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Principal Investigator (PI) Track

The Master of Science degree program in 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 health care profession.

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

The deadlines are:

  • Autumn: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: April 15

The following materials are required from all applicants:

  1. Graduate School Application select the application that reads: Clinical and Translational Research, Master of Science (Do not select Clinical and Translational Research-Clinical Research Professional, Master of Science)
  2. Three Professional References
    • You will be asked to enter information for each of your professional references as part of the Graduate School application (item 1). The references will then receive an email with their login information and a link where they can upload a letter of recommendation/respond to a series of questions about you. Your references should contact the Program Coordinator, Beth Virant at if they have questions.
    • One of the recommendations must be submitted by a research mentor from a local health care institution, stating that the applicant will have the protected time and support necessary to complete the courses and research thesis that are part of the MS program. Applicants 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.
  3. Current CV/Biosketch
  4. 3-5 professional goals
  5. Personal Summary: a one-page statement of how your current professional experience relates to the field of clinical research, and how being accepted into this program will enhance your career goals within this field.
  6. Proof of English Proficiency for International Students (One of the following):
    • Official TOEFL scores: Minimum of 80 Internet-based or a score of 20 or higher on each of the three components of the new "paper-delivered test". Scores should be sent to UC using its CEEB code: 1833.
    • Official IELTS scores: Minimum of 6.5 Overall Band score. Send scores to the Graduate School's e-download account: University of Cincinnati - Graduate School
      110 Van Wormer Hall
      PO Box 210627
      Ohio, 45221-0627
      United States
    • Duolingo English Scores: Minimum of 105. Submit scores by logging into your Duolingo account:
      • Scroll down to the results that you would like to share, and click “Send Results”
      • Select “University” Type in “University of Cincinnati Graduate Programs” and click the checkbox; press “Next”
      • Confirm that your information is correct and submit
    • Automatic English Waiver are issued for completing a baccalaureate or higher degree from Country listed on graduate school's page.
    • Applicants can request an English waiver by sending steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE directly to the graduate school:
  7. Unofficial transcript(s) from all colleges/universities where you received a degree. These will be uploaded into the application system.
  8. Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities where you received a degree. The official transcripts will be sent to the UC Graduate School. Please contact the graduate studies office,, for more information.
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