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, e-mail and/or call 304-696-3365.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted, 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 university for receipt of a master’s degree. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for a non-thesis degree. For the CTS master's, students must complete the core classes (21 credit hours) and the courses within their chosen area of emphasis (22 credit hours). In addition, all students must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive exam.

Plan of Study

CTS 600Epi Used in Med Research3
CTS 610Study Design & Stats3
CTS 614Online Survey Tools3
CTS 620Basic Research Operations3
CTS 630Fundamentals of Team Science2
CTS 635Writing and Peer Review1
BMR 680Seminar 12
BMR 660Communication Bio Sci I1
BMR 661Communication Bio Sci II1
2 hours any CTS or BMR journal club2
Total Credit Hours21

Taken twice (1 hr. x 2).