Application Process

The Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program can be completed in two years if you have 75% to 100% protected research time. The program 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 classes (CTSC).
Jan. 1 Spring quarter
April 1 Summer quarter
July 1 Fall quarter
Oct. 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. They also must meet or have met the criteria for master- or full-level faculty privileges; must have demonstrated NIH or R01 funding; and must have successful 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 Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 or Oct. 1 application deadline. 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 in 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, Postdoctoral Basic Science Master's."
    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 "Postdoctoral Basic Science Master's."
    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 to provide this when you submit your application.
      • Unofficial Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences transcript, if applicable.
      • Program Fee Agreement Form (PDF).
      • Recommendation letter: Should be from a person familiar 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 your admission to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program, the nonrefundable program fee will be charged to the cost center number provided on the Program Fee Agreement Form (PDF). The current program fee is $20,000.


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