Clinical and Translational Research

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Clinical and Translational Research (MCTR) is administered by the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) at the University of Connecticut. The program, which stresses clinical research methods and a research practicum, is offered to individuals with a health-related terminal degree (for example, M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.D.S., or D.M.D.) to provide practical research training in preparation for independent research. Due to course sequencing, students are typically admitted for the Fall semester. All work must be completed within four years from the beginning of study, which is defined as the beginning date of the earliest course, wherever taken, listed on the approved Master’s Plan of Study. The three core courses in clinical and translational research are generally taken consecutively; therefore, the minimum timeframe to complete the program is 18 months. Students must submit a Plan of Study no later than the beginning of their final semester before degree completion. The MCTR program is a Plan B (non-thesis) program. Students are required to complete a final examination, which entails the oral defense of a grant application and a manuscript. Final examination materials (grant application and manuscript) must be submitted to the MCTR Administrative Office at least three weeks prior to the student’s final exam.

Requirements: The M.S. program in Clinical and Translational Research requires a minimum of 30 credits. The credits include: nine credits of core course work, 12 research practicum credits and nine credits of elective course work approved by the MCTR Executive Committee. Students may also take an independent study (CLTR 5099) in place of an elective.

Core Courses: CLTR 5020, 5357, and 5359.

Research Practicum: CLTR 5407 for 12 credits.

Elective Courses: A total of nine elective credits are required. Students will choose from a list of approved courses including, but not limited to CLTR 5360, which students are encouraged to enroll in. In the subsequent semester, students have the option to enroll in a three-credit independent study to write a publishable manuscript with their academic mentor. Examples of approved electives include: MEDS 5308, 5310, 6447; PUBH 5404, 5405, 5409, 5436, 5475, 5501, 5504. Students may request permission from the MCTR Executive Committee to enroll in an elective that is not on the list of approved courses.

The program is offered by UConn Health.