As a scholar in the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program in clinical and translational science, you are expected to gain competencies through carefully selected didactic course work and a mentored research project. The degree requires a minimum of 24 didactic credits, a written comprehensive exam, two required workshops, and the preparation and oral defense of a thesis.

If you are able to commit 100 percent of your time to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program, you can complete the 24 credits and your thesis proposal in two years. The program will take longer if less than 100 percent of your time is available to complete the course work.

Core competencies

The CCaTS Education Resources Executive Committee has defined a set of core competencies that you are expected to acquire and refine during your master's degree program course work and research.

These competencies reflect an overarching and integrated set of skills, which goes beyond the objectives of individual courses and represents the core knowledge and skills needed for you to become a productive clinical investigator.

  • Critically evaluate clinical research in the medical literature
  • Articulate the legal and ethical responsibilities of a clinical investigator
  • Devise feasible and testable hypotheses
  • Design and conduct a clinical research project
  • Be prepared to write grant proposals that are judged successfully competitive
  • Effectively communicate research results through both manuscripts and presentations
  • Articulate the strengths and limitations of each study design
  • Apply the appropriate study design
  • Utilize appropriate biostatistical methods
  • Understand the peer review process and consider that process when preparing papers and grants

Course work component

All course work for the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program is offered through Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. You need a minimum of 24 credits to complete the program — 16 are required and eight are elective.

Base your eight elective credits on recommendations from your mentor. Courses may be either clinical and translational science courses or Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences courses. Visit Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Course Information for links to all courses.

Your 16 required credits will be fulfilled by taking these courses:

Course Credits
CORE 6000: Responsible Conduct of Research 1
CTSC 5010: Clinical Research Protocol Development 2
CTSC 5020: Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research 1
CTSC 5300: Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (Epi I) 1
CTSC 5310: Clinical Epidemiology II (Epi II) 1
CTSC 5390: Advanced Applied Epidemiological Methods (Epi III) 2
CTSC 5600: Statistics in Clinical Research (Stats I) 2
CTSC 5601: Utilizing Statistics in Clinical Research 1
CTSC 5610: Introductory Statistical Methods II (Stats II) 3
CTSC 5690: Critical Appraisal of Statistical Methods in the Medical Literature (Stats III) 1
CTSC 5720: Clinical Trials: Design and Conduct 1
"Write Winning Grants" (required noncredit workshop) 0
"Writing for Biomedical Publications" (required noncredit workshop) 0
Total 16