Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MS-CR) are considered by the MS-CR Executive Committee. Recommendations for admission are then forwarded to the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies for final processing. Each applicant is notified of the admission decision in writing. KUMC is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and activities, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


To pursue the MS-CR program, the applicant must meet the general KUMC requirements for admission to Graduate Studies. The minimum requirements are:

  • Applications for admission to the MS-CR/CCTR program at the University of Kansas will be accepted from individuals with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better is required for regular admission status for all coursework. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for admission under provisional status.
  • Successful completion of at least one semester of calculus.


Online: Go to the KU MS-CR online application.

Deadline: Online application and fee deadline is Feb. 1. Applications received before February will be held for review until Feb. 1. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Students are generally admitted in the fall semester.

Fee: The application fee of $60 is paid when you click SUBMIT from the online application. Applicants may pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or by electronic check (U.S. banks only). Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to (photocopies or unofficial transcripts will not be accepted):

Kansas City Campus:

Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Master of Science in Clinical Research Program
Attn: Tanya Honderick
3901 Rainbow Blvd
MS 1008
Kansas City, KS 66160

Electronic Transcripts:

Wichita Campus:

Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Master of Science in Clinical Research Program
Attn: Melissa Armstrong
1010 North Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214-3199

Electronic Transcripts:

Resume or Curriculum Vita: Applicants must upload a resume indicating education and work background, honors, memberships in professional, school, service organizations and any other personal information relevant to applying to a graduate program.

Personal statement: Applicants must type in or upload a personal statement. This is an essay outlining career goals and objectives that indicate the applicant's motivation to pursue a research-oriented degree. This essay will be reviewed extensively by the admission committee.

Letters of recommendation: Applicants must provide the names and e-mail addresses of three (3) references qualified to comment on their potential success both in a graduate program and clinical research. Please notify your references that they will receive an e-mail from KU Medical Center requesting them to complete an online reference form. They may also upload a letter of reference (highly recommended) in addition to completing the online form.

Test Scores: Applicants must also submit an official copy of standardized test scores less than five (5) years old (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, DAT, MCAT, PCAT or USMLE Steps 1 & 2). Standardized test scores are waived for those applicants with terminal degrees (e.g. M.D., Ph.D., DO, DVM). The ETS school code for KUMC is 6895.

International Applicants: Students who graduated from a foreign institution have additional requirements, as follows:

  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who graduated from a foreign institution are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores less than two (2) years old. Use institution code 6895 to have an official copy of your scores mailed to KUMC. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate is accepted in lieu of TOEFL/IELTS for Medical Degree graduates. The complete minimum English proficiency requirements for KUMC students can be found on the International Program website
  • All international students are required to submit an evaluation of their academic credentials, as performed by one of the many companies selling this service, such as World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). The evaluation must be course by course and include degree equivalency and grade point average and should be sent to the MS-CR program.


A student may be admitted to Graduate Studies under regular or provisional admission. The acceptance letter sent by the Dean of Graduate Studies will specify the type of admission granted.


The University of Kansas Medical Center is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or ancestry, age, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or creed, disability, veteran status or genetic testing & screening. Disability accommodation requests should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Office or 913-588- 8011.

The following abilities and expectations required by all students admitted to the MS-CR are available on the Technical Standards and Requirements form.


The University of Kansas Medical Center now requires a criminal background check prior to admitting students to graduate programs.

Prior to final acceptance and initial enrollment in classes, applicants will be directed to have a background check completed by Validity Screening Solutions. The applicant must pay a one-time fee for the background check directly to Validity Screening Solutions. The MS-CR program will review the information obtained through the background check and make a final decision on the applicant's eligibility for the program. The MS-CR program will then notify the applicant regarding final acceptance or denial of admission.

Last modified: Sep 02, 2015