The following materials are required from all applicants:

  1. Graduate School Application

  2. Three Professional References

    • You will be asked to enter information for each of your professional references as part of the Graduate School application (item 1). The references will then receive an email with their login information and a link where they can upload a letter of recommendation or respond to a series of questions about you. Your references should contact the Program Director, Jackie Knapke, at or 513-558-0809 if they have questions.

    • One of the recommendations must be submitted by a research mentor from a local health care institution, stating that the applicant will have the protected time and support necessary to complete the courses and research thesis that are part of the MS program. Applicants must have a research mentor chosen before they will be considered for admission. Due to the volume of applications the program receives, we cannot match applicants with a mentor.

  3. Official TOEFL scores (Institutional code=1833; Department Major Field Code=46), if applicable. A minimum TOEFL score of 600 paper/250 computer test/100 Internet-based is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, unless specifically exempted. The TOEFL requirement is met for applicants with medical or graduate degrees earned from accredited universities and colleges in the US, Canada (except Quebec), England, Australia, New Zealand, or other English-speaking countries.

  4. Official transcript(s) from all colleges/universities where you received a degree.

Items 1-3 are submitted electronically through the Graduate School's website, but item 4 should be sent to:

Jackie Knapke
Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 670056
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056

Admission and Application Requirements

The Master of Science degree program in Clinical Research is designed to equip clinical professionals (physicians, nurses and other terminal degree clinical professionals) with the skills needed to become independent investigators. Interested candidates should possess a terminal degree in a health care profession.

Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year and, upon acceptance, students can begin the program in any quarter.

The deadlines are:

  • Autumn: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: May 15