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M.S. in Clinical & Translational Science

M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science Handbook

Required Coursework:

M.S. Degree Coursework (PDF)

Potential Elective Courses (PDF)


Develop the next generation of clinical and translational scientists through education and mentored research training

Target Group:

Faculty, clinicians, and health professional students

M.S. Degree (34 credits):

In addition to required courses, trainees may choose elective coursework that complements their research needs and interests.

  • Core Didactic Coursework – 15 credits
  • Elective Courses – 9 credits
  • Grant Preparation – 1 credit
  • Research – 9 credits

The Masters of Science (MS) in Clinical and Translational Science is targeted to clinicians and scientists with health-related professional degrees, those seeking a dual degree (such as MD/MS), or health professional students.  The MS degree expands upon Certificate coursework and provides mentored research training with required and elective courses, the latter to complement research needs and interests.  The degree emphasizes a research project(s) that can be clinical (study of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatments; may include clinical trials) and/or translational research (defined as research with human subjects or with populations or with direct application to human health).  The degree culminates with a written grant proposal or thesis defended orally to three graduate faculty members. See links above for coursework.

M.S. Program Timeline


Deadline for Fall semester: July 1

Deadline for Spring semester: December 1

Deadline for Summer semester: April 1

The application requires a personal statement outlining past accomplishments (with an emphasis on research, your future research interests, and a clear career vision of becoming a clinical/translational researcher), three letters of recommendation that evaluate your potential as a clinician scientist, a list of potential research mentors, and a Curriculum Vitae.

  • For faculty applicants, a support letter from the Department Chair is required stating how research activities integrate with clinical (if appropriate), teaching, and/or service responsibilities.
  • For clinicians, support letters from the Department Chair and fellowship/residency director (if applicable) are required stating how research activities integrate with clinical (if appropriate), teaching, and/or service responsibilities.
  • Student applicants must be in good academic and professional standing.

The WVCTSI Educational Committee will review all applications, interview selected applicants, and notify applicants of admission decisions. To apply please use the following link:

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University Tuition Waivers: 

Full time West Virginia University faculty and staff who have regular appointments, qualify for benefits,  and are admitted to a WVU graduate or first professional program are eligible for faculty/staff merit waivers of a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester. For more information on tuition waivers, click here.

Transfer Credits:

Trainee participants with prior graduate coursework in population health and health outcomes are allowed to transfer up to 12 semester credits with grades of B or better from another accredited institution. Transfer courses substitute for required courses upon approval of the Course Coordinators and Program Director.



Jodie Saunders, Professional Development Senior Coordinator