Information for Prospective Students

Information For Prospective Students

Graduate Program Descriptions

PhD in Clinical and Translational Science

The PhD in CTS is a 75 credit hour degree designed for individuals who wish to become full-fledged independent investigators in CTS. Students are expected to complete 19 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325), at least 12 credit hours of elective courses, and a minimum of 20 credit hours of supervised research. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS, complete a teaching requirement, successfully pass a comprehensive exam, and successfully complete and publicly defend a dissertation.

Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science

Concentration in Investigation

The Master's in CTS is a 31 credit hour degree designed for individuals who desire more intensive exposure to focused areas in CTS. Students are expected to complete 19 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325), 6 credit hours of electives, and 6 credit hours of supervised research. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS, successfully pass a comprehensive exam, and successfully complete and publicly defend a thesis. Applicants should have Doctoral Degrees, expertise in their specialties and desire the skills to succeed as Principal Investigators. Candidates will generally have had some research experience. A typical candidate would be an MD taking a postgraduate fellowship in a medical or specialty, or a Doctorate in Nursing who wants to enhance or deepen research skills.

Concentration in Surgery

The Master's in CTS is a 31 credit hour degree designed for individuals who desire more intensive exposure to focused areas in CTS. Students are expected to complete 19 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325), 6 credit hours of electives, and 6 credit hours of supervised research. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS, successfully pass a comprehensive exam, and successfully complete and publicly defend a thesis. Applicants must be surgical residents, surgical fellows, or surgical attending physicians. This Concentration requires elective courses in surgery as part of the MS program.

Concentration in Research Management

The Master's in CTS is a 31 credit hour degree designed for individuals who have an interest in becoming science professionals, including research coordinators, patient advocates, research administrators, etc. These students do not intend to become Principal Investigators. Students are expected to complete 22 credit hours of core coursework courses (CTS 301, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 315, 320), 3 credit hours of electives, and successfully complete a 6 credit hour research internship under the supervision of a research mentor. Individuals must also participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS and successfully pass a comprehensive exam. No thesis or defense is required. 

Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science

The Certificate in CTS is designed for biomedical scientists, health care professionals, and scholars in other fields (e.g., ethics, business, engineering, law) who are seeking to broaden their horizons in clinical and translational research. Students are expected to complete 19 credits of core coursework (CTS 301, 305, 306, 310, 315, 320, 325) and participate in the weekly Seminar in CTS. No comprehensive exam or thesis is required. 

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Admission Requirements

Applicants for graduate programs in Clinical and Translational Science must hold the following:

  • U.S. Baccalaureate degree or an equivalent international degree.

  • Four semesters of college-level science highly recommended.

  • Two semesters of college-level mathematics or statistics highly recommended.

  • Two semesters of college level English composition or equivalent.

Qualified candidates will have excellent GPA's and recommendations. While there is no minimum number requirement, successful candidates in other graduate programs at the University of Vermont generally have a minumum GPA of 3.5.

Interviews with appointed faculty are required for all candidates to the MS and PhD programs.

Students applying to the PhD in CTS must have a source of funding and a Key CTS research mentor * willing to provide a letter of support as part of the application.

*Co-mentoring with Faculty from other programs is allowed and often desirable but must involve CTS Faculty in all aspects of student research. This requirement is also applicable to CTS students in MS program wishing to transfer to PhD.
 

We anticipate that some prospective students will not have completed all requirements. All students seeking admission to our programs should contact CTS Education prior to finalizing their application.

Upon acceptance into the program and after an appropriate course of study has been agreed upon, enrolled students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in didactic coursework, have acceptable evaluations in their research work and meet all program requirements.

STANDARDIZED EXAM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

Applicants holding a degree from an unaccredited institution and  International applicants must submit standardized exam scores to be considered for admission to the Master’s and PhD programs. It is recommended that all other applicants to Clinical and Translational Science degree programs submit standardized exam scores although it is not required. The average mean score of the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic GRE exams will usually rank in the 60th percentile or above for qualified candidates.

International Applicant
An international applicant applying for a master’s or PhD program is required by UVM Graduate College policy to submit official verbal and quantitative scores from the GRE or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) for admission.  Certificate of Graduate Study applicants are excluded.

In addition, if the applicant’s native or first language is not English, he/she is required to submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  See Minimum Score Requirements on Graduate College Website.

University of Vermont Funding Requirement

Applicants applying for admission who also intend to seek funding through the University of Vermont are required to submit an official copy of the GRE, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores at the time the application is submitted.  The exam submitted must have been taken within the last five years. 

Applicants admitted into a UVM program without standardized exam scores will not be eligible for UVM funding and may not submit scores after being admitted.

Financial aid in the form of loans does not require a standardized exam score

 

Transfer of Credits:

Students may transfer CTS courses or other relevant graduate level courses with grades of B or better from an accredited institution to an MS or PhD program. Please refer to the Graduate College Transfer of Credit Policy for details.  A maximum of  3 credits of CTS courses from UVM with a grade of B or higher are permitted to to transfer into the Certificate program. 

Application Deadlines

  • October 1 for a spring semester admission

  • March 1 for a fall semester admission

  • Physicians who are currently completing a surgical residency may additionally apply for the Certificate in CTS on August 15 for a fall semester admission.  The August 15 deadline applies to the Certificate only. Physicians interested in the Master of Science or PhD in CTS must adhere to the October 1 or March 1 deadline.

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How to Apply

All Applications for admission are submitted online, and can be found on the Graduate College website:  

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science in conjunction with the Graduate College requires the following items to be submitted  before the application deadlines:

Submit electronically:

  • Application Form

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Vermont Resident Status Application

  • Application Fee

  • Requests for three letters of recommendation to be completed through the University of Vermont Online Recommendation System

Request documents be sent to UVM Graduate College:

  • GREs, MCATs, or USMLE scores*: The UVM Institution Code for test scores is 3920

    • Required for an applicant with a degree from an unaccredited institution or international applicant who is applying to a MS or PhD program.

    • Required for an applicant considering or applying for UVM funding (i.e. assistantships, fellowships, trainees, etc. Scores must be submitted with application to be eligible for funding.

  • TOEFL: the test of English as a Foreign Language when applicable

  • Official Transcript: from all post-secondary institutions attended
 

Postal Submission-(Submit one package with all information) to:

Graduate Admission Office
University of Vermont
85 So. Prospect St – Waterman 330
Burlington, VT 05405-0160

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Additional Personal Statement for CTS programs: Please write a personal statement that demonstrates interest in the field and gives clarity to what you want out of the program.   It should answer the following questions:

    • What is your research experience?  Please include details and your roles in projects you have been involved with.
    • What are your goals and aspirations?
    • What specific areas or research questions would you like to pursue?
    • If you have had a mentor, tell us about your work together.
    • If you have identified a mentor at UVM, tell us why you want to work with him/her.
    • What is missing in your experience that would be enriched by this MS or PhD?

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How to register for CTS courses (non-degree students)

  Individuals interested in taking CTS courses may register online through Continuing Education. Once you have established a student ID number, you will be required to email the course instructor providing your name, student ID, and previous education completed.  After receiving the instructor permission, you will complete the course registration online.  

Program Contact Information

Sylvie Frisbie
Program Specialist
Given Courtyard S461

Sylvie.Frisbie@uvm.edu

802-656-4560