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Admission Requirements

Before students can be accepted into the certificate program, they must be enrolled in a doctoral degree–granting program in one of the schools of the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. They must be in good academic standing in their doctoral program and must have a strong interest in clinical and translational science.

Application Requirements

Interested candidates should submit a formal application to the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE). The components of the application are described below. Documents submitted in support of an application will not be released for other purposes. The documents become the property of the University of Pittsburgh and cannot be returned to the applicant under any circumstances.

  1. Personal Statement—The one-page personal statement should describe your research interests and how the program will benefit your clinical research career.
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Biosketch.
  3. Forms and Letters of Support—The application must include a completed application form. It must also include two letters of support. One letter should be from a mentor stating that he or she is willing to meet with you regularly. The other should be from an evaluator who has worked with you while you were a student or has supervised your research.
  4. Academic Records—You must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. You need to request that your previous educational institutions provide official documents (as defined below) for each year of university-level study that you completed. The documents must be submitted to the ICRE by traditional mail.

    Click here for the Transcript Request Form, which you can submit to your previous educational institutions. Please note that institutions may require additional paperwork to be completed by you in order to have your transcripts sent to us.

    Official documents are defined as original academic records that are issued by the institution attended and bear the seal of the issuing institution and the original signature of the registrar or appropriate official. Some institutions outside the United States issue only one set of records. If this is the case, the records can be photocopied, but the photocopy must be signed and certified as official either by the school authorities or by legal authorities. Do not send the original of any academic document that cannot be replaced (e.g., grade transcripts, diplomas, or certificates of graduation). Instead, send a certified photocopy of the original document. If your university or college issues the academic documents in a language other than English, you must submit the certified copy of the original documents in the original language. In addition, you must submit a certified English translation of the original documents. Do not submit a translation only. All translations must be complete and literal translations of the original records.

The admission decision is based on the total record of academic accomplishments of an applicant, including research experience, coursework, and letters of recommendation.

Online Application

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Address for Application Materials

All application materials should be sent to the following address:

Institute for Clinical Research Education
Degree Granting Programs in Clinical Research
University of Pittsburgh
200 Meyran Avenue, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213