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.


At least 38 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.

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 300 - Educational Practice (2)** (summer or fall)

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

EPI 300 - Educational Practice (2)**


EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

EPI 300 - Educational Practice (2)**


* MAS students can opt to take EPI 204 in MAS year 1 or MAS Year 2
** Educational Practice assignments will be made in May of year 1. Student may complete assignments during one quarter of the 2nd year.

Required and Elective Courses
Sample Course Schedule


The MAS program currently has two optional tracks of specialized instruction in which scholars can elect to enroll. There is one track in Data Science in Clinical Research and one track in Implementation Science. Scholars in these tracks will be required to take the core set of courses in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods that underlie clinical research and will use their elective courses for focused instruction in their track’s specific objectives. Scholars may choose to join these tracks at any time during their residence in the program.

If you are opting to complete either the Data Science or Implementation Science track, please visit their pages for specific course details:

*enrollment in this track (or courses) is not guaranteed due to high demand