Master of Science in Patient-Oriented Research (POR) Program

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The two-year, 30-credit Master of Science in Patient-Oriented Research (MS-POR) Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary series of courses and colloquia, some of which were designed exclusively for the Patient Oriented Research track. The program emphasizes strong quantitative training as well as critical thinking skills and practical strategies for addressing the complex challenges of clinical and translational research, with the overall goal of enabling its trainees to compete successfully for peer-reviewed research funding.

Successful completion of the MS-POR Program requires a master's essay in the form of an NIH-style research grant application, written under the supervision of program faculty. Limited-tuition scholarships are available to the most highly qualified applicants each year. Applications from postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty are welcome.

See a list of current and past Patient-Oriented Research scholars.


The MS-POR program is open to applicants with the following doctoral degrees: MD, DDS, DMD, DO, DC, ND, or DNSc. PhDs who want to become involved in clinical research may also be eligible. Candidates from a wide range of patient-oriented research fields and specialty areas are encouraged to apply, although all candidates must be engaged in either direct care of or research with patients.


Applications are due April 1st of each year.

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If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
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