Clinical and Translational Science (Master of Science)

Become a leader in clinical and translational research.

Prepare for a career pinpointing and solving crucial medical illnesses and disorders through Creighton University’s Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science. This program is perfect for those passionate about identifying clinically relevant questions, investigating possible solutions, and answering them – whether it’s through discovering a new method of diagnosing a disease, enhancing knowledge on the underlying mechanisms of the disease process, developing a new treatment plan or even uncovering a cure.

Many graduates from this program move on to careers as scientists and physicians. Others work in the healthcare industry developing new tools and medications to diagnose, treat and/or cure diseases. Some students continue their education and complete their Ph.D. to become assistant professors in medical schools.

Take your passion and make it your research.

This program’s multidisciplinary approach provides students with a path to study and research something that matches their interests. Many faculty members in Creighton’s clinical and translational science master’s program hold primary appointments in departments such as General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery. No matter what you’re passionate about, our diverse faculty will help you make it part of your research plan.


To earn the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science degree at Creighton University, you must complete 30 credits:

  • Biostatistics and Analysis of Clinical Data Evidence-Based Practice
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Intermediate Biostatistics: Correlational and Multivariate Regression Analyses of Clinical Data
  • Federal Policies in Clinical and Translational Research
  • Bioinformatics and Information Technology in Clinical Medicine
  • The Discipline of Scientific Writing and Preparation of Competitive Grant Applications
  • Seminars in Clinical and Translational Science
  • Directed Independent Study
  • Directed Independent Research
  • Master’s Thesis
  • Four credits from elective courses


Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Must include satisfactory completion of coursework in both biological and chemical sciences
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 required
  • Completed application (requires non-refundable $50 fee). Must include the following documents:
    • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
    • Personal Statement
    • Letters of Recommendation
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores in the 50th percentile or above for the verbal and quantitative parts of the examination are preferred. A minimum score of 3.5 is required for the analytical writing component.
    • Scores of the MCAT, DAT, USMLE or another Health Professional Entrance Examination may be considered in lieu of the GRE.
  • International Students: International applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT (557 PBT) or a minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 (no sub score lower than 6). Not required if you received your baccalaureate or a higher degree from an accredited institution in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Africa (English-speaking only).

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.


Learn more:
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important dates & Deadlines

Program Start Dates
August, January, June

Application Deadlines
August 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 1 for summer

Certificate & Dual Degree Options

Credits earned for a certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science degree.

  • Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (15 credits)
    • The courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science serve as the foundation for the master’s degree. Learn the fundamentals behind clinical and translational science and take part in independent study and research.
    • Available on-campus.

A full listing of courses offered for the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science can be found in the course catalog.

Dual Degree

  • MD-MS in Clinical and Translational Science
    • This dual degree program is a comprehensive five-year program designed to train future clinical and translational investigators to identify important clinical questions, develop research protocols, analyze and record results, develop and submit grant proposals, and more. The master’s program generally begins after students complete the first two years of MD curriculum.
    • Available on campus.

An overview of this dual degree program’s structure can be found in the course catalog.

PHD option

Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Clinical and Translational Science
(90 credits; 60 credits for students with a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science)

  • The courses required for the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science serve as the foundation for the doctorate program. Ph.D. graduates will also write and publish critical review articles and original research articles in scholarly journals. They will also gain the knowledge and expertise in independently developing and conducting original research in clinical and translational science.
  • Tuition is waived for all accepted students in the Ph.D. program. In addition, accepted Ph.D. students receive a stipend of about $25,000 per year, subject to income tax, and health insurance coverage.
  • Available on campus.


A full listing of courses offered for the Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Clinical and Translational Science can be found in the course catalog.

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