Admissions

Admission to the program requires an advanced degree in a clinical or basic health science from an accredited institution or completion of two years of medical school. The program is designed for part-time study, allowing trainees to integrate the program’s academic program with their clinical training/work. Applicants may apply to the program as degree candidates, certificate candidates or as non-degree candidates.  The degree option leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHSc), a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine and provides two distinct tracks to the MHSc degree: one designed to prepare individuals for careers as clinical researchers and the other for individuals preparing for careers as basic scientists across a range of discovery sciences. The academic certificate option, the “Academic Core in Clinical Research Certificate,” provides students with a one-year didactic experience to enhance their clinical research skills. The courses in CRTP are also available to qualified individuals who want to acquire specific skills but who may not want to pursue the degree or academic certificate.  Additional information about each of these program options can be found below.

All applicants must complete the on line application. 

The degree option leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHSc), a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine. The program provides two distinct tracks to the MHSc degree: one designed to prepare individuals for careers as clinical researchers and the other for individuals preparing for careers as basic scientists across a range of discovery sciences. Both degree tracks require a mentored research project based on the student’s research activities, which serves to demonstrate their competence in the use of quantitative methods in clinical and translational research. The program is designed for part-time study, allowing trainees to integrate the program’s academic program with their clinical training/work and is intended to be completed in a minimum of two years.

The student’s clinical research activities provide the setting and the data for the project, which serves to demonstrate the student’s competence in the use of quantitative methods in clinical research. The program is designed for part-time study, which allows the fellow / student to integrate the programs' academic training with his or her clinical training.

Applicants seeking admission as a degree candidate must submit the following documents:

  • CV. A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Transcripts. An official transcript from each graduate school, including medical school transcripts, must be sent to Duke University's Clinical Research Training Program directly by the institution. Personal copies of your records are not acceptable.
  • Letter of Recommendation.  A letter of recommendation is required. It should be written by someone qualified to testify to your capacity for graduate work. The form may be accessed from the online application.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). CRTP requires that any applicant whose first language is not English and does not hold a bachelors or higher degree from an English speaking Institution must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Test scores must not more than two years old and an official copy must be sent to Duke University.

Additional information about specific course requirements and curriculum can be found under the curriculum section of the program website. Additional information about academic policies for the Clinical Research Training Program and the Duke University School of Medicine can be found in the School of Medicine's Bulletin.

The academic certificate option, the “Academic Core in Clinical Research Certificate,” provides students with a one-year didactic experience to enhance their clinical research skills. The certificate requires that students complete the five core courses required for the clinical research degree track after which they will receive the “Academic Core in Clinical Research” certificate which is an academic (i.e., transcript-based) certificate awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine.  Additional information about specific course requirements can be found under the curriculum section of the program website.

The courses in the program are also available to qualified individuals who want to acquire specific skills but who may not want to pursue the degree or academic certificate.  This option allows the flexibility of taking various combinations of courses subject only to constraints imposed by course prerequisites. Additional information about available courses can be found under the curriculum section of the program website.

Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is $844.00 per credit. Some faculty members are eligible for the University's Educational Assistance Program. Other sources of support exist in some clinical departments; prospective participants should consult with program directors and division chiefs regarding potential funding sources.

The deadline for receipt of applications for priority review is April 15. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis. Priority Review applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by June 1. Regular review applicants will be notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis after that date.

NIH-DUKE MASTER’S PROGRAM IN CLINICAL RESEARCH APPLICANTS: THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE 2023-2024 PROGRAM YEAR IS APRIL 15, 2023. NIH APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ADMISSIONS DECISIONS BY JUNE 1. THERE WILL BE NO NIH APPLICATIONS REVIEWED AFTER THE APRIL 15, 2023 DEADLINE.

Application correspondence may be sent by US mail to:

CLINICAL RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM
BOX 2734, DUKE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
DURHAM, NC 27710

or by overnight package delivery company (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) to:

CLINICAL RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM (919-681-4560)
HOCK PLAZA, SUITE G06
2424 ERWIN ROAD
DURHAM, NC 27705

Applicants will be notified of admission decisions not later than June 1. Materials submitted in support of an application will not be released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Questions or additional information about the application process and requirements may be directed to the Clinical Research Training Program, Box 2734, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, (919) 681-4560 or by email to crtp@mc.duke.edu.