Admission Requirements

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MS-CR) and the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) 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 or the CCTR program, the applicant must meet the general KUMC requirements for admission to Graduate Studies. The minimum requirements for admission into the MS-CR program 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):
KUMC Office of the Registrar/Student Admissions
MS 4029
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160

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.


Regular Admission requires a bachelor's degree and a grade-point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale), from KU or from another regionally accredited institution or foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements. The bachelor's degree is not acceptable if it contains credit awarded for work experience (life experience) that was not directly supervised by faculty members of an accredited university or not evaluated in units that identify the academic content (e.g., P/F, S/U). In exceptional cases, persons not holding bachelor's degrees may be admitted if they are academically well prepared. In these cases, the dean of Graduate Studies reviews the student's academic background before the student is admitted.

Provisional Admission: An applicant who has one or more deficiencies in grade-point average (or English proficiency scores; see Minimum English Proficiency Requirements) or prerequisite course work (or other deficiencies as determined by the department) but meets other admission standards may be admitted on a provisional basis. It is expected that a student who is admitted provisionally for a lack of prerequisite course work or low English proficiency scores will be reviewed within the academic year to see if the requirements for regular admission have been met. A student who meets the requirements will be moved from provisional to regular status when the department submits a Progress-to-Degree form. A student who has not met the requirements for provisional admission at the time of review may be dismissed immediately.

A student admitted provisionally who fails to earn a B average in the first semester may be dismissed immediately. If provisionary continuation is recommended by the department or program and approved by the Graduate Division, the student may remain on provisional status for one additional semester. Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may be readmitted for further graduate study at KU only by petition of a Graduate Division that will accept the student. The petition must be approved by the dean of Graduate Studies.


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- 5048 (V) or 913-588-7963 (TTY).

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.


Within the guidelines established by the KUMC Office of Graduate Studies, six hours of graduate credit taken at a regionally accredited graduate school may be transferred and applied to the MS-CR/CCTR degree, pending approval of the Executive Committee.

Last modified: Jun 23, 2014