How to Apply

Certificate program applicants must contact the Education & Career Development staff and 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 appropriate time and support to complete the didactic, Socratic, practica, and other requirements in the two-year timeframe. Two years is the maximum allowed time to complete the program unless other arrangements have been made in advance with program faculty/staff.
  • A career development plan (1,000 words or less; Should be 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 description of a potential research project you would like to work on or are thinking about (500 words or less; should be 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 Amy Mackenroth.
  • The following letters of recommendation should be emailed to
    • A detailed letter of support from your Department Chair by the application due date. The letter should describe the Chair's opinion of the candidate's talents, energy, potential, and the role that the candidate will play in the department.

      The letter should make clear that the Chair will provide 50 percent protected time for the trainee to complete the certificate and all associated requirements within two years.

      The letter should be addressed to Robert D. Toto, M.D., Associate Dean for Clinical & Translational Research.

    • One letter of reference from persons who know your professional or academic qualifications. Department Chair and Mentor(s) should NOT be included on this list. Letters should be addressed to the Clinical Research Scholars Selection Committee.
    • A letter from your Scientific Mentor, who will oversee the trainee's practica experiences.