The Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) graduate program is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical translational sciences for post-baccalaureate or postgraduate 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. either at the University's main Tucson campus or at the Phoenix biomedical campus and may work with a faculty mentor from any of the University's Health Sciences colleges..
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, (b) experience and training in research, culminating in an independent research project, and c) professional development including experience and training in research ethics, presentation and publication of research findings and preparation of grant applications.
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 biomedical research. To this end, students will carry out an original translational basic science or clinical research project in the laboratory/clinic of their faculty mentor.
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
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Phoenix Campus - Phoenix
The CTS program does not offer funding support to M.S. students. Students can contact the Graduate College's Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement for information about external funding opportunities for graduate students. Admitted students can use the Scholarship Universe database to identify further funding opportunities. Domestic students may contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid to inquire about standard forms of financial aid. Faculty members who mentor CTS M.S. students may be able to provide funding.
All Applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent residents or international):
Note: All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered. (For questions, please contact CTSsupport@email.arizona.edu.)
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 (letter grade of B) or better to maintain good academic standing, as required to receive financial support and to be awarded the M.S. degree.
Students must complete a minimum of 24 units of coursework toward the M.S. and at least 6 units of thesis. All courses must be completed at the graduate level, and at least 15 units of coursework must receive regular letter grades (i.e., A, B, C). A limited number of courses may be transferred from another institution with the approval of the CTS program and the faculty mentor, and presuming the courses earned graduate credit at the home institution with a grade of B or better.
All curricular and other requirements for the M.S. are detailed in the CTS Graduate Program Handbook available at https://cts.uahs.arizona.edu/programs/forms. Required coursework includes the following:
Professional Development (min. 4 total units selected from list below):
Seminar/Journal Club (total 2 enrollments in any combination of the courses below):
Note: Substitutions for any of the above except Thesis are allowed with approval of the CTS program and the student's faculty mentor.
Commonly used elective courses include:
Note: Students are not restricted to this list of potential elective courses. Each CTS student works with their faculty mentor to select optimal elective courses relevant to the student's research.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||70%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||1.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||12.5%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||87.5%|
|Enrollment Percent International||0%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||43.75%|