Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

A CTSA partner accelerating discoveries toward human health

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Prospective Degree Students

The MSCI program accepts students from a variety of healthcare backgrounds who are interested in gaining the skills to conduct sound clinical research, particularly translational and clinical epidemiologic patient-oriented research. Students may enroll at the start of any of the four quarters. This is part-time program offers evening courses in a live setting.

Application & Admissions Requirements

  • Graduate professional degree in a healthcare-related subject area (e.g., PhD, MD, DO, PharmD)
  • Professional healthcare experience
  • Test scores (GRE, USMLE or MCAT): TOEFL scores are required of most international applicants. Minimums are 80 (internet-based)/213 (computer-based)/550 (paper-based). TOEFL can be waived if you have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited, four-year institution or equivalent or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. In both cases, English must be the official language of instruction. 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official post-secondary transcripts, sent directly from issuing institution's registrar to Graduate School Admissions Office, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL  60208-1113.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Must include one letter from the primary research mentor. Applicants not anticipating tuition support from their department/division also need one letter from a secondary research mentor. Applicants who do anticipate needing support also need to submit a letter from their department/division administrator or chief outlining their support.
  • A confirmed mentor with data that is available for secondary analysis
  • History of publications or first-authored presentations at academic conferences.

Application Process

Submit an application through The Graduate School. See above for transcript submission information. Upcoming application deadlines are Jan. 29, April 2 and July 9. Once your application is complete, be sure to schedule an interview with the MSCI program director.

For additional administrative information upon acceptance into the program, please see The Graduate School New Student website. If you have questions, please contact the MSCI program administrator

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