Application Process

The Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program can be completed in two years and has four application cycles each year.

Application deadline Begin coursework
Note: Scholars admitted to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program are given priority registration in clinical and translational science (CTSC) classes.
January 1 Spring quarter
April 1 Summer quarter
July 1 Fall quarter
October 1 Winter quarter

Application instructions

  1. Identify a mentor

    Identifying a mentor is one of the most important steps in applying to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program. The mentor's most important role is to guide the student in the research experience portion of the program.

    Mentors must be chosen from within Mayo Clinic and must have extensive clinical or translational research experience. Mentors must have, or meet the criteria for, master or full level faculty privileges including an academic rank of associate professor or higher; must have demonstrated NIH or R01 funding; and must have successful previous experience mentoring scholars.

    Resources to identify and directly contact potential mentors include the following:

  2. Complete and submit application materials

    All application materials for the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program are accepted, reviewed and processed by CCaTS Education Resources, although formal admission is granted by Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

    All application materials must be received by the January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1 application deadlines. Note: Late or incomplete applications are not considered.

    Submit the completed program application (PDF) with the supporting materials outlined on the first page of the application to the CCaTS Education Programs inbox at Please indicate at the top of the second page that the application is for the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program.

    The application form also requires the following:

    • Mayo Clinic posting account unit (PAU)
    • Name and signature of the applicant's clinical or research administrator
    • Name and signature of the applicant's department or division chair
  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 Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program, a nonrefundable program fee of $12,000 will be charged to the PAU provided on the application form. The $12,000 fee is applicable for scholars beginning the program by July 1, 2021. The program fee may be increasing after this date. This site will be updated when the new pricing has been finalized.


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