Masters of Science Degree Program in Translational Research

Translational Therapeutics 

Students may complete the traditional MTR Curriculum or elect an optional specialized track. Learn more about the traditional MTR Curriculum here.

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The translational therapeutics track focuses on discovery of new treatments in an academic setting and transfer of this technology to industry for implementation in clinical practice. There are three main components to this curriculum: a core didactic class in Therapeutics Development (MTR 620); an internship in industry; and a thesis project with a focus in translational therapeutics. This program was designed for the mission of enhancing training in commercialization of academic technology.


Core Courses:

  • MTR 600: Introductory Biostatistics (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 601: Review Writing (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 602: Proposal Development (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 603: Disease Measurement (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 604: Scientific and Ethical Conduct (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 605: Manuscript Writing (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 620: Translational Therapeutics (1.0 c.u.)
  • MTR 999: Industry Internship (1.0 c.u.)

One Laboratory Unit:

MTR 999: Lab

One Elective:

Elective Course Suggestions (doc)


Focus in translational therapeutics:

  • MTR 607: Thesis
  • MTR 608: Thesis

Track Specific Courses:

MTR 620: Translational Therapeutics (1.0 c.u.)
The Translational Therapeutics Course combines three modules that span 1) Therapeutic Discovery in an academic setting, 2) Technology Transfer and 3) the Commercialization process. Content is focused on an overview of methodological approaches to the discovery, preclinical evaluation, and clinical development of novel therapeutics including devices, small molecules, biologics, vaccine, cell based therapies, and antibodies. Practical steps needed for real world transfer of academic technology to the patient setting will be emphasized including disclosure, patenting, licensing, business development and marketing.

MTR 999: Lab – Industry Internship (1.0 c.u.)
Internships in Industry provides an opportunity for students to train in industry for 10 weeks under the shared guidance of a Penn faculty mentor and a designated supervisor at the collaborating site. Internships are available in a range of activities within the pharmaceutical industry, including basic science discovery, clinical trials design, regulatory affairs and marketing. Students gain hands on experience for translating technology while companies foster greater interactions with academia as well as being able to teach MTR students the roles they can play in the pharmaceutical industry as a potential career path. This will be considered equivalent to a laboratory rotation for the MTR degree program.

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