MS in Clinical Translational Sciences

Now offered on UAHS Phoenix and Tucson Campuses!

Program Description

The Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) Graduate Program at the University of Arizona (UA) is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical translational sciences, either for postgraduate students already granted a terminal degree in a health science-related field (e.g., MD, DPharm, DrPH, DNP, etc.), or for post-baccalaureate students who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree.

The program gives students the foundation for a research career in the Clinical Translational Sciences. To achieve this aim, the student requires: (a) an adequate base knowledge of biostatistics and CTS coursework that is specific to the student’s health-related discipline or clinical interest (e.g. Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.); (b) professional development including training in research ethics, presentation and publication of research findings, and preparation of grant applications; and (c) experience and training in research, culminating in a major research project.

The mission of the Master’s program is to provide an avenue for the student to gain more experience in and exposure to the diverse areas of the clinical translational sciences and to offer a mechanism for the student to obtain in-depth knowledge in a specific area of medical research.  CTS students may specialize in an area such as immunology, neuroscience, cellular and molecular medicine, pharmacology, etc. To this end, students will participate in a specific laboratory or clinical research project under the guidance of a UA faculty member, in addition to taking courses selected from the offerings of UA's health sciences colleges:  Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing.

Research Opportunities in our Academic Units

The CTS Program is administered on both the Tucson and Phoenix campuses by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, with participating faculty from the College of Medicine-Tucson, the College of Medicine-Phoenix, the College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

  • Tucson research opportunities, click here.
  • Phoenix research opportunities, click here.

Tuition and Fees

Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information and tuition and fees.  Note that anyone employed by UA in a benefits-eligible position may also take advantage of the University’s Qualified Tuition Reduction program.

Admissions Procedures and Requirements

General Admission Requirements

Applicants must supply transcripts, a current CV or resume, a personal statement of interest in the program, and two letters of recommendation that attest to their ability to complete a graduate research degree program.  Students who have not already completed a terminal health-sciences degree, as well as those who have earned a Pharm.D., must also take the GRE.  (The Institution Code to have the score reported to the University of Arizona is 4832.)

International Students

All international applicants from non-English speaking nations must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. Tests must be dated within 2 years of the intended admission term to be considered valid. (Minimum TOEFL score: 79 iBT or 550 PBT; minimum IELTS score: 7)

To apply for admission to the CTS M.S. program, please submit your application using the Graduate College’s online application system.  For questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions at For questions about the admission requirements for the CTS program, please contact

Admission Deadlines

  • U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident Applicants: April 1 for Fall (August) admission; October 15 for Spring admission.
  • International Applicants: March 15 for Fall (August) admission; October 15 for Spring admission.

     All application materials, including letters of recommendation and test scores, must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered.

Degree Requirements

All M.S. students must complete a minimum of 30 units of graduate-level coursework, including up to 6 units of thesis credit, to earn the degree.  At least 15 units must be letter-graded (i.e., A, B, C).  Upon approval by the student’s faculty advisor and the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs, up to 6 graduate credits can be transferred from another graduate program or an M.D. or other terminal degree, provided the grade earned is "B" or better, and the course was completed within 6 years of the planned M.S. completion.

Sample curricula for the M.S. degree are available for postgraduate and post-baccalaureate students.

Note: Substitutions for normally required courses may be approved by the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs and the faculty advisor. The remainder of the required units will be accounted for by courses from any of UA's Health Sciences colleges selected by the student’s faculty advisor as relevant to the student’s research interests.

Minor Requirements

  • Master’s students at UA do not declare a minor, but the student may include courses from another field in the program of study with their advisor’s approval.

More Information

For more information, please contact the CTS program at