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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Medical Sciences (MSG)
with a Concentration in Clinical and Translational Research (CTR)

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Master of Science in Medical Sciences (M.S.M.S.)
CIP Code: 26.9999
College of Medicine (MD)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 32

Contact Information:
College of Medicine
Medical Sciences Department (MED)
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC Box 40 MDC40
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Michael Barber
Phone: 813-974-9702


Faculty Search: Medicine Faculty List

Program Information

The program is designed to provide students with advanced training in either Anatomy, Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, or Pharmacology. Students successfully completing the program will have a foundation that will prepare them for a professional degree in biomedical science such as a M.D. or Ph.D. or qualify them to work as teachers or research assistants in academia or in the private sector. The program will provide a solid core of training in the latest findings, concepts, and experimental techniques. Students will be allowed to individualize their training through elective courses and will have the opportunity to conduct laboratory research. The program is intended for students who wish training beyond a baccalaureate degree but do not wish to commit to a Ph.D. program or do not meet the qualifications required for admissions into a M.D. or Ph.D. program.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: June 1
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelors degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0 out of a possible 4.0 with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the sciences
  • GRE or MCAT
  • Completed pre-requisites in:
    • General biology (1 year)
    • General chemistry (1 year)
    • General physics (1 year)
    • Organic chemistry (1 year)
    • Quantitative analysis (1 course)
    • Mathematics including integral and differential calculus

Please refer to:


Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Degree requirements are individualized according to the educational and research interests and goals.







Health Sciences Ethics


Students select either the Pre-professional track or one of the Concentrations.



Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) (minimum)


Admission Criteria
This is a one-and-half- to two-year program of both didactic coursework and mentored research. Admission criteria will be to the Scholars in Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Program and include the following:

  • Must have a doctoral or first professional degree (M.D., D.O., Ph.D., D.D.S., Pharm.D., Dr.P.T., Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Ph.D. in Nursing, or equivalent degrees)
  • GRE score will be waived and replaced by a requirement for documentation of a professional doctorate degree.
  • NIH eligibility for the SPOR Program requires U.S. citizenship or status as a non-citizen national or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Applicants will be required to complete a 2-step application process.  For Step 1 to enter the SPOR Program, there is an online application. Upon acceptance into the SPOR Program, Step 2 of the application process will consist of completing the standard application procedures to become a graduate degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Medical Sciences degree program.

Concentration Degree Requirements
Minimum of 32 hours of credit—23 hours core coursework, 6 hours directed research, and remaining 3 required hours in any combination of directed research and/or elective courses, as needed for each SPOR scholar's particular research focus. In addition, each SPOR scholar will be required to submit a first author manuscript based on his/her research project (not a review article) to a peer-reviewed journal, and that manuscript must be judged by an appointed sub-panel of the SPOR Program Executive Committee and Key Faculty to be potentially acceptable for publication. This latter requirement is in lieu of a thesis requirement.



Ethical & Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research
Cultural Influences & Diversity Issues in Clinical Research
Principles of Patient-Oriented Research
Biostatistics I
Fundamentals of Translational and Team Research
Scientific Communication
Metabolic and Genetic Basis of Disease
  OR another Basic Science course for 3 credits with approval
Grantsmanship I
Grantsmanship II
Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
Colloquium on Building a Successful Academic Patient-Oriented Research Career
Mentored Clinical and Translational Research/Directed Research
Electives/Mentored Clinical and Translational Research/Directed Research








College Degree Requirements

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Financial Assistance

Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships


Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


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