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Clinical Research MS

How Do I Apply to the Clinical Research MS Program?

Penn State College of Medicine’s Master of Science in Clinical Research program follows the application process for The Graduate School at Penn State.

All students must submit an application through The Graduate School.

Before applying, please review the Graduate School’s admissions requirements.

What is Required?

Graduate School applications must include the following items to be eligible for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Completed online application
  • Resume or CV
  • Copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and must have completed at least college-level course in algebra, calculus or statistics
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE, GMAT, MCAT or LSAT scores - Taken within the past five years; see details below for possible waiver
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores - International applicants only; see details below for possible waiver

Key Dates

Formal applications to the program by international students must be completed by Jan. 15 for consideration for matriculation in August.

Admission to this program is for fall semester only.

Standardized Testing

For those submitting GRE scores, institution code is 2660.

Waiver for advanced degrees: GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, TOEFL or IELTS testing is not required for applicants who possess an advanced degree beyond the baccalaureate.

GPA and Test Score Requirements

The requirements of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and satisfactory GRE scores may be relaxed if the student has professional experience, a post-baccalaureate degree in a related field, or other strong evidence suggesting likely success in the program. Some applicants may be accepted on a provisional basis, pending performance at the B (3.0) level or higher in the first semester.


Send TOEFL scores by selecting code 2660.

Minimum Penn State acceptable test scores and exemptions for TOEFL and IELTS are available through The Graduate School.

Transfer Credits

In selected cases, a transfer of a maximum of nine credits from an external institution or up to 15 credits of non-degree work from Penn State, if the credits contribute to the required core and the electives. Transfer credits require approval by the program director.

See Penn State transfer credit policies.

Evaluation of Applications

Admission is based on evaluation by the Graduate Application Review Committee of the Department of Public Health Sciences of the undergraduate transcript, written responses and two letters of recommendation. Research experience of the applicant is also a significant component of the evaluation process. 

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Clinical Research MS Program, please contact Mardi Sawyer, Program Administrator, at 717-531-7178 or