Program Details

Minimum Credit Hours

Application Cycle

Consultation with the Director of Graduate Admissions will be required in order to be considered for admission in any semester other than Fall.

Application Deadline
Priority: December 12, 2023
Final: March 12, 2024

Expected Duration
2 Years

Learning Environment

Admissions 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.

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.

Undergraduate G.P.A.
An average grade of B (cumulative GPA 3.0) or better is required. Department-wide: incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.7

Letters of Recommendation Required
3 (academic and/or professional)

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.

Visit Opportunities
Learn about opportunities to connect with faculty, staff, and current students virtually and in person.

How To Apply

I. Complete UNC Graduate School application
The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC Chapel Hill programs.

More Information

1. Application Fee

The UNC Graduate School application fee is $95. Information on UNC Graduate School Fee Waiver Requests

2. Faculty Interest(s)/mentor(s)

Applicants to the MSCR degree programs must indicate on the UNC Graduate School application at least 1 (up to 5 possible) faculty mentor(s) with experience in clinical research from their home clinical training program.

3. Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.

4. Area(s) of interest

Select up to three (3) areas of interest from the dropdown.

5. Educational history

Please upload a copy of your most recent transcript(s), including your current term grades, if applicable. (If grades are not yet available, send them to the UNC Gillings program contact as soon as they become available.) Be sure the transcript reflects the name of the institution and any degrees you received.

Applicants currently enrolled in degree programs are required to upload an unofficial transcript that includes fall semester/quarter grades.   If the application is submitted before fall grades have posted, applicants are responsible for uploading an updated transcript through the application status portal once the grades have posted.

We advise that you order two copies of your transcript(s) to be sent to you. If you are admitted and choose to enroll, UNC will require official transcript(s) showing degree(s) awarded.

6. Community standards

You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.

7. Upload your Statement of Purpose.

The essay is a critical piece of the admissions process. We will evaluate both the content of the essay and your writing skills in considering your application.

Please describe your interest in the MSCR program in a 1-2 page essay.

  • Describe your areas of interest in clinical research.
  • What types of research questions do you hope to address?
  • What types of studies do you hope to perform in the future?
  • Describe the clinical mentor support you have (or will have) in place at UNC or Duke.
  • Describe how the MSCR degree fits into your future plans.

8. Upload your resume or CV.

9. Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf.

3 Letters of Recommendations are required. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.

10. Report test scores, if applicable.

GRE scores are not required for application.

International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS standardized test scores. Code 5816 routes to UNC. TOEFL/IELTS scores must be no more than two years old.

11. Document submission (check legibility of uploads)

Applicants should preview all documents uploaded into the application system to ensure that all documents are legible for committee review.

12. Track your progress.

You will be able to track status through the Graduate School application. Once a decision is made, you will receive an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.

II. Application Review Process

More Information

1. Department reviews application and recommends a decision.

Time-to-decision varies. Departments make recommendations to the UNC Graduate School for admitting and denying applicants. Final decisions are rendered by the UNC Graduate School.

2. UNC Graduate School reviews department recommendation and renders a final decision:

The UNC Graduate School reviews all admissions recommendations made by programs. Once final decisions have been made, the UNC Graduate School will send the applicant an email instructing them to login to their application portal to see the decision letter.

III. Costs and Funding

More Information

When estimating costs, please visit the UNC Cashier’s Office and use the Graduate and Professional Program Tuition and Fees link. Please note that the tuition and fees of graduate programs at Gillings vary from other graduate programs at UNC.

Gillings departments and concentrations consider both domestic and international applicants for funding. Please see below for helpful tips and resources:

1. Applicants are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline to be considered for UNC Graduate School scholarships and fellowships. Departments and concentrations will decide which applicants to nominate. No additional application is required.

2. Please refer to our School’s Costs and Funding page and/or UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) website.

3. Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1 (please verify this date via FAFSA). If you have been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarship and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.

4. Funding offers through the department, such as research assistantships, are possible but not guaranteed.

5. Students positions at Gillings are posted here. The UNC Graduate School also provides resources for funding, including a listserv for incoming and current students, here.

During and After The Program

For more information on our curriculum and graduate school/career outcomes, please see our Student Handbook.



Gillings Admissions

Bretney Waller
Academic Coordinator

Wayne Rosamond
Director of Graduate Admissions

For general questions about the department, the degree program, or admissions, contact us via email at or call us at (919) 966-7430. Questions about employment should be directed to (919) 966-7460.

Main Department Contacts

Academic Coordinators

Mailing Address
Department of Epidemiology
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
135 Dauer Drive
2101 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435

Our offices are located on the second floor of McGavran-Greenberg Hall.