Master of Science in Clinical Translational Science

This program was developed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) to provide professional students with the fundamental skills to perform clinical and translational scientific research. It introduces students to researchers engaged in a wide range of research initiatives and requires the development of a research prospectus in a grant proposal format. The program culminates with a mentored thesis project that will provide the results needed to support a proposal for more advanced mentored research training or individual research projects. Faculty that direct MS in CTS courses are experienced clinical and translational researchers from OUHSC, OU-Tulsa, the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.


The program integrates core competencies from multiple disciplines to provide a foundation for:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies 
  • Clinical and translational research process and experimental design
  • Informatics
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Human research ethics and responsible conduct of research
  • Cultural competency
  • Research grant and project management
  • Professionalism and career development


The Oklahoma State Regents approved the Master of Science in Clinical Translational Science for Higher Education in October 2008. The students have included residents, fellows, and junior faculty from multiple departments in the College of Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and other OU campus colleges. The target audience for the MS in CTS is individuals with a professional doctoral degree who are interested in becoming independent clinical and translational research investigators. Students in other OUHSC and OU programs have taken MS in CTS courses as electives in their graduate studies. More information about the program can be found here:


Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science

Interest in a Certificate in CTS program has been expressed by students in doctoral programs in life sciences, social sciences, and bioengineering on the OUHSC and University of Oklahoma campuses. A certificate program is being developed to serve individuals who want exposure to didactic clinical and translational courses without the required mentored research experience and thesis.