Admissions Procedures and Requirements - CTS Ph.D. and M.S.

Prior to Applying

Prospective applicants unfamiliar with clinical translational science should review the information in our FAQ.  All applicants are encouraged to contact the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs prior to applying.  We recommend that applicants also review the research being conducted by faculty on the Tucson or Phoenix campus and contact prospective mentors to discuss research opportunities prior to applying.  The admission application will be viewed more favorably if the applicant has identified prospects for mentorship.

General Admission Requirements

All applicants must supply transcripts, a current CV or resume, a personal statement of interest in the program, and two letters of recommendation that attest to their ability to complete a graduate research degree program.  

International Students

All international applicants from non-English speaking nations must provide an adequate score on an accepted English proficiency exam to satisfy the Graduate College's admission requirement. Tests must be dated within 2 years of the application term to be considered valid.

Please note that the Graduate College requires newly admitted international students to provide a financial guarantee demonstrating they can afford to study in the United States.

How to Apply

Applications for admission to the CTS Ph.D. or M.S. program are submitted using the Graduate College’s online application system.  All supporting materials are uploaded as part of the online application.  For questions about the application process, please contact Graduate Admissions at For questions about the admission requirements for the CTS program, please contact

Admission Application Deadlines

Fall deadline: Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to complete their applications for Fall admission by December 15 to maximize funding opportunities. Applications to the Ph.D. or M.S. program can be accepted as late as February 1 for Fall (August) admission.

Spring deadline: Applications can be accepted as late as September 15 for Spring (January) admission.

Note: All application materials, including the minimum two required letters of recommendation, must be received by the stated deadline for the application to be considered. The CTS Admissions Committee may review applications from highly qualified applicants for early admission decisions prior to the general application deadline.

What We Look For in an Applicant

A qualified applicant to the CTS M.S. or Ph.D. program is one who understands and is pursuing a career in clinical translational science.  He or she has at least minimal experience with health sciences research in a laboratory or clinical research setting and may have experience as a clinician or health sciences professional.  A record of completed research projects and peer-reviewed publications is helpful, but not essential.  Applicants typically will have identified one or more UA faculty members whose research is related to the applicant’s interests as potential faculty mentors.  The applicant is strongly encouraged to make contact with the CTS Director of Graduate Affairs prior to applying.