Mar 21, 2023  
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Clinical and Translational Science

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Career Information

A specially-designed knowledge and skills building curriculum has been created to provide advanced training in Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) at MCG. The primary objective of this program is to enable health professionals to perform Clinical and Translational research.

Graduates completing the program should be able to perform each of the following tasks:

  • Effectively utilize human subjects in clinical trials
  • Carry out basic analyses of clinical research data
  • Apply basic epidemiologic principles and tools in clinical research
  • Consider relevant ethical and legal issues when designing and conducting clinical research
  • Prepare research manuscripts for publication in research journals
  • Prepare competitive grant proposals for extra-mural research funding.

About the Program

The curriculum includes didactic instruction in the core areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical research design; a mentored research project; and seminars on recent advances in clinical and translational science. The program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in 2 years. Trainees are required to complete a mentored research project that is expected to culminate in a grant proposal suitable for submission to a funding agency.  An oral presentation of the mentored research project is required. The programs can be completed on a part-time basis (enrollment in no more than 8 credit hours per semester), beginning each summer.

Admissions Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs which includes a Supplemental Form requiring a Personal Statement detailing interest in and motivation for entering the Clinical and Translational Science program and identification of research mentor(s) and current immediate supervisor.

Application Fee: $30

Application Deadline:  December 1 ‐ Summer entry

Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: A doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g., M.D., D.O., PharmD., D.D.S., Ph.D.); OR (2) a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., B.S.N., M.H.S.) **and** a professional designation (e.g., R.N., P.T., O.T.).

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course‐by‐course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet”. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.  Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission directly from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution.

Applicants for Clinical & Translational Science program are required to provide transcripts for the highest degree earned. The Dean for the School of Graduate Studies reserves the right to request additional academic records prior to admission consideration.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

References: References/recommendations from three individuals are required using the Admissions Reference Form for Graduate Programs at the Medical College of Georgia. References are required from each of the following:

  1. Research Mentor ‐ Identification of a research mentor is required prior to applying to the program.
  2. Immediate Supervisor‐the letter must indicate that the supervisor will provide adequate release time for course work and research to enroll in the MS or Certificate program (two morning per week for course work and 1 research day for a total of 2 full days of release time)
  3. Co‐Mentor or colleague

GRE Requirement : Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required)

All official GRE scores must be submitted to MCG’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to MCG is 5406. Please do not select a department code. 

The GRE requirement may be waived for an applicant holding an earned doctorate (or equivalent).

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based or 79 internet based Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to MCG is 5406.  Please do not select a department code.

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements

Resume or CV

Admission Recommendations

No additional Recommendations

Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.

How to Apply

All applicants must apply to either the CCTS or MCTS programs through the MCG online application for Graduate Programs at MCG.

On-line Application for Graduate Programs at MCG

 A complete application includes the MCG Graduate Programs Online Application forms plus the following supplemental materials:

  • Identification of a research mentor PRIOR to applying to the program. A letter of support from the research mentor must be included with the application.
  • A letter from the applicant’s immediate supervisor (usually, their department chair or division director), stating that the applicant will have protected time to attend classes and seminars, must be included with the application.
  • One additional letter of recommendation.
  • A personal statement giving reasons for wanting to enroll in the CTS program and a description of future career objectives must be submitted as the first step in the application procedure.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previous institutions attended. If any official transcript is from an institution outside of the US, a credential evaluation AND a course-by-course evaluation must be submitted with an official transcript. Please see the following link for more information on the credential evaluation service providers
  • Standardized test scores, if applicable.
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable.

 All materials must be received in the OFFICE OF ACADEMIC ADMISSIONS no later than December 1 of the year prior to the year the applicant intends to start the program. Failure to submit all application materials will delay admission to the program.

For individuals who already have earned a doctoral-level degree (or equivalent), the SGS application requirements related to submission of standardized test scores may be waived. However, all applicants to the CCTS and MCTS programs must still follow the standard application procedures for the SGS and submit transcripts of all post-secondary work completed, as well as 3 letters of recommendation.

PLEASE NOTE: For an application to be complete, all materials must be received by December 1 of the year prior to the year in which the applicant intends to start the program.


Jennifer L. Waller, PhD.
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Biostatistics

Anthony L. Mulloy, Ph.D., D.O.
Associate Vice President for Clinical Research

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When to Apply

The completed Preliminary Application Form, along with a CV, is due in the Department of Biostatistics on December 1 prior to the summer semester in which the applicant intends to start the program.

The formal application and all application materials must be received in the MCG Office of Academic Admission by February 1 of the year in which the applicant intends to start the program.

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