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Master of Science (M.S) Clinical and Translational Science

For Additional Information:

Kelly Carothers
Assistant Graduate Recruiter
Phone: (304) 696-7279
Email: carothers@marshall.edu

Marlenea Brand, MPA
Administrative Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (304) 696-7399
Email: brandm@marshall.edu

Rachel Wyant
Administrative Assistant to Vice Dean
Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1836
Email: wyant18@marshall.edu

Marriah Menchaca
Recruitment and Marketing Specialist
Phone: (304) 696-3365
Email: menchacama@marshall.edu

Clinical and Translational Science Overview 

Translational science is the application of the results from the basic research on cells and animals to the treatment of patients. With rapid developments in technology and genomics, this translational science is changing the advancement of medical care so that prevention and treatment of disease is specific to each individual patient. Much of this personalized medicine is dependent on clinical and translational sciences (CTS). 

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM) equips CTS M.S. students with the information and training necessary to translate basic advances into improved patient care that will enhance the quality of life for patients in the Appalachian region, particularly southern West Virginia. Marshall’s CTS M.S. program has expanded to meet both the needs of our students and the demands of our economy. Graduates of Marshall’s CTS M.S. program will be able to lead all aspects of clinical trials of new drugs and procedures. This program provides an emphasis on conducting clinical trials and research specific to the rural regions of West Virginia.

Marshall is now providing three areas of emphasis within the program: Clinical Trials, Clinical Research (Health-Related Professional School Preparation), and Clinical Informatics.

Minimum Admission Requirements 

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall with a 3.0 for combined science and math courses is recommended.
    • Under certain circumstances, the minimum GPA requirement may be waived on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a grade "C" or better.
  • No entrance exam required. 

Prerequisite Coursework 

  • Two semesters of general biology and associated laboratories.
  • Two semesters of general chemistry and associated laboratories.
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry and associated laboratories.
  • Two semesters of physics and associated laboratories.
  • One semester of biochemistry or cell biology are highly recommended but not required. 

Application Process

  • Submit Graduate School Application
    • Choose degree seeking then your program.
  • Pay non-refundable, $40, application fee
    • You should receive an email with a link to submit payment within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not, please e-mail services@marshall.edu for assistance. You may also call to pay over the phone during regular business hours: 304-746-1901.
  • Submit Official Transcripts
    • May be electronically submitted from your institution’s registrar’s office to services@marshall.edu or mailed directly from that office to: Office of Graduate Admissions, Marshall University, 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303.
  • Written Statement
    • Your statement should address your educational and career goals, and why you should be admitted to the M.S. Clinical and Translational Sciences program. 
    • Please email it directly to services@marshall.edu in addition to uploading it through the Supplemental Information Form.
  • Supplemental Information Form
    • Once you choose the program to which you are applying, you will be prompted to upload unofficial documents (i.e. transcript/s, written statement, and résumé/CV).
  • Three Letter of Recommendations

International Application Process 

  • Meet International Admission Requirements 
    • Requirements can or may include submitting official transcripts and evaluations, evidence of English language proficiency, affidavit of financial support, and meeting set deadline. 
    • Visit the International Admissions Webpage for their requirements. 
  • Submit Graduate School Application
    • Choose degree seeking then your program.
  • Pay non-refundable, $65, international application fee
    • You should receive an email with a link to submit payment within 24 hours of submitting your application. If you do not, please e-mail services@marshall.edu for assistance. You may also call to pay over the phone during regular business hours: 304-746-1901.
  • Written Statement
    • Your statement should address your educational and career goals, and why you should be admitted to the M.S. Clinical and Translational Sciences Program. 
    • Please email it directly to services@marshall.edu in addition to uploading it through the Supplemental Information Form.
  • Supplemental Information Form
    • Once you choose the program to which you are applying, you will be prompted to upload unofficial documents (i.e. transcript/s, written statement, and résumé/CV).
  • Three Letter of Recommendations

Apply NOW!

Depending on funding, a limited number of scholarships may be available for CTS MS students. Each scholarship is in the amount of a full year (fall, spring and summer terms) of in-state tuition and fees for the program. Metro, Non-WV residents and international students are eligible for the scholarship; however, the amount provided will remain the same.

This is not a tuition remission or a full scholarship, so students may want to contact the Assistant Director of Student Financial Assistance, Cindy Canterberry, MS, at 304-691-8739 or via email at madden2@marshall.edu.

For additional financial aid information, visit Marshall University's Financial Aid website or contact the financial aid office to speak with a representative. 

Old Main, Room 116
304-696-3162
sfa@marshall.edu

All students are required to meet the general requirements of the Graduate College for receipt of a master's degree. A minimum of 36 credit hours is required for a non-thesis degree. In addition, all students must pass a written and/or oral comprehensive exam. All students will take the following courses within their area of emphasis. 

Students will learn all aspects of administering a clinical trial including study design, research operations, regulatory requirements, recruiting techniques, rural health disparities and more.

Year I - Fall Semester
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BMR 660 Communication Skills I  1
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 600 Epidemiology and Biostatistics Used in Medical Research  3
CTS 620 Basic Clinical Research Operations 
CTS 635 Writing and Peer Review of Scientific Publications 1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal club  1
Year I - Spring Semester
BMR 661 Communication Skills II  1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 610 Study Design and Applied Statistics in Medical Research  3
CTS 614 Online Survey Tools, Relational and Data Warehousing and Data Manipulation 3
CTS 630 Fundamentals of Team Science  2
CTS 640  Clinical Trials Journal Club  1
Year I - Summer 
CTS 650 Rural Clinic Experience  5
Year II - Fall Semester 
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 625 Clinical Research Operations Lab  5
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club  1
CTS 660 Molecular Phenotype of Appalachian Disorders  3
Year II - Spring Semester 
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 625 Clinical Research Operations  5
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club  1
TOTAL HOURS   43

While being trained in clinical trials, participants will develop a strengthened science foundation for application to health-related professional schools.

Year I - Fall Semester
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BMR 601 Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Proteins  3
BMR 602 Introduction to Cell Structure and Metabolism  3
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 620 Basic Clinical Research Operations  3
Year I - Spring Semester
BMR 603 Regulation of cell Function  2
BMR 604 Cellular Basis of Disease  1
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 614 Online Survey Tools, Relational and Data Warehousing, and Data Manipulation  3
CTS 600 Epidemiology in Medical Research    3
Year I - Summer 
CTS 625 Clinical Research Operations  1-6
Year II - Fall Semester 
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club  1
CTS 660 Molecular Phenotype of Appalachian Disorders  3
PMC 621 OR PHS 667 Pharmacology I OR Experimental Approaches to Physiology  1
CTS 335 Writing and Peer Review of Scientific Medical Research  1
Year II - Spring Semester 
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 610 OR BMR 617 Study Design and Applied Statistics in Medical Research OR Research Techniques for the Biomedical Sciences  3
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal Club  1
BMR 882 Research  4
TOTAL HOURS   45

Applicants will study the elements of clinical trials while focusing on data manipulation, machine learning, and clinical programming.

Year I - Fall Semester
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BMR 660 Communication Skills I  1
BMR 680 Seminar  1
CTS 600 Epidemiology and Biostatistics Used in Medical Research  3
CTS 620 Basic Clinical Research Operations 
CTS 635 Writing and Peer Review of Scientific Publications 1
CTS 640 Clinical Trials Journal club  1
Year I - Spring Semester
BMR 661 Communication Skills II  1
BMR 680 Seminar 1
CTS 610 Study Design and Applied Statistics in Medical Research  3
CTS 614 Online Survey Tools, Relational and Data Warehousing and Data Manipulation 3
CTS 630 Fundamentals of Team Science  2
Year I - Summer 
CTS 650 Rural Clinic Experience  5
Year II - Fall Semester 
CTS 611 Machine Learning Journal Club  1
CTS 612 Introduction to Clinical Machine Learning   3
CTS 615 Introduction to Clinical Databases  3
CTS 616 Introduction to Clinical Programming Using C#  3
Year II - Spring Semester 
CTS 611 Machine Learning Journal Club  1
CTS 628 Introduction to Java Clinical Programming  4
CTS 637 Introduction to Tableau  3
CTS 645 Navigating Health IT Systems for Quality Data  3
TOTAL HOURS   45

Active Clinical Trials  
Study ID  PI  Description  Contact Information 
NCT03971071
Ferguson  A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Erenumab in Adults With Medication Overuse Headache  Scott Wiley 
NCT01809002
Koester  Comparison of Processed Nerve Allograft and Collagen Nerve Cuffs for Peripheral Nerve Repair (AxoGen AVIVE) Scott Wiley 
NCT02336217 Driscoll  Glycemic Emergency Management (GEM); An App for Rapid Response to Hypogycemic and Hyperglycemic Situations (GEMApp)  PI - Initiated, Usha Murughiyan
NCT01442194 Ferguson  Safety Study in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis Treated Fingolimod or Other Approved Disease-modifying Therapies  (PASSAGE)  Linda Morgan 
NCT03257358 Ferguson  A Study of Immune Phenotype Biomarkers in Patients With Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (RMS) After Treatment With 0.5mg Fingolimod (FLUENT)  Linda Morgan 
NCT03277313 Shephard Efficacy, Safety, Tolerability, Immunogenicity and Pharmacokinetic Evaluation of HYQVIA in Pediatric PIDD Subjects   Nicole Finley 
NCT02336217 Gress  Glycemic Emergency Management (GEM); An App for Rapid Response to Hypogycemic and Hyperglycemic Situations (GEMApp) TEACH  Usha Murughiyan
NCT03537508 Lambros Immunogenicity and Safety of a Quadrivalent Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine when Administered Concomitantly with Routine Pediatric Vaccines in Healthy Infants and Toddlers in the US (MET 42 SANOFI)  Robin Ashford; Linda Morgan (unblinded) 
NCT03012776 Phan  A Pivotal Study of the Premia Spine TOPS System (TOPS IDE) Linda Morgan 
NCT02907177 Ferguson  Clinical Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Ponesimod to Placebo in Subjects With Active Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Who Are Treated with Dimethyl Fumarate (Tecfidera)(POINT) Linda Morgan 
NCT04032093 Keblawi A Phase 2B Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Study of a Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Vaccine in Pregnant Women   Robin Ashford 
NCT01809002 Koester  Comparison of Processed Nerve Allograft and Collagen Nerve Cuffs for Peripheral Nerve Repair (RECON) Sarah Finley (Ortho)
NCT02465060 Kumar Targeted Therapy Directed by Genetic Testing in treating Patients With Advanced Refractory solid Tumors, Lymphomas, or Multiple Myeloma (TARGET - PD) Usha Murughiyan
NCT03028740 Sundaram AURORA: Phase 3 Study for the Efficacy and Safety of CVC for the Treatment of Liver Fibrosis in Adults with NASH Nicole Finely 

Updated on November 19, 2019. 

For more information on PI Initiated Clinical Trials, contact Usha Murughiyan (304) 691-1841

PI Initiated Clinical Trials  
IRB Number  PI  Description 
827507 Egleton, Richard  NAS 
921118 Cyphert, Holly HERD 2020/2021
1144273-18 Irfan, Affan Nicotine and ECG 
GRANT  Sundaram, Uma  NIH COBRE
GRANT  Sundaram, Uma NIH Ro1
GRANT  Sundaram,  Uma  Ro1NET
499630 Koester, Alan AVANTA (SRTMMCP)
463451 Koester, Alan AVANTA (SRTMPIP)

Updated on November 19, 2019. 

Clinical Trials 

  • Clinical Trial Coordinator 
  • Clinical Project Manager 
  • Clinical Recruitment Coordinator 

Clinical Research - Health Professions 

  • Medical School 
  • Pharmacy School 
  • Physician Assistant (PA) School

Clinical Informatics 

  • Data Scientist 
  • Data Warehouse Research Analyst
  • Insurance Outcomes Predictor 

Priority Deadline -  June 1 for best chance of admission.

Applicants will be considered until June 30, if openings are available. 

Leadership 

Uma Sundaram, MD

Vice DeanOffice of Research & Graduate Education
Phone: (304) 691-1841
sundaramu@marshall.edu

Richard Egleton, PhD

Co-DirectorMU JCESOM Graduate Program 
Phone: (304) 696-3523
egleton@marshall.edu


Marlenea Brand, MPA

Administrative Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (304) 696-7399
brandm@marshall.edu