Resources for the MSCR Program

Orientation Binder (Handbook)

Annual Activities and Accomplishment Report (download for fillable version): due each May while in the program.

Committee on Studies (COS) forms: 
  • Appointment: due June after admission into MSCR program.
  • Report: due every 3 months.
Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI) Assessments (download for fillable versions):
  • Beginning: submitted with CCTS application.
  • Interim: due June of 2nd and subsequent years in both CCTS and MSCR programs.
  • End: submitted as part of graduation processing in final semester.

Graduate Resource Center Workshops: Calendar

Workshops on a variety of topics for graduate students including; Wellness, Reading Skills and Strategies, Financial Literacy, Time Management, and more.


  • MSCR Graduation Checklist: due semester prior to graduation
  • Exit Information Sheet: complete during your last semester.
  • Intent to Graduate: due after your Program of Studies (POS) is approved and no later than semester prior to graduation.
  • Graduate Studies Roadmap for graduation: Start to Finish
  • All degree requirements (except current term grades) must be complete by the following deadlines:
    • Summer Graduation: July 15
    • Fall Graduation: November 15
    • Spring Graduation: April 15
Learning Plan samples: Level 2 Course Approval (be sure to enter the actual system course number):

Level 2 Offerings (pre-approved): A current syllabus and Course Approval form are required but the competency/objectives section of the approval form may be left blank.

Level 2 Syllabi (pre-approved): Only a Course Approval form is required when using one of the following as a Level 2 but Section II (Course Competencies) of the approval form may be left blank. The MSCR Program Director will sign off as the Domain Leader.

Manuscript (Thesis) Information - lots of information on the Graduate Studies site; format, ETD Release, Procedures, Embargo, Checklist!

Permission forms (Release for Use of Name, Likeness, Voice, Image or Performance and Copyright License):

Program of Studies (MSCR) - Master's of Science in Biomedical Science with Clinical Research Concentration: due semester prior to graduation (March 1st, July 1st, or October 1st).  See below for details.

Thesis Defense information:
  • Announcement of Exam (online form): due to OGS at least two weeks prior
  • Exam Flyer: due to BREP at least three weeks prior
  • Report of Exam (online form): due within a week of your defense
    1. COS (Exam Committee) Chair Initiates at by entering the overall COS decision
    2. Each member of the COS, including the Chair a second time, enters their individual decision
    3. The form then routes electronically to OGS
  • Report on Thesis/Dissertation: one from each reader due within a week of your defense
    1. These are paper forms completed by each member of the examination committee
    2. The COS Chair should collect these and return them to the BREP Office for forwarding to OGS
Tuition Remission:


Completion of the Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is a prerequisite for admission.

Program of Studies (MS-CR) Instructions

Follow these instructions if you are completing the full Clinical and Translational Science Master's program (MSCR).  The form is due to BREP at least one week prior to the OGS deadline:
  • Summer Graduation: March 1st
  • Fall Graduation: July 1st
  • Spring Graduation: October 1st

Program of Studies Form:

  • Section 1: Complete with your info.
  • Section 2: "Biomedical Research Education Program (BREP)"
  • Section 3: Complete with your info.
  • Section 4:
    Check "Master's Degree (plus Graduate Certificate)"
    Degree Abbreviation (Primary Program): "Master's of Science"
    Major: "Biomedical Sciences"
    Banner Major Code: "MS-BIOM"
    Also fill in the following:
    Degree Abbreviation (Certificate): "Graduate Certificate"
    Major: "Clinical and Translational Science"
    Banner Major Code: "GCERT-CTS"
  • Section 5: "Clinical Research"
  • Section 6: Blank
  • Section 7: Check "Plan I (with thesis)"
  • Section 8: Enter the Semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) and Year you intend to graduate.
  • Section 9: Check the year you entered the program.
  • Section 10: Enter all applicable courses, noting core with a checkmark in the "C" column.
  • Section 11: Enter approved Applied Credit (courses taken at UNM as Non-Degree, Extension, or while an Undergraduate) courses here.
  • Section 12: Enter approved transfer (non-UNM) courses here.
  • Section 13: Enter all courses used for the Certificate (16 hours marked in blue on your Learning Plan). Courses listed here should also appear in one of the preceding sections, 10-12. Use additional pages if more lines are required.
  • Section 14: Blank
  • Section 15: Student and Major Advisor (Committee Chair) sign.
  • Section 16: Student and Major Advisor (Committee Chair) sign.

Once you and your Committee Chair have signed, the form should be submitted to the BREP office for Graduate Director signature, recording, and courier to Graduate Studies.

Those accepted in the degree program prepare an individual Inventory Assessment: Needs Analysis and Self-Identification to identify knowledge, skills and abilities attributable to their prior education, training, and experience. Together with the degree Committee of Studies and their mentors, learners develop an Individual Program of Studies that prepares them to develop clinical and translational research skills sufficient to become independent investigators.

The M.S. in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Clinical Research encompasses an individualized learning experience of 34 credit hours as follows:

  • Program Core (16 credit hours): Program core requires completion of the “Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science” (CCTS) curriculum listed elsewhere and substitutes for the core requirements of the MS-Biomedical Sciences.
  • Electives (12 credit hours): A second credit hour in any one of the domains is considered an elective. No single domain may accrue more than 5 credit hours beyond Program Core. Two credit hours of electives are required in no less than three domains, and 3 credit hours of electives in at least two domains.
  • Thesis (6 credit hours): BIOM 599. Many higher level competencies are attained through practical research experience.

Year One:

Students complete the core curriculum (16 credits) for the CCTS program and apply for the MSCR program.

To view the curriculum of the CCTS program, click here.

Year Two:

Starting in the Summer term of Year 2, students will begin earning 12 Credits of upper-level competencies that are offered in an independent study model and are customized based on each student’s interests, research project and desired emphasis.

14 Domains :

  • BIOM 556: Research Design
  • BIOM 557: Measurement
  • BIOM 558: Study Implementation and Project Management
  • BIOM 559: Biostatistics
  • BIOM 560: Current and Emerging Technologies
  • BIOM 561: Patient Outcomes Research
  • BIOM 562: Epidemiology
  • BIOM 563: Conducting Research within Healthcare Systems
  • BIOM 564: Biomedical Informatics
  • BIOM 565: Cultural Competence
  • BIOM 566: Grantsmanship
  • BIOM 567: Biomedical Ethics and Regulatory Compliance
  • BIOM 569: FDA Drug/Device Development
  • BIOM 570: Scientific Writing

In order to complete the MSCR degree, students must enroll in at least 6 Thesis hours and prepare a thesis document in accordance with the MSCR and Office of Graduate Studies guidelines. Students must present their completed thesis research to a public audience and defend their project during a closed exam session with their Committee On Studies. The program is designed for students to be able to complete the MSCR in a two-year period with the defense is typically scheduled for the Summer term of year 2.