A Message from Ravi Mehta and Allen McCutchan
This innovative program was introduced in 2003 in response to an increasing demand for well-qualified professionals able to perform patient-based research in academia, industry, research institutes, and health and regulatory agencies. The degree can be completed at a 12 month, 18 month, or 24 month pace depending on your own personal career commitments and goals.
Core Courses (30 units) in Epidemiology, Patient-Oriented Research, Biostatistics, Scientific Communication Skills, Health Services Research, Data Management/Informatics, and Professional Development make up the bulk of the 40 unit degree. These are supplemented by additional advanced statistics, experiential courses, and other elective courses selected by you to complete your own personal pathway. It all culminates in a presentation of your Independent Study Research Project.
The entire program is directed towards developing the in-depth knowledge and skills necessary to perform valid, credible research. Please consider our program to see if it would assist you in accomplishing your personal career goals.
Ravi Mehta, MD, Program Director
Allen McCutchan, MD, Program Associate Director
About the Degree
This is a Master of Advanced Studies degree conferred by the Graduate Division at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). It represents a collaborative effort between UC San Diego Extension, which administers the program and provides student advising, and the Department of Medicine in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, which manages the curriculum. Within the School of Medicine, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) coordinates all clinical research education efforts, and also enables a parallel non-degree program (CREST).
This is a self-funded degree program, which means that it does not receive any state funded support.
The degree is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is the accrediting body for the University of California. UC graduate degree programs go through graduate academic reviews of their curriculum/faculty/administration every 7 years by the Graduate Council.
In addition to this degree, we offer two other master’s degree programs:
Key Program features:
- One admission date each year: summer (July)
- No GRE/GMAT required to apply
- Merit-scholarship opportunity for qualified applicants
- Innovative and relevant curriculum
- Integrates didactic information with practical training
- Courses taught by renowned faculty from the UC San Diego School of Medicine
- Flexible, late afternoon/evening course schedule designed to meet the needs of working professionals
- Each student selects a general elective pathway, and a capstone project tailored to individual interest
- Opportunity to network with other clinical research professionals, experienced investigators, and faculty from diverse areas of expertise
- Links the academic and professional scientific communities
- Completion of online application for graduate admission
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or the equivalent, with training comparable in standard and content to that provided by the University of California
- A graduate degree in a scientific or healthcare related field is highly recommended
- Minimum undergraduate/post-baccalaureate record
(a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the final two years of study expected)
- Some professional work experience in clinical research or medical practice or a related field is highly recommended
- No GRE/GMAT required to apply
- Resume or curriculum vitae illustrating experience and achievements
- Three letters of recommendation which need to be relevant to the program you are applying to, and from people who know your skills and abilities, and can speak to why you are a good candidate for the program
- Compelling statement of purpose which includes the following: description of individual strengths, specific research interests and goals; an explanation of how the program will benefit you professionally, what makes you a good candidate, and why you want to be in the program
- International applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 85 or minimum IELTS score of 7.0 taken in the last two years to show English language proficiency
This program prepares individuals to perform valid, credible patient-based research in academia, industry, research institutes, and health and regulatory agencies. Linking the academic and professional scientific communities, the program is most beneficial for:
UC San Diego School of Medicine
The School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top-ranked academic institutions devoted to medical research, education, and health care services. UC San Diego Healthcare is known as a center for leading edge medicine and outstanding clinical programs. Its physicians and researchers have been lauded with numerous awards and honors, including the Nobel Prize, and the membership of over 80 faculty members in the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine. Furthermore, the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute in the UCSD School of Medicine is an important resource and facilitator for the master’s degree program in Clinical Research.
UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs
In addition to research and degree work, UC San Diego is home to one of the most diverse continuing education programs in the world: UC San Diego Extended Studies and Public Programs provide critical support for workforce development to San Diego and other partnering organizations. It addresses the lifelong knowledge and skill development needs of individuals, organizations and the community. Every area of study, from biotechnology and the arts, to foreign languages and healthcare, evolves with the community. Courses are refined as the workplace changes and as new ideas and technologies arise.