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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.

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. 1
Sept. 1 Jan. 1 July 1

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) every six months following approval of your proposal. Within one week of your meeting, submit a TAC progress report to the program education specialist. This 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

The Written Comprehensive Examination is offered annually the third Tuesday of January, April and August. Registration is required by contacting the postdoctoral education specialist. Each exam has a maximum number of seats, so please plan accordingly.

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

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. 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 Graduate School Thesis Guidelines document located on the Mayo Graduate School Forms intranet page (must be logged in to the Mayo network).
  • Submit your Library Sharing Agreement.
  • Submit the Thesis Hold Form (if applicable) to the CCaTS program education specialist.

Milestone 7: Graduation

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

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