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Certificate Minimum Admission Requirements

The program is now accepting applications.
The application deadline is May 15.


This program may be offered to qualified applicants holding baccalaureate, masters' or professional degrees in a variety of disciplines, including physical, biological, and social sciences, as well as the health and medical sciences. Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited college or university;
  • Submission of a completed application form for this program (see link below);
  • Official academic transcripts from previous colleges or universities attended (applicants who have international transcripts must arrange for an independent educational-equivalency evaluation company to submit an evaluation of their international transcripts to this program at their own expense; the evaluation report should include the grade-point average based on a 4.0 scale);
  • Recommendations from two people qualified to affirm the applicant's capabilities for graduate academic work.

In addition, applicants must have sufficient computer literacy, English-language literacy, and technical skills to participate in web-based, graduate-level courses. A command of written and spoken English is essential. If there is cause to doubt the student's proficiency in English, the program may, at its discretion, require additional examinations and/or other evidence of proficiency prior to registration. Applicants must have regular access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection and with suitable technical support for online interactions. Applicants should be familiar with using standard computer software for word processing, data processing, Internet browsing, downloading and uploading Internet material in various formats, maintaining Internet security, email handling, and related functions. Questions about computer compatibility with the UTHSC network may be directed to the UTHSC Computing Services Help Desk.

Prospective students apply to the Certificate in Clinical Research program to be considered for enrollment as nondegree students in the College of Graduate Health Sciences (CGHS). Students are expected to comply with regulations and procedures of the CGHS and UTHSC, including procedures for enrollment and course registration, arrangements for tuition and fees, and other expectations of students as indicated in the UTHSC General Catalog and CenterScope student handbook. Admission to the certificate program is not linked to admission in any other graduate program of the CGHS; if students wish to enroll in another graduate program, they must apply to it separately. Certificate program graduates who later seek admission to the Master of Science program in the department may request that credit from the certificate program apply toward credit in the electives component of the curriculum for the MS degree at UTHSC.

Last Published: Mar 12, 2021