EPID: Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
EPID: Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR Residential)

Our Department of Epidemiology is one of the world's leading academic departments in epidemiology. Renowned faculty members provide students with training in effective research practices and methods. We also work with our students to apply their epidemiology research to a variety of health problems here in North Carolina and across the world.

We weigh multiple factors in admissions decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications for the program, please contact us.

Overview of EPID Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR Residential)

Program Focus

Develops the skills necessary for a successful career as a principal investigator and collaborator in clinical/translational research. The program emphasizes study design, fundamentals of data analysis and collaboration with methodologists (including biostatisticians); proposal development/grant writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, project oversight (including patient safety and IRB compliance), presentation of study results, and professional development. The MSCR program is jointly sponsored by the TraCS (North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences) Institute.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
36
Students must be registered in classes for a minimum of 3 semesters.
Expected Duration:
2 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
January 14, 2014
Spring rarely, pending department approval. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Persons planning a career as a clinical or translational investigator who will assume leadership roles in research projects and research teams. Applicants must have completed training in a primary substantive research or clinic
Applications Received:
~15
Applicants Admitted:
~10
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 65% / 35% female to male
  • 53% minority, including 35% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 0% international
  • mean age of 34
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~15
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 11-19

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~11,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~$27,500 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.

  • 55% of students received some tuition support.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Doctoral-level professional degree (MD, PharmD, PhD, DDS, nurses with PhD, DVM, etc.) or extensive health-professional experience (RNs, PAs).
Required Prerequisites:
At the time of enrollment, participants will simultaneously be residents, clinical fellows, post-doctoral fellows, or junior faculty at UNC or Duke University. Each student will already be affiliated with a home academic program, reflecting the funding source (e.g. T32 or K12 funding), training program (e.g. post-doctoral fellowship) or department.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE, MCAT
Waived if applicant holds prior doctoral degree from U.S. institution. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
Department-wide: On average, incoming students had 81st percentile verbal and 73rd percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
Department-wide: incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Interviews are not required. However, they can be helpful to the admissions committee if you're in the area. Contact us to schedule a visit.
Work Experience Required:
Preferred
Competitive applicants have prior relevant work experience and demonstrate a clear understanding of the field of epidemiology. Applicants must have completed training in a primary substantive research or clinical area.

During the Program

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive written exam
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Not required
Global Options Available:
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School's courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Faculty position in a school of public health or medical school; principal investigator for research facility
Example Job Responsibilities:
Academic research

Program Contact:

Carmen Woody
Student Services Specialist
(919) 966-7458
2106C Mcgavran-Greenberg Hl
CB 7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
USA