How to Apply

Applicants to the Master of Clinical Science degree program must contact the Education and Career Development staff at and must complete the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences online application by the following deadlines:

Summer Semester: April 1
Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: October 1

Application Requirements

  • Fulfill all requirements for admission to UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
  • Have a doctoral degree in biomedical science (e.g. M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., D.D.S., etc.).
  • Have a minimum of 75 percent protected time devoted to the Didactic and Socratic curriculum, research project, and the research practicum. (50 percent for surgical/procedural subspecialties)
  • A career development plan (1,000 words or less; single-spaced, 0.5 inch margins): Include current area(s) of research interest, current areas of clinical/translational investigation, a proposed training plan including information about additional training, what you hope to gain from the mentor experience, what courses you think will be the most beneficial to your success, and career goals.
  • A personal statement answering the following questions (500 words or less; single-spaced, 0.5 inch margins):
    • How did you arrive at this place in your career?
    • A career in clinical/translational research is challenging, with many opportunities and frustrations. Why are you attracted to this career?
  • A description of a potential research project you would like to work on or are thinking about. (500 words or less; single-spaced, 0.5 inch margins)
  • Submit a copy of your current CV with this application, using the standardized UT Southwestern Promotion & Tenure format, which can be found on this shared drive: W:\PUB\SMSDEAN\Promotion & Tenure or by contacting
  • Submit the following letters of recommendation, addressed to the Clinical Research Scholar Selection Committee, (the letter from your Department Chair must be mailed or hand-delivered. The remaining letters may mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed. Addresses are to the right of this page):
    • A detailed letter of support from your Department Chair, sealed in an envelope with the signature of the Chair across the seal, by the application due date. The letter should describe the Chair's opinion of the candidate's talents, energy, and potential and the role that the candidate will play in the department. 

      The letter should make clear that the Chair will provide: 75 percent protected time for the Master’s degree candidate for a minimum of two years (50 percent for trainees from surgical and procedural programs) and funding for the candidate's salary and fringes during this time.

      The letter should be addressed to Robert D. Toto, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research. 
    • Two letters of reference from persons who know your professional or academic qualifications: Department Chair and Mentor(s) should NOT be included on this list. 
    • A letter from your Scientific Mentor, documenting your commitment to a career in clinical/translational research.