Graduate Programs in Clinical and Translational Science

Applications for the certificate, Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MSMS) pathway, and PhD programs in clinical and translational science are due May 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Applications should be submitted to the graduate school via the following link:  Applications are judged holistically by a committee based on fit, support, academic and professional qualifications, and writing ability. Please note all applications must include both a rating form and an uploaded letter of support from two references. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. 

Before applying to the program, interested applicants are encouraged to contact Claire Clark, PhD, director of graduate studies, ( or Terry Stratton, PhD, chair of the admissions committee (

For more details about the content required for each application, please review the appropriate checklist:

PhD in Clinical and Translational Science

Application checklist here  

MS in Medical Science (Clinical and Translational Science Pathway)

Application checklist here 

CTS Certificate Program in Clinical and Translational Science

Application checklist here

Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Research Training in Drug Abuse Behavior

Interested applicants should send the materials listed below to Craig Rush, PhD (  

Pre- and Postdoctoral Candidates:  

Candidates for the predoctoral opening should submit the following items, except the letters of recommendations, to Dr. Rush as a single PDF (using the file name, LastName_Firstname_Pre or Post_"year"). The letters of recommendation should also be submitted to Dr. Rush as a PDF. The candidates should check with Dr. Rush regularly after submitting their materials to ensure the letters of recommendation have been received.  

Application Materials:   

1. A letter from applicant describing their career objectives and how a T32 traineeship in drug abuse behavior would further their goals.

2. Project title, abstract, and specific aims of their research. A behavioral outcome measure should be clearly stated in the specific aims.

3. A current curriculum vita (CV).

4. Graduate academic record (i.e., official transcript).

5. A letter from his or her proposed NIDA faculty supervisor(s) expressing their level of enthusiasm for the applicant.

6. A recent biographical sketch from the proposed faculty supervisor(s).

7. Three letters of recommendation.   

Priority will be given to those pre- or postdoctoral candidates who propose to work on NIDA-funded or NIDA-related projects.
A selection committee will then rate the applicants and the most qualified applicants will be offered the positions.