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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 Sciences (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 and supporting documents

The deadline for your research proposal and supporting documents is based on your academic cycle listed below. However, you are encouraged to submit your proposal as early as possible. See the research requirements page for a complete list of materials you need to submit for this milestone.

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.

Milestone 3: Progress meeting

Meet with your Thesis Advisory Committee every six months following approval of your proposal, and complete and submit a progress report. This report should summarize the progress made to date and outline 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 that you complete 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. It is encouraged that you meet with the postdoctoral education specialist to assist you with developing your degree program form to ensure that your course work can be accomplished within your schedule.

Milestone 5: Comprehensive Written Examination

The Comprehensive Written Examination is offered three times a year. You need to register at least six weeks in advance by contacting the postdoctoral education specialist. Passing the Comprehensive Written 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)

The scheduling of the thesis defense date may take three to six months to accommodate the schedules of your Thesis Advisory Committee members. See Final Oral Examination for a timeline for scheduling your defense. The thesis defense is a public forum in which you present your research and take questions from the audience. It is requested that you identify a forum to present to your peers and faculty.

Milestone 7: Graduation

Degrees are granted to Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program scholars four times a year.

  • Jan 2, 2015
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