MSRS Application

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MSRS Admissions

Only one application is required for both the MSRS and ITMAT Funding.
This combined funding application deadline for students enrolling in July 1, 2024 is December 1, 2023.


  • Entrants must have MD, PhD, MSN, VMD, PharmD, or DMD level degree 
  • Entrants must enroll as full-time students and Penn staff are not eligible to apply unless 80% of their time is protected

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact us before beginning their application.

Application Process:

The Online Program Application  requires the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement: a one page description of the career goals that includes a description of how the MSRS degree meets your educational objectives
  • Research plan: 2-3 page description of proposed research project
  • External support for the applicant's salary or research program awarded or under review
    • Please specify if you prefer to be considered for a specific funding mechanism: TL1, KL2, or ITMAT Scholarship
  • Primary Mentor NIH biosketch and other support
  • Three letters of support from the applicant's:
    1. Primary mentor (send them the guidelines below)
    2. Secondary/co-mentor if applicable, or faculty member who can speak to your suitability for the program and/or experience in research
    3. Third faculty member who can speak to your suitability for the program and/or experience in research
      1. For postdoctoral applicants, choose another faculty member
      2. For all predoctoral applicants, choose another faculty member from undergraduate or graduate/medical school
  • Application Fee: $45 by credit card via CollegeNet
  1. Create a CollegeNet account. After logging into CollegeNet, select “Online Application”.
  2. Enter your Personal Information.  Save and continue to Program Information. 
  3. Choose “Perelman School of Medicine Masters Programs”
    • Select: “Regulatory Science, MS”
    • Select "Summer 2024" term.
  4. You can enter information in stages, at your own pace, and access the application any number of times until submission.
  5. Once the application has been fully submitted, check the status and note the receipt of recommendation letters.

Please note that the letters of support have specific guidelines:

The Mentor(s) letter of support should address the following:

  1. The commitment to mentor the candidate
  2. The suitability of the trainee's education objectives for stated career goals
  3. The feasibility and relevance of stated area of research to be undertaken during the program to include:
    • The resources available to complete the research
    • The availability of collaborative relationships that may be required to undertake the research question
  4. Mentor's prior experience mentoring in ITMAT programs and/or mentoring translational research trainees

Applications received after the deadline or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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