How to Apply

Applicants to the Master of Clinical Science degree program must contact the Education and Career Development staff, Amy Mackenroth, M.A., 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 appropriate time and support to complete the didactic, Socratic, practica, and other requirements in the three-year timeframe. Three 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; 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 Amy Mackenroth, M.A.
  • The following letters of recommendation to 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 master's degree and all associated requirements within two or three years.

      The letter should be addressed to Keith Argenbright, M.D., MMM, Program Director.

    • One letter of reference from a professional reference.
    • A letter from your Scientific Mentor, who will oversee the trainee’s practica experiences including the research project, publishable manuscript, and extramural research grant application.