Master's in Clinical Investigations Admissions

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We welcome applicants from all scientific backgrounds, including clinical fellows or junior faculty who wish to pursue a clinical research career.

Applications are open and close on December 1. 

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How to Apply

We require an online application and additional supplemental materials.

Complete an Online Application

In the online application, you will be asked to provide demographic information and the following materials (please check application for accepted file formats).

  • A Curriculum Vitae giving full details of your personal history, education, honors and previous experience.
  • A two-page personal statement that outlines your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in clinical investigations, your career goals, and how you determined that the St. Jude Graduate School is the best program through which to attain those goals. In addition, please include a brief summary of your past research experience if applicable.
  • Official transcripts of academic records. These must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar’s office to the Graduate School.
  • Letters of reference from three mentors, professors or program directors. The letters must be submitted directly via the website and should describe your academic successes, clinical background, potential for achievement at the graduate level, and capacity for creative, self-directed study. If you are a clinical fellow or junior faculty, one of the three letters must be from your department chair or division chief.
  • A two-page personal statement (in English) that outlines your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in clinical research, how you determined that the St. Jude Graduate School is the best choice for you, and your career goals.

You may save your application at any time and complete it later; however, it must be completed and submitted by the December 1 deadline.

Required Supplementary Materials

In the online application, you will be asked to provide email addresses of up to five, and no less than three, individuals who will be providing letters of reference. The system will automatically contact them. They should be prepared to describe your academic successes, background in research, potential for achievement at the graduate level, and capacity for creative, self-directed study.

Admissions Timeline

Dates Admission Process
September Application period opens
December 1, 11:59 p.m. PST Applications must be submitted with all supporting materials
January 15 Candidates visit St. Jude campus for interviews and tours
March 1 Issuance of decision letters begins
April 15 Acceptance of admission offer due
July 19 Orientation
August 2 First day of class

Eligibility

Candidates must meet the following minimum criteria for enrollment:

  • An undergraduate degree (BA, BS or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or similar science discipline. Advanced clinical degrees (MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, OD or ND) are preferred.
  • Letter of commitment from their division or department (St. Jude clinical fellows or junior faculty applicants only)
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English language

Environment of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences encourages diversity on campus and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status, disabled veteran’s status or any other status protected by federal or Tennessee law. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that provides cultural and ethnic diversity. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply to the program.

More detailed admissions and eligibility information is available in our general catalog.