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Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science

The M.S.-CTS is a 30-credit-hour degree (with required mentored research project and thesis) designed to provide a comprehensive didactic curriculum and training program in clinical and translational science. This degree typically requires two to three years to complete.


Individuals who have completed an M.D., Ph.D., DMD/DDS or PharmD program (or equivalent) and have the ability and resources to conduct clinical/ translational research at the University of Florida are eligible to apply.

Individuals who seek a degree and have not taken a standardized pre-professional aptitude test for entry into U.S. professional schools (e.g. MCAT, DAT, PCAT), or who have not completed an academic or professional degree in the U.S. will be required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before being formally admitted to a master’s degree program. The TOEFL or equivalent may also be required.

Program Requirements


The M.S.-CTS 30-credit-hour requirement is met with a combination of core courses and elective hours. Required core courses are listed below by the semester during which they are typically offered. Also see Recommended Courses.

GMS 7093: Introduction to Clinical/Translational Research (2 credits)

GMS 6861: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

Quantitative Literacy for Translational Research (1 credit)
GMS 6931: Ethical/Policy Issues in Clinical Research (2 credits)
PET 5936: Grant Writing (3 credits)

Offered each semester
PHC 6001: Principles of Epidemiology (3 credits)

Minimum 5 credits of Research Design & Analysis elective coursework

Final semester of study
GMS 6971: Master’s Thesis (3 credits if graduating spring/fall, 2 credits if graduating in summer)

The balance of the 30 credit hours is fulfilled with electives and/ or research hours. An elective can be any graduate course relevant to the student’s area of clinical/ translational research. Research hours may include GMS 6905: Independent Study (up to 10 credit hours may apply to the degree) and GMS 6910: Supervised Research (up to 5 credit hours may apply to the degree).

Please note: Individuals accepted into the MS-CTS program are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees associated with coursework required for the degree. This includes the application fee, thesis library fee, and any late registration and/or late tuition payment fees that might be incurred.

Research Project and Thesis

M.S.-CTS students are required to conduct a mentored clinical/ translational research project. The project must be:

  • The student’s own project with its own background, significance and hypothesis(es) (projects carved from a larger research study are permitted);
  • Clinical or translational in nature (see definitions below);
  • Mentored by at least one individual with expertise in the area being studied;
  • Easily completed within the timeframe of M.S.-CTS studies (two to three years).

The results of the research project will be written up and submitted as the student’s required master’s thesis. Students are also highly encouraged to submit their results to peer-reviewed journals for publication.

Annual Research Day

Students will present their research in oral and/ or poster format during the annual CTSI Research Day in the spring of each year.

How to Apply*

  1. Apply to the UF graduate school via their website:
    • Level of application is “Graduate”
    • Degree is Master of Science, Medical Sciences, IDP Clinical/Translational Science
    • Be sure to request official transcripts from all universities attended, including foreign institutions if applicable, and have them sent to UF Graduate Admissions. If your most recent degree was obtained at UF, you do not need to request your transcripts.
  2. Complete and send the MS CTS application materials along with a copy of your UF graduate school application to Ron Shorr, MD, MS at

*Nominees for the Training and Research Academy for Clinical and Translational Science (TRACTS) should complete the TRACTS nomination process before applying to the UF Graduate School.


  1. Clinical Research: Patient-oriented research, including epidemiologic and behavioral studies, outcomes research, and health services research. Patient-oriented research is research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) in which a researcher directly interacts with human subjects. It includes research on mechanisms of human disease, therapeutic interventions, clinical trials, and development of new technologies, but does not include in vitro studies using human tissues not linked to a living individual. Studies falling under 45 CFR 46.101(b) (4) are not considered clinical research for purposes of this definition. (Source:
  2. Translational Research: Translational research includes two areas of translation. One is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The second area of translation concerns research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies is also an important part of translational science. (Source: