Translational Research, MSTR

The Master of Science in Translational Research (MSTR) provides students with in-depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology and principles necessary to become a well-trained translational investigator. The program is designed to meet this objective through the provision of didactic course work, a formal mentorship program, laboratory training, a professional development core, and specific ongoing guidance with hands-on exposure to protocol and grant development. The MSTR is housed within the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT) which supports research at the interface of basic and clinical research focusing on developing new and safer therapeutics.

The MSTR is designed to facilitate training and research particularly from proof of concept in cellular and animal model systems across the translational divide to proof of concept and dose selection in humans. Student projects and career goals align across this continuum. Students enroll in a core set of courses and also choose an academic pathway to concentrate in a specific area of translational science.


  • Discovery:  For students who are elucidating the basic pathophysiological etiology and/or process of disease. Projects may be proof of concept in cell or animal models or human samples.                                                     
  • Translational Therapeutics and Regulatory Science:  For students who are testing discoveries for preclinical and/or clinical effect. Projects may be first in humans, phase 1, or assessing the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of regulated products.
  • Entrepreneurial Science:  For students who aim to navigate both business and academic environments as you conduct research and consider commercialization opportunities.
  • Bioinformatics/Biomedical Informatics:  For students who are adopting informatics methodologies to develop and test their own hypotheses.


Students must complete 12 course units and achieve a B- or higher in each course for the degree.

Complete the mininimum CU from each of the following pillars:
Research Methods3
Proposal Development and Study Design
Master of Science in Translational Research LAB
Analytical Skills1
Introduction to Bioinformatics
Introduction to Biostatistics
Disease Measurement
Responsible Conduct of Research1
Scientific & Ethical Conduct
Scientific Writing1
Practical Scientific Writing
Data Manuscript Writing
Writing an NIH Grant
Thesis I
Thesis II
Select 4 CU guided by concentration and/or research area of interest.
Total Course Units12


Discovery-based elective2

Bioinformatics/Biomedical Informatics

Supplemental Core
MTR 5350Introduction to Bioinformatics1
or BMIN 5030 Data Science for Biomedical Informatics
Bioinformatics-based elective1

Entrepreneurial Science

Supplemental Core
HCMG 8670Health Care Entrepreneurship0.5
MTR 6400Seminar in Entrepreneurial Science0.5
Entrepreneurial Science-based elective1

 Translational Therapeutics and Regulatory Science

Translational Therapeutics-based elective2

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.