Prior to Applying

Prospective applicants unfamiliar with clinical translational science should review the information in our FAQ. All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs prior to applying. Applicants should also review the research being conducted by faculty on the Tucson or Phoenix campus, and may wish to contact prospective mentors to discuss research opportunities prior to applying.

General Admission Requirements

All applicants must supply transcripts, a current CV or resume, a personal statement of interest in the program and two (2) letters of recommendation that attest to their ability to complete a graduate research degree program.

GRE scores are not required for the application.

International Students

All international applicants from non-English speaking nations must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. Tests must be dated within two (2) years of the application term to be considered valid.

  • Minimum TOEFL score: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.
  • Minimum IELTS score: 7

Please note that the Graduate College requires newly admitted international students to provide a financial guarantee demonstrating they can afford to study in the United States.

How to Apply

Applications for admission to the CTS MS or PhD program are submitted using the Graduate College’s online application system. All supporting materials are uploaded as part of the online application. For questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions. For questions about the admission requirements for the CTS program, please contact CTS Support.

Admission Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizen and Permanent Resident Applicants:

  • April 1 for Fall (August) admission.
  • September 15 for Spring admission.

International Applicants:

  • March 15 for Fall (August) admission.
  • September 15 for Spring admission.

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

What We Look For in an Applicant

A qualified applicant to the CTS MS or PhD program is one who understands and is pursuing a career in clinical translational science. He or she has at least minimal experience with health sciences research in a laboratory setting and may have experience as a clinician or health sciences professional. A record of completed research projects and peer-reviewed publications is helpful, but not essential. Applicants typically will have identified a potential UA faculty mentor or faculty members whose research is related to the applicant’s interests. The applicant is strongly encouraged to make contact with the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs prior to applying.