This Master’s of Science in Clinical and Translational Investigation (MSCTI) at the University of Miami has been established to create a structured educational program that offers trainees of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds formal graduate training in the principles and practice of translational science and clinical research. Our highly integrated, cross-disciplinary program has been designed to further the new discipline of translational science by providing a foundation for the development of future practitioners and leaders of translational science who are prepared to deal with the perceived bottlenecks that inhibit translational research: institutional culture and practice, scientific complexity of translational research design and methodology, and regulatory and ethical processes. The overall goal of this curriculum development award is to engage promising new and Early Stage Investigators in the discipline of translational science, so that they make the pursuit of academic translational science their own professional goal.

The Masters in Clinical and Translational Investigation program is a one to three –year (time dependent on goals and responsibilities of accepted students), 30 credit program that includes completion of structured content courses, participation in small group interactive seminars, and completion of a K-award, R21,or R01-type interdisciplinary clinical/translational research proposal that will serve as a thesis or a formal master thesis, to be evaluated by a thesis committee consisting of one member of the Steering Committee, two faculty members, each representing one component of the translational focus (T1, T2, T3) of the student, and another investigator not affiliated with the K30 program.

Successful completion of the MSCTI will required a GPA of 3.0 or greater with no grades below C in any courses (these can be retaken and improved grades substituted) and successful completion of the thesis project


All strong research backgrounds are eligible to submit an application. Applications will be reviewed in batches, and admittance will be based on those most qualified for the program. We strongly encourage the following to apply:

  • Individuals who have completed terminal healthcare degrees (e.g., MD, PhD, DO, RN) who are interested in pursuing additional formal didactic training to become independent investigators in clinical and/or translational science;
  • Individuals who have completed terminal scientific degrees (e.g., Ph.D., DSci) who are interested in pursuing additional formal didactic training to improve knowledge and skills related to translation of basic to clinical applications; and
  • Individuals who are currently enrolled in a terminal degree program (e.g., MD, PhD) who are interested in adding a year to their program to obtain a MCTSI concurrent with their terminal degree.

Completed application package consist of the following:

  • Completed online application form
  • Application fee (US dollars, non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement of career goals and interest in degree program.
  • Members of the Admissions Committees examine each application for acceptance into the program. Materials submitted in support of an application are confidential and cannot be released for other purposes nor returned to the applicant.

A GRE is not required


For any questions regarding the Master’s in Clinical and Translational Investigation (MSCTI), Translational Research Bootcamp, or the Clinical and Translational Science Seminar Series, contact:

Katie Lewitt
Program Manager
MS Clinical and Translational Investigation
Office: 305-243-6398