Though the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program has just one start date each year — early in July — there are two opportunities to apply, one prior to the program start date and one after the program start date. Regardless of which deadline you choose to apply for, the three steps in the application process are the same.
- Applying by the March 1 deadline. If you choose to apply by the March 1, 2012, deadline and are admitted to the program, you can then register in June 2012 for the program's first quarter of course work, which begins July 2, 2012.
Applying by the Sept. 1 deadline. If you choose to apply by the Sept. 1, 2012, deadline, you need to begin the program's course work prior to applying. You will register in June 2012 and begin taking the program's first quarter of course work, which begins July 2, 2012, as if you were already admitted into the program.
To do this, register for the appropriate courses using the standard Mayo Graduate School course registration process, but indicate in the "degree pursuing" box on the registration form that you're a nondegree candidate.
After beginning the course work, remember to submit your application for the program by Sept. 1, 2012.
1. Identify a mentor
Identifying a mentor is one of the most important steps in applying to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program. Your mentor will assist you in developing a description of your proposed research experience.
Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic. You can use Mayo's research faculty directory and research departments and centers to identify and directly contact potential mentors. Contact CTSA Education Resources if you need assistance identifying potential mentors.
2. Submit application materials
All application materials for the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program are accepted, reviewed and processed by CTSA Education Resources, though formal admission is granted by Mayo Graduate School.
All application materials need to be received by either the March 1, 2012, or Sept. 1, 2012, application deadline for the 2012 program start date of July 2 (see explanation above).
To apply, complete the program application form and submit it along with the supporting materials outlined on the form's first page. As this form is used for both master's degree and certificate program applicants, be sure to indicate at the top of the second page that you are applying for the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program.
The application form also requires that you provide a Mayo Clinic posting account unit (PAU), the name and signature of your clinical or research administrator, and the name and signature of your department or division chair. On the date you're admitted to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program, a nonrefundable program fee of $7,000 will be charged to the PAU you provide.
3. Application review and program commencement
Applications are reviewed by the CTSA Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee immediately after the March 1 and Sept. 1 due dates. You will be notified within six weeks regarding your application status.
Our Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.