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Clinical and Translational Science

Career Profile

The PhD program in clinical and translational science has been developed in response to the fundamental changes taking place in biomedical science research and education in North America and worldwide, and will consist of a set of core, required courses and research experiences in basic, population, and clinical sciences.

There is an increasing and much stronger emphasis on interdisciplinary research to improve clinical care and population health outcomes. Achieving this will require much closer collaboration, integration, and alignment of basic, clinical and population sciences: basic science research will need to be more immediately applicable to clinical problems, and health challenges observed in populations will need to be more rapidly integrated into rigorous basic and clinical science investigation.

The remainder of the student’s didactic coursework will be guided by a highly flexible framework that permits tailoring to the student’s interest and background. All aspects of the program will emphasize the integration of basic, population, and clinical approaches across all aspects of the student’s didactic education and research experiences, including their Dissertation Committee, and dissertation research.

This program will be suitable for:

This program consists of 99 credit hours and is intended for full time students. Students completing this program will be well prepared to develop academic, research careers in clinical and translational science, careers in government organizations, and / or careers in the private sector (e.g., drug companies, biomedical research companies etc.).

Program Goal:

The goal for this degree program is to develop biomedical researchers who can integrate findings, information, and observations across basic, population, and clinical sciences, to accelerate and transform how we improve the health of individuals and populations.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Graduate Program Application Requirements

In addition to the standard WVU graduate application, students applying to the program must also submit these additional requirements with their application:

• A personal statement that addresses their desire to complete a doctoral program in clinical and translational science, a career in biomedical research, and how their background, including their research experiences, have prepared them for this doctoral program
• A résumé or CV that indicates relevant experience and the years and location (institution) of completion of undergraduate degrees and any graduate or professional coursework or degrees
• Three letters of recommendation from professional and / or academic referees, in which the referees clarify how long and in what capacity they have known the applicant and their assessment of the student’s likelihood of success in doctoral-level work
Applications to this program will be reviewed by a program-specific admissions committee. Presently, it is envisioned that this committee will be comprised of one representative from each of the WVU HSC Interdisciplinary Research Centers (Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, Center for Neuroscience, and the WV Stroke Center), the WVCTSI, and the WVU HSC Office of Research and Graduate Education. Additional faculty and / or student representatives may also be included.

Program Application Test Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission consideration to this program are as follows: • Completed undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher • GRE score of 300 (total; minimum of 150 verbal and 150 quantitative) or MCAT of 28 (total). In the instances where the applicant is a clinician, successful completion of the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board exams may be accepted in lieu of the GRE or MCAT scores. • TOEFL score where applicable (minimum score requirement depends upon the test taken; standards established by the WVU Office of Admissions, International Graduate Students) • Significant undergraduate coursework in the physical or biological sciences is strongly recommended (1 year of biology, 1 year of math, 1 year of chemistry, and 1 year of social sciences) as is research experience

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority

​Application deadline for early decision Fall admittance is January 15th. Admissions will be considered after this date only if space is available.

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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