24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Wisconsin Madison offers a degree in Clinical Investigation, a field in which teams of health care professionals, biostatisticians and others imagine, design, and conduct clinical research, and then take discoveries to human or animal patient populations in the health care system or in communities.


The graduate program in Clinical Investigation (GPCI) at the University of Wisconsin Madison offers a M.S. degree. The focus of GPCI is to provide physicians, clinical scientists, and other health care professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct and translate basic science discoveries into clinical applications through patient (human or animal)–oriented research. The M.S. program trains students to help move research toward solutions for patient populations more quickly.

Applicants ideally have a health professional degree (M.D., DVM, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BSN, BSE, MPT, DPT). Clinical Investigation students are unique among University of Wisconsin Madison graduate students because they enter the program with a terminal degree (with exceptions) and they are seeking training to directly apply their work with patients.

The curriculum draws from existing courses in the partner schools, and includes new courses developed exclusively for the GPCI. Coursework provides a solid foundation in research methods and analysis, including biostatistics, study design, and ethical conduct. Through electives and a research requirement, students pursue their own areas of specialization in patient-oriented clinical research.

Learning outcomes

  • Lead to translation of research among the laboratory, clinic and population through technological or systems innovations, including but not limited to drug therapies, medical devices, biological materials, clinical processes, and/or behavioral interventions.
  • Are appropriately patient-oriented.
  • Draw on the expertise of collaborators in multiple disciplines.
  • Integrate clinical and translational science across multiple departments, schools and colleges, clinical and research institutes, and healthcare delivery organizations.
  • Determine when it is appropriate to use a patient-oriented research design to investigate a translational clinical problem.
  • Understand the principles of multidisciplinary patient-oriented clinical research protocols.
  • Analyze, interpret and report research findings of clinical studies through peer-reviewed scientific channels and to a lay audience.
  • Apply and foster professional, ethical and responsible conduct of clinical research.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Perspectives in Multidisciplinary Clinical & Translational Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Investigation
  • Research Ethics: Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Research Ethics and Career Development
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical Graduate Students

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have a focused area of interest in patient-oriented clinical research and a passion for continuing in a career in patient-oriented research
  • Ideally have a health professional degree (M.D., DVM, Pharm.D., Ph.D., BSN, BSE, MPT, DPT)
  • Have GRE scores if the applicant does not have a graduate or medical professional degree from a U.S. institution
  • Identify a primary advisor to mentor and support the applicant throughout graduate study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25548 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25548 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25548 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12220 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12220 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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