To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Research program you must have the following:
- A bachelor’s degree
Students may have a bachelor’s degree in any area. A student’s degree must be from an accredited bachelor's program. Students may apply to the Master of Clinical Research program while their bachelor’s degree is still in progress, but they must receive the degree prior to beginning enrollment in the master’s program.
- Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned that is relevant to the program of study
GPAs are reviewed by Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office. Applicants whose GPAs fall below 3.0 may still apply and be considered for admission.
To apply for the Master of Clinical Research program, you must complete the following steps prior to the application deadline:
- 1. Apply online
You can complete an application online through Ohio State’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions website. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application. At the time you apply, you must select from either the Clinical Research Management or Regulatory Affairs specialization. This selection is made within the online application.
- 2. Submit all college transcripts
You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted.
Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:
The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004
You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web-based documents, online grade reports and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.
For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at 614-292-9444 or to email@example.com.
- 3. Current resume/curriculum vitae
You must submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- 4. Purpose and goals statement
Please compose an essay describing your purpose for undertaking study in this graduate program, including a narrative discussion of your professional experience and career trajectory. This statement should not exceed two single-spaced pages. The purpose and goals statement is an opportunity to address each of the questions listed below, and also to demonstrate your writing skills. Consideration will be given to both the quality of your writing sample and the congruence between your stated goals and the master's degree program.
- What specifically are your academic and career goals?
- What are your motivations for seeking advanced education in your designated specialty area?
- How did you come to your decision to seek graduate education in this specialty area?
- What are your primary personal attributes and what is the relationship of these attributes to your potential as a clinical/preclinical research professional?
- 5. Three letters of recommendation
During the application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders. Once the application is submitted, an email will be automatically generated and sent to your recommenders with a link and further instruction on how to submit their letters of recommendation. We encourage you to submit your application far in advance of the deadline so that your recommenders have ample time to upload their letters. Letters of recommendation should not be mailed and you may not personally submit letters of recommendation.
Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your academic ability, work experience, contributions to clinical and preclinical research (if any), and potential to succeed in the program. Recommendations should be requested from professors who are able to comment on your qualifications for graduate study. Recommendations from non-academic professionals are acceptable if you have extensive work experience with that individual and/or you have been away from academic institutions for some time.
- 6. Test of English proficiency – international applicants only
Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on The Ohio State University Graduate and Professional Admissions office’s website.
- 7. Supplemental application for current or former Ohio State graduate students.
If you are currently or have been previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at The Ohio State University for any length of time, you would be considered a Graduate Intra-University Transfer Student. Be sure to choose the appropriate application for "current or former" Ohio State students after following the Apply link found here. In addition to that online application, you must complete a Supplemental Application. This separate application must be submitted to the College of Nursing directly at CONfirstname.lastname@example.org or can be uploaded to your application after submission by way of the Admission Uploader. Choose any of the following options to access this application:
You will pay tuition and fees each semester you are enrolled in the program, based on the number of credit hours you are completing. Exact amounts of current tuition and fees can be found in detail on Ohio State Online.
All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to five business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.
After the deadline, you will receive an email from the College of Nursing once your application has been sent to the faculty for review. This email will provide a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. You can view an overview of the admissions timeline here.
For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at email@example.com. For in-person assistance or for more information on how to strengthen your application, please click the Schedule a Visit link above to attend one of our monthly Overview Sessions here at the College of Nursing.
Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.