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. While the CTS program is housed in the College of Medicine - Tucson, students may earn the M.S. degree either at the University's main Tucson campus or at the Phoenix biomedical campus.
The M.S. 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.
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.
All applicants who have not earned a doctoral degree, or whose highest earned degree is a Pharm.D., must take the GRE. No minimum score is specified. GRE scores must be no more than 3 years old by the application deadline (see below).
International applicants from non-English speaking countries must take the TOEFL or IELTS:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7
The CTS program does not offer funding support to M.S. students. Domestic students may contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (https://financialaid.arizona.edu/) to inquire about standard forms of financial aid.
Note: All application materials, including letters of recommendation and test scores, must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered. (For questions, please contact CTSsupport@email.arizona.edu.)
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.
For a detailed curriculum list for the M.S. degree, please see the CTS Graduate Program Handbook available at https://cts.uahs.arizona.edu/programs/forms.
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.