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PhD Clinical Translational Sciences

The Clinical Translational Sciences (CTS) graduate program from University of Arizona is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical translational sciences for post-baccalaureate or post-graduate students with either a clinical or basic science background.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: August, January
Tuition Fee: $10,063 per semester
Location: Tucson, United States; Phoenix, United States

Students may earn either a Master of Science (M.S.), or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in CTS from the University of Arizona. While the CTS program is housed in the College of Medicine – Tucson, students may earn the Ph.D. either at the University’s main Tucson campus or at the Phoenix biomedical campus.

The Clinical Translational Sciences program from University of Arizona is intended to provide the foundation for a research career in the Clinical Translational Sciences.

To achieve this aim, the student requires:

  • an adequate base knowledge of biostatistics and CTS coursework that is specific to the student’s health-related discipline or clinical interest (e.g. Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, etc.)
  • experience and training in research, culminating in a major research project, and
  • professional development including experience and training in presentation and publication of research findings, preparation of grant applications and teaching.

For Ph.D. students, a Minor program of study is also required in a discipline that is relevant to the student’s long-term scholarly goals.

The mission of the Ph.D program is to train the student to be a skilled researcher who can successfully address both clinical and basic science aspects of translational research.

The program provides an avenue for the student to gain experience in and exposure to the diverse areas of the clinical translational sciences and to offer a mechanism for the student to obtain in-depth knowledge in a specific area of medical research. To this end, students will work with a faculty mentor, contributing to the research done in the mentor’s lab and leading a specific laboratory or clinical research project that will form the basis of the student’s dissertation.

Courses included:

  • Cellular, Molecular and Neural Biology
  • Principles of Surgery or Principles of Medicine
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Individualized Scientific Writing
  • Professional & Career Training Series
  • Scientific Writing, Presentation and Bioethics

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016