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Clinical Research Graduate Group

Master of Advanced Study in Clinical Research

Program Chair's Message


The Clinical Research Graduate Group is an interdisciplinary group of 40 faculty involved in all aspects of clinical and translational research offered at UC Davis. Our research and interests encompass varied branches of research including:

  • Basic Science
  • Biostatistics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethics
  • Outcomes Research
  • Policy/Regulation
  • Public Health
  • Quality Improvement
  • Translational Research

Thanks to the resources available through the Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) and the potential for connections and networking offered by the diverse mentors in the graduate group, our students will have broad and impactful research opportunities. We encourage potential applicants to explore the profiles of our faculty and connect with them, as well as review the admissions criteria and curriculum requirements.

Many of our faculty members are graduates of the Clinical Research M.A.S. degree and were able to navigate through successful academic careers, achieve leadership roles, obtain federal independent funding, and establish productive research programs. Students will have access to formal research training and mentorship, as well as dedicated mentors and academic advisors, and will have the opportunity to grow as independent scientists.

We are included in a thriving university that is now ranked among the top 10 public research universities in the country and the UC Davis Medical Center is a growing institution with the #1 ranked hospital in Sacramento. This represents a unique setting for our students’ academic and research ambitions with potential to conduct research that is highly valuable for our community.

Our program values collaborations, networking, diversity, and innovation and we look forward to welcoming the next cohort of students. 


Our mission is to empower a new generation of exceptional clinical and translational investigators to advance human and animal health. The program will provide students with the foundations for disciplinary excellence, including the knowledge, skills and perspective to engage in interdisciplinary investigations that will result in innovation and accelerated rates of translation of basic biomedical science into clinically useful therapies. Our fundamental goal is to develop a qualitatively different investigator, who thrives in a multidisciplinary, team science environment, is committed to excellence, and has the skills to conduct innovative research leading to the practical application of biomedical discoveries that will improve human health, and thus enhance the quality of life in our communities.