Scholars in the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program in clinical and translational science are expected to gain competencies through carefully selected didactic coursework and a mentored research project. The degree requirements include:

  • A minimum of 24 didactic credits
  • A written comprehensive exam
  • Two workshops
  • Preparation and oral defense of a thesis

If the scholar is able to commit 100 percent of his or her time to the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program, it is possible to complete the 24 credits and the thesis proposal in two years. The program will take longer if less than 100 percent of the scholar's time is available to complete the coursework.

Core competencies

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

The Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program competencies reflect an overarching and integrated set of skills that goes beyond individual course objectives to represent the core knowledge and abilities needed to become a productive clinical investigator. Upon successful completion of the program, scholars are able to:

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

Coursework component

All coursework for the Postdoctoral Master's Degree Program is offered through Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A minimum of 24 credits is required to complete the program — 15 are required and nine are elective.

Scholars select the nine elective credits based on recommendations from their mentors. 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.

The 15 required credits are 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 5370: Introduction to Epidemiology 2
CTSC 5390: Advanced Applied Epidemiological Methods 2
CTSC 5600: Statistics in Clinical and Translational Research 2
CTSC 5601: Utilizing Statistics in Clinical Research 1
CTSC 5610: Introductory Statistical Methods II 3
CTSC 5720: Clinical Trials — Design and Conduct 1
Write Winning Grant Proposals (required noncredit workshop) 0
Writing and Publishing High-Impact Research Manuscripts (required noncredit workshop) 0
Total 15