Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

Applying for Admission


Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research within the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics must submit all applications and application materials by the appropriate deadline in order to be considered for admission. Applications that become complete after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis through rolling admissions. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

Application Priority Deadlines

Fall semester:  August 1

Spring semester:  January 1

Students applying to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program must submit the following:

  • UMKC General Application for Admission
  • Official college/university transcripts
  • Official TOEFL scores (international applicants only)*
  • One-page goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Physicians in a residency or fellowship programs only have to submit one letter of recommendation from the director of their program.
  • Current resume or CV

*The TOEFL exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants who are currently participating in or have successfully completed a graduate medical residency or fellowship and have passed USMLE Step II – Clinical Skills are not required to submit a TOEFL, and a minimum score of 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based exam) or 79 (Internet-based exam) is required.

Application Process

Step 1: UMKC General Application for Admission

U.S. citizens and permanent residents must complete the UMKC General Application for Admission. Please follow the instructions provided on the application.

International applicants should review the International Student Affairs Office application and application instructions.

The following will be submitted online with the UMKC General Application:

One-Page Goal Statement

All applicants must submit a one-page goal statement explaining their interest in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research.

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required from individuals such as professors, advisors, administrators or employers who can speak to your academic ability and other personal characteristics. Family members and/or friends of the family should not provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are considered confidential material at the UMKC School of Medicine; information provided in letters of recommendation will not be shared with the applicant.

When completing the School of Medicine Online Supplemental Application, a student will need to list the names and email addresses of those providing letters of recommendation. After entering the information for each person providing the letter of recommendation, a student will need to click “Send Email Request” in order for the person providing the letter of recommendation to receive instructions for submitting the letter of recommendation electronically. Once the Online Supplemental Application has been submitted, no changes or additions to the Online Supplemental Application, including the reference section, may be made.

If recommendations are submitted with the general application for admission by mail, the student is still required to submit the names and email addresses of those providing letters of recommendation within the Online Supplemental Application. The submitted letters may then be uploaded by the UMKC School of Medicine Office of Admissions.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

All applicants must submit a current CV or Resume. The CV or Resume should minimally include your current address, employment history, and prior education.

Step 2: Transcripts & Test Scores

All applicants are required to submit official college/university transcripts to the university. Transcripts may be sent to:

Office of Admissions
University of Missouri – Kansas City
Office of Admissions – Processing
5115 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

International applicants should submit transcripts to:

University of Missouri-Kansas City
International Student Affairs Office
Student Success Center
5000 Holmes Road, G-04
Kansas City, MO 64110

TOEFL scores are required for international applicants only and should be submitted electronically by identifying UMKC as a score recipient. The UMKC TOEFL code is also 6872.