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Principal Investigator (PI) Track

The Master of Science degree program in the Clinical Research: Principal Investigator (PI) Track is designed to equip clinical professionals (physicians, nurses, and other terminal degree clinical professionals) with the skills needed to become independent investigators. Interested candidates should possess a terminal degree in a healthcare profession, however, candidates with a terminal degree (PhD) in another field will be considered.

Applicants to the PI Track must have a research mentor chosen before they will be considered for admission. Due to the volume of applications the program receives, we cannot match applicants with a mentor.

Application Deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year and, upon acceptance, students can begin the program in any semester.

The deadlines are:

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: November 15
  • Summer Semester: June 1

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DEPHS Frequently Asked Questions

Application Materials

  1. Contact Information
  2. College(s) attended, including any current or incomplete enrollment
  3. Selection of your desired program: Clinical and Translational Research, Master of Science
    (Do not select Clinical and Translational Research - Clinical Research Professional, Master of Science unless you intend to apply for the CRP track. That program has separate requirements.)
  4. CV or Biosketch, which should include your academic history (degrees, educational institutions, etc.) along with your past/current work experience and any other information you consider important relating to the clinical research/medical field. 
  5. Career Goals Statement, which consists of 3-5 professional career goals relating to the field of clinical research.
  6. Personal Statement, which is your opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee about you, your training and experience, your research interests, and your reasons for wanting to enter the Clinical and Translational Research Training Program and how this program will help you achieve your career goals. This document should be 1-2 pages maximum.
  7. Your current research mentor's name: Applicants for the PI Track must have a research mentor chosen before they will be considered for admission. Due to the volume of applications the program receives, we cannot match applicants with a mentor.
  8. Unofficial Transcripts for ALL higher education institutions attended; official copies are required if offered admission.
  9. Three Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background; at least one of the letters MUST come from your primary research mentor and indicate that you will have the protected time and support necessary to complete the courses and research thesis that are required for this program.

International Students also need:

Arrange to have all official transcripts sent to:

Graduate College
University of Cincinnati
2618 University Circle
PO Box 210091
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0091

Additionally, many schools now send transcripts electronically. The Graduate College accepts electronic transcripts sent directly by the school as official transcripts. These documents can be sent to

Transcript Submission for Admission
: If offered program admission, the University of Cincinnati requires submission of official transcripts from all students for all colleges and universities attended. These must be official, therefore copies cannot replace official records from higher educational institutions attended. They must be provided by the end of your first term or you will be denied registration until they are received.

For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions: Admissions.

The Admissions Committee takes into account many factors for admissions decisions.

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