Curriculum

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) program is designed to be completed in two academic years. Most trainees are able to complete all requirements within seven academic quarters, although occasionally students take extra time to complete their original research.

Courses

At least 36 quarter-units of coursework are needed for graduation. Trainees will take the majority of their coursework in the first year allowing for focus on performing independent research in the second year. Grading policy is determined by the UCSF Graduate Division. In particular, scholars should note that UCSF graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 (B average) and that letter grades cannot be converted to "S/U" after the deadline for the respective quarter. It is the policy of the TICR Program that one "C" grade or less (or one "U" grade) will trigger a discussion between the program director and the student about the expected level of performance in the program. Two or more grades of "C" or less (or two or more "U" grades) will trigger a formal review by the program and the chair of the scholars’ Master’s Committee. This formal review will develop an individualized remediation plan to address the deficiencies. A memorandum of understanding will be generated that clearly outlines specific steps and associated timeline that the scholar must fulfill in order to return to satisfactory performance. The memorandum will be signed by the following parties: the scholar, the Master’s Committee chair, and the program director. Should a scholar be unable to fulfill the expectations according to the timeline outlined in the memorandum, the student will be subject to dismissal from the program.

TICR Policy Regarding Academic Credit for Courses Taken in the Past

Other policies and procedures governing graduate study at UCSF may be found at the Graduate Division website.

Course Registration: All students matriculated in the Master's in Clinical Research Degree program must follow the registration process established by the UCSF Office of Admissions and Registrar. Please refer to the Office of Admissions and Registrar website for further information about the registration process, deadlines for filing study lists, adding/dropping courses, and other matters.

Sample Course Schedule

Year 1
Summer Clinical Research Workshop Fall Winter Spring

EPI 202 — Designing Clinical Research (2)

EPI 201 — Responsible Conduct of Research (0.5)

EPI 218 — Data Collection and  Management  for Clinical Research (1)

BIOSTAT 212 — Introduction to Statistical Computing in Clinical Research (1)

 

EPI 203 — Epidemiologic Methods (4)

EPI 204 — Clinical Epidemiology (3)*

BIOSTAT 200 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research I (3)

EPI 220/230 — TICR Program Seminar for First-Year Master's and Certificate Program Scholars (1)

EPI 205 — Clinical Trials (2)

EPI 222 — Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities: What Every Researcher Should Know (1)

BIOSTAT 208 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research II (3)

EPI 220/230 — TICR Program Seminar for First-Year Master's and Certificate Program Scholars (1)

 

EPI 212 — Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research (1)

EPI 214 — Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis (1)

BIOSTAT 209 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research III (3)

EPI 220/230 — TICR Program Seminar for First-Year Master's and Certificate Program Scholars (1)

Year 2
Fall Winter Spring

(EPI 204 — Clinical Epidemiology (3))*

BIOSTAT 210 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research IV (2)

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

Electives

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

Electives

* MAS students can opt to take EPI 204 in MAS year 1 or MAS Year 2

Required and Elective Courses
Sample Course Schedule