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Master of Science or Certificate in Clinical Research: Application Information

Application Cycle

To apply for July 1 admission

Application period: December 15 – February 28

Application Requirements

Application FAQs

Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a formal application. 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.
  3. Forms and Letters of Support—There are four program-supplied forms that need to be completed in addition to the letters of support. Forms and letters are submitted electronically by the person designated in your application. Hard copies are not accepted.
    • The Guaranteed Protection of Time Form guarantees that 50%–75% of your time will be protected while you are in the program.
    • The Mentor Agreement Form is only required if you are applying to the Master of Science in Clinical Research.
    • There are two copies of the Evaluation Form, and you should ask two individuals to complete these. Completed forms will be accepted from the following: department heads, division chiefs, program directors, employers, supervisors, and mentors.
  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 Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) by traditional mail.

    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.
  5. Graduate Test Scores—If you have an MD degree, you are required to provide scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Otherwise, you need to provide scores from either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT), or the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). GRE scores less than 153 Verbal, 152 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical Writing will raise concern. If you hold an MD (or professional equivalent) from a non-U.S. university, you will need to provide copies of both your United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) test scores. The scores must be mailed directly to the ICRE degree program office from the Educational Testing Service. Exceptions: Graduate test scores are not required if you wish to apply to the certificate program. They are only required if you wish to apply to the master's program.
  6. English Language Test Scores—If you are a citizen of a country in which English is not the official language or if you are a citizen of the province of Quebec in Canada, you are required to show evidence of English language proficiency by submitting the official results from one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Students taking a version of the TOEFL must score a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL pBT or a minimum of 100 on the TOEFL iBT.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Students taking the IELTS must score a minimum of 7.00.
    • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG): Students must submit scores from both the USMLE and the ECFMG.
    Exceptions: If you have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, you are exempt from submitting English language proficiency test results.

Review of Applications

The Admissions Committee will consist of the directors of the ICRE, the directors of the core curriculum, and the directors of the specialty tracks. After reviewing and screening the applications, the committee will determine which of the applicants has the appropriate qualifications and the potential to conduct high-quality clinical research. If additional information is required from an applicant, the committee will arrange to interview the applicant.

Admission decisions will be based on the total record of academic accomplishments of each applicant. Preferences will be given to the following:

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