Frequently Asked Questions

Where should I send supporting materials for my application?

All materials not submitted online should be sent to:

UMass Medical School 
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 
Masters of Clinical Investigation Program Admissions 
55 Lake Ave North, Room S1-824 
Worcester, MA 01655 

When can I expect to receive a decision?

Final admission decisions will be made by July 1st. However, if you receive a decision from another school earlier than ours, please notify us as soon as possible and we will try to expedite the notification process for you. 

What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is June 15th. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing the completed applications immediately following the deadline. 

Must I begin in the fall semester?

Yes. Due to the sequence of courses, there is no spring admission. 

Is there any way to waive the TOEFL examination?

No. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. However, the department will also take into account students' previous academic record (for example, if a student has a previous degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English). A minimum TOEFL score of 250 or 600 (depending if computer or paper-based) is required. 

Is it possible to transfer credits from previous graduate work?

Maybe. Students entering our program with a relevant degree (e.g., M.P.H.) may be able to transfer in up to six credits towards the required electives of the program. Transferable credits must be at the master's level, could not have been applied towards the fulfillment of any degree, be comparable in scope and complexity to the electives of the program, and are awarded at the discretion of the Program Director and Dean of the GSBS. 

If I miss the deadline, will my application still be considered?

Your application and personal statement must be submitted online by June 15th. All supporting documentation must be received within a reasonable time after submitting your application in order to be considered for admission. You should contact the program coordinator if you are having difficulty meeting the application deadline or obtaining the required credentials.

If accepted, may I defer admission?

Students who are admitted and who choose not to enroll must reapply and compete with that year’s applicant pool. We cannot guarantee admission. 

I have a question that isn't addressed in this FAQ. Who do I contact?

The Master of Science and certificate program staff would be happy to address any question you may have.  You may call us at 508.856.4135 or email us at msci@umassmed.edu

How many students are admitted each year?

Between 5-10 students will be admitted to the program each year. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

Expected time to the completion of the Masters degree is two years. The first year is focused on coursework. The second year of the program is focused on the student’s thesis research and write-up. 

How important is the Personal Statement in the application process?

Very important. It allows the admissions committee to get a sense of why you are interested in clinical research, where your research interests lie, and how these fit with the strengths and interests of our faculty. 

How do I apply?

Applications are accepted online through ApplyYourself 

Do you require an interview as part of the admissions process?

All qualified applicants will meet the program director in person or over the phone. This will provide the applicant the opportunity to learn more about the program and helps faculty to make appropriate admissions decisions. Strong candidates outside the US will may be contacted for several phone interviews. 

Can I work while enrolled in the program?

With approval from the Associate Dean, students may work up to 10 hours/week on campus only after successfully completing their first semester. 

Can I pursue part-time study?

Not at this time. As designed, the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation program is a full-time day program. Enrolled UMass employees may be eligible to perform clinical activities with the permission of the Program Director and Dean of the Graduate School.