CTS FAQ

Am I eligible for admission into the CTS Program?
Eligible candidates are individuals who are already trained in the medical and health sciences.  The Program primarily seeks fully trained physicians, but welcomes other individuals with clinical degrees (e.g. DDS, PharmD, DVM, etc) or individuals with other advanced degrees in health services fields who seek further preparation to pursue a clinical and translational research career.
How do I apply for the CTS MS and Certificate Programs?
You must submit your application through the Sackler School online application system.  Information can be found in the Admissions section of this website. The Sackler School will process your application and transfer the materials to the CTS Program.
What is the application deadline?
The Sackler School application deadline for the CTS Graduate Program is April 15.
Are GRE scores required?
If you are a medical professional (e.g., MD,  DDS, PharmD, DVM etc.), the GRE general test is not required. Other applicants should contact the Admissions Office to determine if the GRE test is required.
Is the ECFMG certification required?
The ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certification is not required for proof of medical and clinical work experience. The most competitive candidates have completed clinical training and work experience in US based medical or health services institutions. The ECFMG Certification is required to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for non-native English speakers.
Are fellowship and program application dates the same?

Yes. Candidates seeking fellowship support must include this information in their Personal Statements and outline their qualifications for fellowship consideration.

Can I apply before I have finished medical school?
If you are a medical student and interested in applying to the CTS Program before you complete your MD degree, please contact the CTS Program Director to discuss your options.
Can I submit a copy of my transcript?
For complete information about how to submit transcripts see the Sackler School Required Application Documents web page.
Do applicants have to come to Boston for interview?
All fellowship candidates must be available for in-person interviews.  Candidate interviews generally take place from January to March.
Are there options that do not involve writing a thesis?
Yes. The CTS Certificate Program does not require a written thesis. However, a customized approved project, initiated at the beginning of the final semester is a requirement as well as a poster presentation at the annual CTS Graduate Program Symposium which is held each May.
Do I have to write a thesis to obtain an MS?
Yes. In order to receive a MS in the CTS Program, all students must undertake independent clinical research and complete an approved final thesis.
How long is the MS program?
The MS degree program is structured as a two-year full-time commitment.  The first year of the program begins in July and continues with a Fall and Spring semester.  In Year Two, there are no summer courses, only Fall and Spring semester courses.
Can I participate in the CTS program without doing a fellowship?
Yes, all interested individuals may apply for admission to the CTS Program.  Students admitted into the Program without fellowship support do not receive stipends and are directly billed for tuition and fees by Tufts University.
Can I take courses without applying for admission to the MS program?
Individuals who have not been admitted to a Sackler School degree program may take core or elective courses, with approval from the course instructor as a Special Student.
Can I use NRSA or other fellowship support as a CTS student?
Yes. Past students have included individuals with NIH-sponsored NRSAs and other career development awards. Fogarty Clinical Research Training Scholars Program awards, non-U.S. government fellowships and awards from private foundations and professional associations among others have been used to support this training.
Do I have to be working in a clinical setting to apply?
No. However, the most successful candidates intend to pursue careers as independent investigators in clinical and translational research and are able to demonstrate commitment to this goal in their application.
Do I qualify for a student visa if I am a nonmatriculated student?

No.  Student visa eligibility criteria include full-time enrollment in a degree program.

Are there Postdoctoral Fellowships in Clinical Care Research?
Yes. Prospective students may apply for a limited number of fellowships with the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS). These highly competitive fellowships include full tuition for master-level study in the CTS Program, annual stipends, research and travel funds. Fellows are assigned ICRHPS office space.  ICRHPS postdoctoral fellowship opportunities vary by candidate eligibility, citizenship, required activities, and stipend amount, but all require full-time enrollment in the CTS Graduate Program.
Does the CTS Program offer online courses?
Some of the courses for the CTS Program have Distance Learning options. The program is not offered as an online only degree program.
If I can't devote two years of study, can I be part of the graduate program?
The CTS Program has a Certificate Program that is designed to provide a basic foundation in clinical research for physicians and other doctorally-trained clinicians who are unable to devote two or more years of full-time study to obtain a MS or PhD degree.

Contact Information

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David Kent, MD
Program Director

Administrative Office
11th Floor, 35 Kneeland Street
Phone: 617-636-4999

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research