Clinical Investigation (MS)

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Program Description

The MS in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute prepares investigators with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to succeed in academic careers in clinical research. The program is overseen by program director Michael H. Pillinger, MD

This two-year program is open to individuals planning to be clinical and translational investigators. The program is intended for students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty engaged in clinical and translational research at NYU Langone Health or its affiliates. Physician applicants are expected to be board-eligible or -certified in a clinical specialty, and licensed to practice medicine in New York State.

Our teaching faculty come from all branches of the university, with extensive experience in various forms of research. An even larger pool of mentoring faculty are selected for their experience in mentoring and career development, as well as their own deep knowledge of the MSCI program.

All students are provided with a team of “meta-mentors” who meet with each student and their principal investigator at least twice yearly to confirm that the student is meeting course requirements, that their research is going smoothly, and that they are on track to meet milestone expectations. All members of our teaching and mentoring faculty are committed to supporting the career success of our trainees.

Students also derive extensive benefit from being in a community of learners who share experience and resources. Peer-to-peer mentoring occurs in weekly integrative seminars, and we frequently receive feedback that this is one of the most valuable experiences in the program.


Applicants to the MSCI program who wish to specialize in any of the above listed concentrations apply to NYU Langone’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Applicants must complete the appropriate concentration-specific online application and upload the following documents:

  • your CV
  • transcript
  • a personal statement that addresses your career goals and plans beyond the master’s program
  • a research plan
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a recent photograph (optional)

Access the online application for the MSCI program. An MSCI application checklist is available to help you organize required materials. Incomplete applications are not accepted. For more information, email us at