Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS)

About the MS CTS Program
Program Forms
Joint Degree Options

About the Program

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science (MS CTS), offered through the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), is designed for applicants with previous clinical training or those in concurrent clinical degree programs, especially those in fellowship programs, postdoctoral training positions, or junior faculty with clinical responsibilities. 

Students, primarily post-doctoral or post-residency fellows and junior faculty, will learn the basic skills used by clinical researchers supplemented by a broad array of relevant electives that will provide basic concepts and theories consistent with each student's goals and objectives. Each student will work with his/her advisor and the program director to develop a program of study uniquely tailored to individual interests and future goals.

As part of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science, students learn to communicate their insights effectively, to write well-conceived and persuasive grant application, complete research hours to collect data which is then written into a thesis paper and also formatted into a presentation for a Thesis Examining Committee. Students learn the importance of ethical treatment of their subjects and as apprentice clinical investigators, they learn how to participate in a broader multidisciplinary research community that includes basic and social scientists, as well as clinicians from other areas of clinical practice.

Graduates of the MS in Clinical and Translational Science have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation both of scientific knowledge into clinical science and of clinical science into practice.

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science consists of these basic components: 

  1. A multi-disciplinary didactic program
  2. A series of workshops and seminars
  3. A research project under the mentorship of senior clinical researchers
  4. A formal presentation conducted in front of the selected examining committee
  5. Submission of an approved final thesis to the graduate college.

Completion of the program takes two years for full-time students. Part-time students generally take three to four years to complete the program.

For more information or to apply, please contact Jaclyn Jackson at or (312) 413-5429 or visit the School of Public Health, MS in Clinical and Translational Science webpage.

Current students may visit our Educational and Professional Development Resources page for relevant forms and resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science is intended to train clinicians in any field (medicine, dentistry, physical/occupational therapy, pharmacy, etc.) to become leaders in clinical research. Students include: residents and fellows in health professions, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and under-represented minority clinicians.

How can I apply?

Before applying, submit a statement of interest and your CV to Jacyln Jackson. Then, visit the School of Public health MS CTS webpage for detailed application instructions.

How much does the program cost?

Please visit the School of Public Health website for information regarding current tuition and fee rates. UIC Employees are eligible for a tuition and fee waiver, contact your human resource department for additional information. Fellows should speak with the departmental human resource contact person regarding tuition and fee benefits.

What is the curriculum? What are the requirements of the program?


The program consists of 26 semester hours of required core coursework in the following areas: quantitative methods, epidemiology, research ethics, research design, and grant writing. Students, with guidance from the program director and advisor, also complete 6 semester hours of electives from a broad array of relevant courses.

Required Courses:

  • BSTT 400 Biostatistics I
  • BSTT 401 Biostatistics II
  • EPID 403 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • GC 501 Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research
  • BHIS 509 Informatics for the Clinical Investigator
  • HPA 522 Public Health Research Design and Methods
  • HPA 591 Grant Writing for New Investigators
  • HPA 526 Leadership and Diversity in Clinical Research
  • IPHS 594 Frameworks for Researchers

In addition to the coursework, students attend seminars and workshops that provide them with exposure to the broad range of clinical and translational research. Students are encouraged to attend research seminars hosted by the CCTS and other departments. The Professional Development Workshops address topics essential to success as a clinical and translational researcher, including mentoring, negotiating for protected time, etc. Students are required to present their research proposal during the Initial Research Proposal Defense. During this presentation, they will receive feedback on their research plan from the Program Director and their research mentors.

The MS in Clinical and Translational Science culminates in a mentored research project in which the student works closely with one or more senior researchers. The mentored research project (16 required hours) gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have acquired in classes and seminars/workshops, while obtaining necessary data to utilize in their final thesis and final defense presentation.

Thesis and Final Defense:
The final oral examination consists of a presentation of the student's research findings at an open meeting of student's Thesis Examining Committee. The presentation should be based on the publishable paper (thesis paper) and research proposal products of the student's clinical research project.

Detailed information, requirements, and policies for the program can be found in the School of Public Health Handbook, addressing the Master of Science and MS in Clinical and Translational Science.

MS CTS Program Forms

Committee Development Worksheet 

  • Submit this worksheet to Jaclyn Jackson at when you have selected a primary mentor, and when any additional mentors/committee members are added.

Semester Plan and Evaluation

  • Complete this planning document in consultation with your primary mentor and advisor. Submit this form to Jaclyn Jackson at the end of each semester.

Preliminary Research Question and Significance 

  • Complete this form early in the research process to ensure that the proposed project is appropriate for the MS thesis.

Program Proposal

  • Complete the program proposal in consultation with the Program Director, and submit to the Program Coordinator at least twice during the program (initial and final). This document is designed to help ensure that you meet all program requirements.

Thesis Proposal/Detailed Research Plan

  • Complete this outline of your research project in collaboration with your mentors, and submit to the Program Coordinator for approval.

Research Hours Registration Instructions

Joint Degree Options

Supported by the CCTS, the School of Public Health offers four joint or coordinated degree programs which allow doctoral students to complete both an MS in Clinical and Translational Science and a second professional degree in a shortened timeframe.

MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science
DMD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science
PharmD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science
DC/MS in Clinical and Translational Science