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Program Milestones

While recognizing that each master's degree scholar will have his or her own individualized program and timeline, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) Postdoctoral Programs Committee tracks your progress toward successfully completing the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program. Please submit all required items electronically to your CCaTS program education specialist before the deadlines listed below.

Milestone 1: Research proposal packet

The submission deadline for your research proposal packet is based on your academic cycle listed below. However, you are encouraged to submit your proposal packet as early as possible. See the research requirements page for details.

Application deadline Begin course work Proposal due
March 1 July 1 Jan. 15
Sept. 1 Jan. 1 July 15

Lack of adherence to deadlines may result in academic probation and dismissal from the program.

Milestone 2: Workshops

Scholars are required to attend the "Write Winning Grant Proposals" and "Writing for Biomedical Publication" workshops. Both are offered once each year and included in your program fee.

Milestone 3: Progress meeting

Meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) three months after the approval of your research proposal and every six months thereafter. Within one week of your meeting, submit a TAC progress report progress report to the program education specialist. This detailed report includes progress made to date and outlines the projected timeline and expectations for the next meeting. Lack of submission of a progress report may result in academic probation.

Milestone 4: Completion of didactic course work

The Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program requires the completion of 24 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Read more about the program's curriculum, including required and elective courses. You are encouraged to meet with the program education specialist early to discuss your plan of study and complete your degree program form. This is to ensure your course work is completed within your schedule.

Milestone 5: Written Comprehensive Examination

Passing the Written Comprehensive Examination demonstrates your ability to integrate and synthesize the core competencies of the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program.

Eligibility to sit for the Written Comprehensive Exam includes:

  • Submission of the research proposal packet and approval by the Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee
  • Successful completion of the required courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA

Note: To defend your thesis, there is a waiting period of approximately eight weeks after sitting for the Written Comprehensive Exam.

Milestone 6: Submission and defense of thesis (Final Oral Examination)

Scheduling your thesis defense date may take three to six months to accommodate the schedules of your TAC members. Please plan accordingly. See Final Oral Examination for a timeline to schedule your defense. The thesis defense is a public forum in which you present your research and take questions from the audience. Therefore, you identify a forum to present to your peers and faculty.

After successfully defending your thesis, your TAC may request revisions to your thesis. Once your TAC approves thesis revisions, complete the following items to be cleared for graduation:

  • Upload your final thesis to the ProQuest website. Additional information is found on page 18 of the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Thesis Guidelines document located on the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Forms intranet page (must be logged in to the Mayo network).
  • Submit the Thesis Dissertation Publication Form

Milestone 7: Graduation

Degrees are granted to Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program scholars four times each year in February, May, August and November.

  • May 30, 2017
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