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Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science

The goal of the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science program is to prepare health professionals to become competent in the methodological foundations and conduct of clinical and translational research. Participants will develop competencies related to principles of qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, clinical and translational research process and design, informatics, effective oral and written communication, human research ethics and responsible conduct of research, cultural competency, research management, and professionalism and career development.

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About the Program


MS in CTS Executive Committee

The Executive Committee will meet quarterly to review progress on implementation and conduct of the curriculum, to address any problems or issues that arise, to review the progress of all participants, and to determine annual program admission.

Anne Pereira, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Dean for Research, College of Pharmacy; Dean of the Graduate School
Darrin Akins, Ph.D., Professor, Associate Dean for Research, College of Medicine
Doris Benbrook, Ph.D., Professor, College of Medicine
Jennifer Peck, Ph.D., Professor, College of Public Health
Doug Drevets, M.D., D.T.M.&H., Professor, College of Medicine
Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D., R.N., Professor, College of Nursing
Susan Sisson, Ph.D., RDN, CHES, FACSM, College of Allied Health
James George, M.D., Professor, College of Medicine, College of Public Health
Sharukh S. Khajotia, BDS, M.S., Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Research and Advanced Programs, College of Dentistry
Nathan Shankar, Ph.D., Professor & Vice-Chair, College of Pharmacy
Stavros Stavrakis, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor, College of Medicine
Lancer Stephens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Public Health
Tim VanWagoner, Ph.D., OSCTR
Sara Vesely, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Health

MS in CTS Advisory Committee

Members of the Advisory Committee will review the content and progress of the curriculum, will review progress of the students, and will make recommendations for any necessary revisions to the curriculum or changes in its process or content. This committee will review applicants for the program and make recommendations for acceptance to the Executive Committee. They will also serve as advisors for the participants until they select a mentor and thesis committee. One member from each of the six participating professional Colleges will serve on the Advisory committee. Members of the Advisory Committee will be appointed by the CTS Executive Committee.

Graduate College: Sara Vesely, Ph.D. (Liaison)
College of Public Health: Jennifer Peck, Ph.D.
College of Medicine: Doug Drevets, M.D.
College of Allied Health: Susan Sisson, Ph.D., RDN, CHES, FACSM
College of Nursing: Kathleen Dwyer, Ph.D., R.N.
College of Dentistry: Sharukh S. Khajotia, BDS, M.S., Ph.D.
College of Pharmacy: Nathan Shankar, Ph.D.

Prospective Student Information

Eligibility (Target Audience)

The target audience includes junior faculty, residents, and fellows with a professional doctoral degree, including, but not limited to, an M.D., O.D., D.O., D.D.S., Pharm.D., Doctorate of Nursing, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, or Doctorate of Rehabilitation, who are interested in becoming productive, independent clinical and translational research investigators.

Curriculum Summary

How to Apply to MS in CTS Program

Tuition and Fees

The OUHSC Bursar's Office is responsible for assessing and collecting student tuition and fees. Current tuition and fees schedules are available at the Bursar's Office.

A limited number of tuition waivers will be available for MS in CTS students.  Applicants will be notified of tuition waivers at the time of acceptance into the program.  Fees cannot be waived, but may be reduced for some OUHSC employees.  All applicants are considered for tuition waivers; however, priority for tuition waivers will be given to junior faculty, fellows and residents (with at least 1 year of residency training completed) who have appointments at OUHSC (during the period of MS program study).

Contact Information

For general program information, please contact the Graduate College:

Graduate College
MS in CTS Program
Graduate College
1105 N. Stonewall Avenue, Ste 258
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-2085

Prior to program application, please contact the MS in CTS Graduate College Liaison to discuss program requirements and application material:

Sara Vesely, Ph.D.
MS in CTS Graduate College Liaison
(405) 271-2229 ext. 48069