The M.A.S. degree in Clinical Research is intended for working health professionals who have a high level of interest and potential to pursue innovative translational research (ranging from pre-clinical to clinical to community-based), and a long-term goal of pursuing a translational research career. Typical students are Junior Faculty clinicians, fellows, and medical students on a research track, who are currently at a medical research institute and who have the ability and desire to conduct long-term research studies.

Admissions Criteria

  • Completion of a professional doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., O.D., N.D., D.O., Pharm.D., D.V.M., D.N.S. etc.) is required.

Applications from students currently enrolled in Ph.D. or M.D. programs who demonstrate an interest in translational research (pre-clinical, clinical or community-based) will be considered on an individual basis. These students who pursue the one-year option will be required to take a temporary educational leave from their professional degree program to complete the M.A.S.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
  • Candidates must demonstrate a high level of interest and potential to pursue innovative translational research (ranging from pre-clinical to clinical to community-based), and a long-term goal of pursuing a translational research career.
  • Candidates must have identified mentors and have the ability to conduct research, either in a medical facility or research lab. This program does not match students with mentors or labs, nor does the program provide job opportunities or access to research positions.

Required Documents

Applying to the Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research is done through the Graduate Studies Application Management System.  All required documents are uploaded into the application through this system.

  • A completed application
  • Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (undergraduate and graduate education) (UCD transcript policy)
  • Two to three professional letters of recommendation
    • One from your immediate supervisor/mentor and one from another qualified individual (second mentor; not a peer) who can comment on your ability to succeed in the program. You need an additional letter from your Department Chair if you are taking 70% release time to obtain the degree for the MCRTP program.
  • Personal statement which includes past successes, career goals and objectives for seeking this degree (this is a section in the application)
  • Resume/ CV
  • Writing Sample: Research Proposal Form
    • On this form, you must supply a 2-4 page description of the research project you are proposing: Project Title, Significance/Statement of Problem, Aims, Research question/Hypothesis, Methodology, Research Design, Project timeline, Career Development Goals and a Mentoring Plan. The mentoring plan must make clear how the disciplinary expertise of each mentor will contribute to the candidate’s research and training plans. It should describe how the mentors plan to work together and what each will contribute to the candidate’s research and training. The mentoring plan should describe specific plans for the frequency of contact between the mentors and the candidate and identify expectations for candidate productivity (i.e. expectations regarding manuscripts, submission of applications for extramural funding, etc.).  They should indicate a willingness to complete the required quarterly mentee progress reports and participate in seminars with the other scholars and their mentors.
  • Additional requirements for International Students.   Please note, this program does not qualify under the STEM Visa program.

A telephone interview may be required.

Application Process

Congratulations on taking the first step to furthering your education. We know the application process can be daunting, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide letting you know what to expect during each part of the process.  In addition, please review the application checklist (PDF).

Step 1: Submitting Your Application

Step 2: Application Review

  • Once we receive all required application materials, your file is reviewed by the Clinical Research Admissions Committee.  Upon, their approval, your application is forwarded to Graduate Studies for final review and approval.
  • You’ll receive a notification email when your admission decision has been made.

Step 3: If You’re Accepted

  • Confirm your acceptance by reviewing the notification letter and submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), this is done electronically.
  • Contact your program coordinator to learn about transfer credits, map out your degree plan, and register for classes.