizona (UA). 

The program is intended to provide the foundation for a research career in the Clinical Translational Sciences. To achieve this aim, the student requires: (a) an adequate base knowledge of biostatistics and CTS coursework that is specific to the student’s health-related discipline or clinical interest (e.g. Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.), (b) experience and training in research, culminating in a major research project, and c) professional development including experience and training in presentation and publication of research findings, preparation of grant applications and teaching.

The mission of the Master’s program is to provide an avenue for the student to gain more experience in and exposure to the diverse areas of the clinical translational sciences and to offer a mechanism for the student to obtain in-depth knowledge in a specific area of medical research. To this end, students will participate in a specific laboratory or clinical research project in the laboratory/clinic of a CTS faculty member.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Medicine, Tucson -

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities, and leading-edge patient care. As Arizona’s only MD degree-granting college, the UA College of Medicine is proud to be a resource for the state and its people.

Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967, today the UA College of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. From an initial class of just 32 students, the UA College of Medicine today has graduated more than 3,400 physicians. College of Medicine students, faculty, staff, and alumni today continue more than 45 years of service in advancing medical care and knowledge in Arizona—and around the world.

College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson Phoenix Campus  
Admissions Contact
Anabel T Moreno
Graduate Program Coordinator
Anabel T Moreno
Director of Graduate Studies
Ronald P Hammer
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  1. Submit your application for admission to the CTS M.S. program using the Graduate College’s online application (GradApp) at
  2. Letters of Recommendation:  You must have two professional letters of recommendation attesting to your ability to complete the program.  You will request in GradApp that the recommenders directly upload their letters of recommendation to accompany your application.
  3. Curriculum Vitae:  You will upload your current C.V. to be included with your application in GradApp.
  4. Test Scores:  Applicants who have not already earned a terminal degree must take the GRE and have the score reported to the UA Graduate College.  International students from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL or IELTS and have their score reported to the Graduate College.
  5. Personal Statement:  Please prepare a statement explaining your interest in Clinical Translational Sciences, including any specific research interests (and expected faculty advisor, if already identified).  You may also discuss why you feel you are a good candidate for the CTS program and/or how training in CTS would contribute to your career objectives.
Standardized Tests

All applicants who have not earned the terminal degree in a health sciences field (e.g. M.D., Dr.P.H., Pharm.D., D.N.P.) must take the GRE.  No minimum score is specified.

International applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS:

    Minimum TOEFL: 550

    Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

The CTS program does not offer funding support to M.S. students.  Domestic students may contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid ( to inquire about standard forms of financial aid.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Applications for Spring admission accepted through November 15
  • Applications for Fall admission accepted through May 1

International Applicants:

  • Applications for Spring admission accepted through November 15
  • Applications for Fall admission accepted through April 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

All M.S. students must complete a minimum of 30 units of graduate-level coursework, including up to 6 units of thesis credit, to earn the degree.  At least 15 units must be letter-graded (i.e., A, B, C).  Upon approval by the student’s faculty advisor and the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs, up to 6 graduate credits can be transferred from another graduate program or an M.D. or other terminal degree, provided the grade earned is "B" or better, and the course was completed within 6 years of the planned M.S. completion.

Required courses:

  • Principles of Surgery (CTS 610); 1 unit/semester, 2 semesters or similar;
  • Professional Development courses (minimum 4 units):
    • Responsible Conduct of Research (CTS 595C) and/or
    • Individualized Scientific Writing (CTS 585) and/or
    • Similar courses from other departments.
  • Biostatistics (EPID 576A), 3 units.
  • Seminar, 1 unit/semester, 2 semesters. Credit for attending relevant departmental seminars can be obtained in any specialty participating in the CTS Program. A minimum of 2 units derived from departmental seminar programs is required. The thesis defense can be presented in one of these seminar series with permission of the seminar coordinators.
  • Thesis (CTS 910) (at least 3 units)

Note: Substitutions for normally required courses may be approved by the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs and the faculty advisor.  The remainder of the required units will be accounted for by courses selected by the student’s faculty advisor as relevant to the student’s research interests.

Minor Requirements

Master’s students at UA do not declare a minor, but the student may include courses from another field in the program of study with their advisor’s approval.

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Last revised 28 Mar 2017