Master of Science in Medical Science - Clinical and Translational Science

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (CTS Pathway) offers a clinical and translational science pathway for those with a rigorous medical sciences background (e.g., health-related professional degree, MS or PhD in basic medical sciences) or those seeking a dual degree (e.g., MD/MS). The program provides mentored research training with a flexible curriculum tailored to the needs of professional scholars interested in designing, implementing and publishing their own research studies or contributing to clinical and translational science teams. The pathway offers 24-credit (thesis required) or 30-credit options each consisting of 14 credit hours of competency-based training (i.e., Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science) combined with additional coursework and independent study (10 or 16 credits) tailored to the scholar’s research career interest; a program of mentored research training, and a Masters defense focused on the scholar's independent research study.



  • MS or PhD in basic medical sciences, MD, DMD, DDS, PharmD, DVM, DO, DNP, PA, PT or those seeking a dual degree (MD/MS)

  • Applications are formally reviewed and approved by the Admissions Committee of the CCTS/Department of Behavioral Science and the DGS of the MS in Medical Sciences.

  • Current enrollment in a UK graduate program or post-baccalaureate acceptance through the Graduate School 

  • Full-time UK employees may use the Employee Education Program to cover tuition costs.

Application Process/Dates:

  • Completion and submission of the CTS Scholars Application

  • All application materials for the Fall semester must be received by May 1.

  • All application materials for the Spring semester must be received by October 1.

  • Late applications will NOT be considered until the following semester


MSMS-CTS will complete a total of 30 credit hours, but how those credit hours are distributed is determined by whether the student chooses the thesis option (Plan A) or non-thesis option (Plan B). Students entering the Clinical & Translational Pathway who choose the thesis option (Plan A) are required to completed a total of 24 hours of graduate level coursework (i.e., 14 credit hours of core curriculum and 10 credit hours of tailored curriculum) plus at least six hours of mentored research. The non-thesis option (Plan B) requires 30 hours of graduate-level coursework (i.e., 14 credit hours of core curriculum and 16 credit hours of tailored curriculum) and preparation of a research paper. 

Core Curriculum (14 credit hours):


Course Number


Course Credit



BSC 731

Methods and Technologies in Clinical and Translational Science


Fall and Spring

BSC 732 

Interdisciplinary Protocol Development 


Fall and Spring

BSC 733 

Seminar in Clinical and Translational Science


Fall and Spring

BSC 534

Ethics and Responsibility in Clinical Research


Fall and Spring

BSC 772

Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research


Fall and Spring

BSC 790

Research in Medical Behavioral Science


Fall and Spring

Mentored Research: 

The mentor/trainee relationship is probably the single most important predictor of a scholar’s success in early stages of a research career.         

Master’s Advisory Committee:

  • Primary Mentor - UK faculty member with a successful, funded research program in the scholar’s area of interest.

    • The primary mentor should be willing to support the scholar’s:
         - Curriculum progress
         - Research productivity
         - Dissemination of scientific ideas
         - Career development

  • Two Co-Mentors - UK faculty members chosen to support interdisciplinary content, techniques and skills related to the scholar’s research interest.