Application Process

The Certificate Program can be completed in one year (if you have 75% to 100% protected research time) and has two academic cycles each year. Regardless of application cycle, the three steps in the application process are the same.

Application deadline Begin coursework
Jan. 1 Spring quarter
April 1 Summer quarter
July 1 Fall quarter
Oct. 1 Winter quarter
Note: Scholars admitted to the Certificate Program are given priority registration in clinical and translational science (CTSC) classes.

Application instructions

  1. Identify a mentor

    Identifying a mentor is one of the most important steps in applying to the Certificate Program. The most critical role of the mentor is to guide the scholar in the research experience portion of the program.

    Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic. Resources to identify and directly contact potential mentors include the following:

  2. Complete and submit application materials

    All application materials for the Certificate Program are accepted, reviewed and processed by CCaTS Education Resources.

    All application materials must be received by the Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 or Oct. 1 application deadlines. Note: Late or incomplete applications are not considered. In addition to the application form, all supplemental items are due by these deadlines also. Start the process early to ensure that you have enough time to gather the required information and to give your recommendation letter writers adequate time to submit their letters prior to the deadline dates.

    1. Log on or create an account to begin the online Application for Admission.
      • School of Study: Select "Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences."
      • Area of Interest: Select "Clinical & Translational Science, Certificate."
    2. Select "Create a New Application."
      • Select "Start a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Application."
    3. Complete each section of the application.
      • Program Type: Select "Certificate."
    4. Submit the application. View the required Supplemental Items and Documents.
      • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section.
      • Complete the Recommendation Request section.
    5. Additional required items

      • CV or resume.
      • Research mentor recommendation — your selected research mentor will be automatically sent instructions for this when you submit your application.
      • Unofficial Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences transcript, if applicable.
      • Program Fee Agreement Form.
      • Recommendation letter: Should be from a person acquainted with your personal, academic or professional qualifications.
  3. Application review

    Applications are reviewed by the CCaTS Postdoctoral Programs Executive Committee and applicants are notified via email within six weeks regarding application status.

Program fee

Upon admission to the Certificate Program, the nonrefundable program fee will be charged to the cost center number provided on the Program Fee Agreement Form. The program fee is $9,000.


The CCaTS Education Contacts page contains a listing of team members who can assist you with questions.