What is the MTM?
The Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) is a professional master’s program jointly offered at two world-renowned institutions – the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Translational medicine is all about bridging the gap between research concepts and clinical use. Being a master of translational medicine demonstrates that you have a deep understanding of how to get tools and technologies into the hands of the clinicians and patients who need them.
In this immersive 10-month program, students from diverse backgrounds in engineering, life sciences, and medicine come together to work on real-world medical innovation projects and learn how to navigate the complex process of commercializing a medical device.
If you’re ready to become a member of the incredibly vibrant medical innovation ecosystem of the Bay Area and open new doors for career opportunities across a range of functions and spaces, consider joining us!
Why are we extending our application period?
These are absolutely unprecedented times for the field of medical innovation. In the face of COVID-19, there is more of a need now than ever before for people with skills and expertise in translational medicine. We realize that all of the disruptions we’ve experienced recently may also catalyze unique scenarios where people are finding themselves in the right place and time to continue their education.
We want to extend the opportunity for more people to pursue a degree in translational medicine. That’s why we’re extending our application deadline through June 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis during this period, and you will be added to a waitlist. We will make a determination as soon as possible about how many additional students we can accept.
Please note that international students currently located outside the U.S. may find it difficult or impossible to obtain a visa, as many visa-processing offices remain closed.
What should you do to apply?
Completing an application in such a short time frame will take a highly focused effort. We suggest doing the following as soon as possible:
- Fill out the form on the right of this page.
- Email Moose O’Donnell (email@example.com) with your resume or CV to let him know you’ll be applying. Feel free to send along any questions or concerns you may have about the process too!
- Request 3 letters of recommendation from references.
- Start an application at https://gradapp.berkeley.edu/apply/ [Note: the application system will show that the deadline is passed, but we will manually extend the deadline after we receive your email.]
- Review information about the application process on our FAQ page, and on Berkeley Graduate Division’s page.
- Start compiling and developing all of the materials you’ll need for a complete application:
- The Graduate Application for Admission (online)
- Statement of Purpose
- Personal History Statement
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
- Unofficial Transcripts (submitted online through the application portal)
- Conversion of GPA (for international students only)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Official Scores (for international students only)
- Application Fee
- The Graduate Application for Admission (online)
What can you expect in the fall?
Mode of instruction
Many universities across the U.S. are making the decision to proceed with remote instruction through fall semester. UCSF has followed this trend. Since most of the core classes of the MTM are at UCSF, this means that a substantial portion of at least fall semester will be remote. UC Berkeley won’t be releasing their decision about whether instruction will be remote until mid June. Fortunately, we have gotten experience teaching MTM core classes remotely this spring semester. We feel confident that we can offer an excellent educational experience regardless of the mode of instruction.
We’re currently soliciting capstone projects that can successfully be completed remotely. One advantage of this is that we are able to look further afield for project options, opening up possibilities that didn’t exist before due to geographic constraints. Depending on the timescales that social distancing measures are relaxed, some capstone work may be able to be conducted in person.
You can find information on tuition and fees for the program at the UCSF Registrar’s website. For the 2019-20 cohort, California residents paid $52,873 in tuition and fees, and non-residents paid $65,118 for the year. We expect tuition and fees to remain relatively stable for this next year.
At present, our financial aid budget is fully committed in awards to students who applied during the normal admissions cycle. Depending on enrollment numbers, we may have additional funds available to distribute as awards to students who apply late, though we won’t have a final estimate of this until August.