Clinical and Translational Science M.S.

Admission Requirements

Clinical and Translational Science M.S. Admission Policy

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both Marshall University Graduate Admissions as outlined on their website - www.marshal/.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission - and the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Department Admissions Committee. Interested persons should visit https://jcesom.marshall.edu/research, e-mail mubiomed@marshall.edu and/or call 304-696-3365.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The degree must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • Successful completion, with a grade of C or better, of one year of general biology, physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, all with associated laboratories. Successful completion of undergraduate courses in biochemistry and cell biology are highly recommended but not required.
  • A recommended minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • A recommended minimum GPA of 3.0 in combined science and math courses.
  • Official transcript from degree granting institution/s; other transcripts may be required.
  • Departmental materials: three recommendations, program online form, written statement addressing educational and career goals, CV/résumé.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed until the class is filled. Applications are only considered once we have received all required documentation. Applications will be considered until June 30, if openings are available. International applicants must meet the International deadline of March 15. The Clinical and Translational Sciences M.S. program is highly competitive thus early applications provide the best chance for acceptance. 

Entrance into the Clinical and Translational Science M.S. program is restricted to fall semester only.

Who Should Apply

  • Undergraduates.
  • Medical students at an LCME-accredited U.S. medical school with a current GPA of at least a 3.0.
  • Postgraduate medical residents or fellows who have an M.D. or D.O. with a graduating GPA of 3.0 or better (equivalent GPA for foreign medical graduates).
  • Ph.D.’s in biomedical sciences or Pharm.D.’s with graduating GPAs of 3.0 or better.

Medical students will apply to the program during their third year of training. After completing the requirements for the M.S. degree, students will finish the fourth year of medical school.

Medical residents and fellows who are admitted into this program will need to integrate coursework into a reduced clinical workload, thus extending their postgraduate medical education by two years.

Program Requirements

Duration of the Program

Students will attend full-time and complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree in two years. This includes attending during the summer between years one and two.

Degree Requirements

All students are required to meet the general requirements of the Graduate College for receipt of a master’s degree. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for a non-thesis degree. In addition, all students must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive exam.

Plan of Study

Clinical and Translational Science, M.S. (Clinical Informatics Area of Emphasis)

All students are required to successfully complete the following curriculum.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BMR 660 Communication Bio Sci I 1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 600 Epi Used in Med Research 3
CTS 620 Basic Research Operations 3
CTS 635 Writing and Peer Review 1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
 Credit Hours10
Second Semester
BMR 661 Communication Bio Sci II 1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 610 Study Design & Stats 3
CTS 614 Online Survey Tools 3
CTS 630 Fundamentals of Team Science 2
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
 Credit Hours11
Third Semester
Summer  
CTS 650 Rural Clinical Experience 5
 Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fourth Semester
CTS 611 Machine Learn Journal Club 1
CTS 612
& CTS 615
Intro Clin Machine Learn
and Intro Clinical Databases
6
CTS 616 Intro Clinical Program C# 3
 Credit Hours10
Fifth Semester
CTS 611 Machine Learn Journal Club 1
CTS 628
& CTS 637
Intro to Java Cln Prog
and Introduction to Tableau
7
CTS 645 Navigating Health IT 3
 Credit Hours11
 Total Credit Hours47

Clinical and Translational Science, M.S. (Clinical Research Area of Emphasis)

All students are required to successfully complete the following curriculum.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BMR 601 Intro DNA, RNA & Protiens 3
BMR 602 Intro Cells and Metabolism 3
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 600 Epi Used in Med Research 3
CTS 635 Writing and Peer Review 1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
BMR 603 Regulation Cell Function 2
BMR 604 Cell Basis of Disease 1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 614 Online Survey Tools 3
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
PHS 667 Experimental Appr to Phys 4
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Summer  
BMR 785 Intro to Research 1-6
 Credit Hours1-6
Second Year
Fourth Semester
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
CTS 660 Appalachian Phenotype 3
PMC 621 Medical Pharmacology I 6
 Credit Hours11
Fifth Semester
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 610 Study Design & Stats 3
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
PMC 622 Medical Pharmacology II 2
 Credit Hours7
 Total Credit Hours43-48

Clinical and Translational Science, M.S. (Clinical Trials Area of Emphasis)

All students are required to successfully complete the following curriculum.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
BMR 660 Communication Bio Sci I 1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 600 Epi Used in Med Research 3
CTS 620 Basic Research Operations 3
CTS 635 Writing and Peer Review 1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
 Credit Hours10
Second Semester
BMR 661 Communication Bio Sci II 1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 610 Study Design & Stats 3
CTS 614 Online Survey Tools 3
CTS 630 Fundamentals of Team Science 2
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
 Credit Hours11
Third Semester
Summer  
CTS 650 Rural Clinical Experience 5
 Credit Hours5
Second Year
Fourth Semester
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 625 Clinical Operations Lab 1-6
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
CTS 660 Appalachian Phenotype 3
 Credit Hours6-11
Fifth Semester
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 625 Clinical Operations Lab 1-6
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club 1
 Credit Hours3-8
 Total Credit Hours35-45