Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply? 

If I am not with UCSD or UCSD affiliate, can I still apply to the program?

How do I apply to the program?

What are the admission requirements for CREST?

What are the admissions requirements for the MAS degree program?

When is the deadline for submitting the application?

Where do I send my application?

Could I register for the MAS degree program after completing the all the 2-year CREST courses?

How long does it take to complete the CREST program?

How many credit units are needed to earn the MAS degree?

How much does it cost?

Who can apply?

Any doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty who are pursuing a career in clinical or translational research can apply. Members of UCSD and its affiliates (UCSD fellows, faculty, junior faculty, VA, Children's Hospital), apply through CREST.

If I am not with UCSD or a UCSD affiliate, can I still apply to the program?

Yes, you are eligible to apply through the Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research degree program.
Details of the Masters Degree program and fees can be found at http://clre.ucsd.edu/.  

What are the admissions requirements for the CREST program?

Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit the CREST website, read and understand the descriptions and objectives of the courses they are interested in, review the course start and end dates, and review the overall program goals. Applicants must agree to commit to attending at least 70% of the classes for each course, and completing the majority of the homework. By the end of their first year in the CREST program, students must decide if they would like to apply for the MAS Program.

What are the admissions requirements for the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Clinical Research degree program?

Full- time UCSD Employee or Affiliate (employed by UCSD or affiliates like Rady Children’s Hosp., VA, etc) will apply through the CREST program (Track 2 – transferring to the MAS degree program after 20 units) and enjoy the discounted course fees instead of  paying full MAS fee ($785/unit).  UCSD Fellows/Research Staff pay $285/unit and faculty pay $395/unit through CREST UP TO the first 20 units of the curriculum (40 total for the degree). The CREST and MAS curriculum are identical up to 20 units.

How do I apply?

UCSD and affiliates: UCSD fellows, faculty, junior faculty, VA, Children's Hospital should submit:

  • Agreement letter of primary supervisor (signed)
  • Resume or Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Letters of Recommendation  (3)  

Non-UCSD affiliates:please visit UCSD Extension for detailed instructions on applying for the Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research program.

Where do I send my application?

UCSD and  affiliates: Submit CREST Program Application with required documents to:
CREST Program Office
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0170X
La Jolla, CA  92093-0170X
Phone: 858-534-9163
Fax: 858-534-9168
schernet@ucsd.edu

Non-UCSD affiliates: See information at http://clre.ucsd.edu/.

CREST program application deadlines

- The registration deadlines are September 30 for the January session and April 30 for the July session

Track II students:

  • Get Advanced Certificate in Clinical Research once completed the 20 unit
  • Continue for Master's Degree in Clinical Research

Track I students:

  • Enroll in individual courses
  • Enrollment is on a space available basis i.e. will be placed on a waiting list (first come-first serve) until administering the certificate/degree students.
  • Can't get Advanced Certificate in Clinical Research or continue for Master's Degree in Clinical Research.

If there are more applicants than can be accommodated for a given course, the Program Director and Co-Directors will determine which applicants will be accepted. Admission will be based on affiliation (preference given to UCSD/VA/Children's Hospital affiliates), level (preference given to fellows), expected benefit of the program to the individual (as determined by factors such as type of research and previous research experience), and date of submission of application.

Could I register for the MAS degree program after completing all of the entire 2-year CREST courses?

No,  you must decide by the end of your 1st year and/or prior to completing the 20 units (must enroll as Track II) if you are going to enroll in the degree program.

How long does it take to complete the CREST program?

The CREST Program consists of 20 credit units of study. Coursework can be completed in 12 to 24 months of study, depending upon a participant's time to devote to the program. Students must enter the program in the winter (January) or in the summer (July) to complete the certificate program in 12 months.

How many credit units are needed to earn the MAS degree?

The master's degree in Clinical Research consists of 40 credit units of study. Coursework can be completed in 18 to 30 months of study, depending upon a participant's time to devote to the program. Students enter the program in the winter (January)or in the summer (July) to complete the degree program in 18 months.

If I apply for the MAS degree program but then decide to leave after completing the second year, can I still receive a certificate for completing the CREST program?

Yes, you'll receive a certificate if you've completed the 20 credit units of study and passed the comprehensive exam.

How much does CREST cost?

All UCSD residents, fellows (including laboratory-based fellows), and faculty pay a discounted fee: The fee for UCSD residents and fellows is $570 per 2 unit course (285/unit). The fee for UCSD faculty is $790 per 2 unit course (395/unit). The fee for  Non-UCSD affiliates is $1,570 per 2 unit course ($785/unit)  The fee covers the costs for all lectures and course materials and books.

For those who are interested in the Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research degree, there will be additional university fees for each quarter of enrollment. Details of the Masters Degree program and fees can be found here.

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