The M-TRAM degree program equips students with highly applicable research and translational skills, competencies and strategies that prepare them for new responsibilities and leadership roles in both academia and industry. Graduates will be prepared to advance their careers in:


  • Physician-scientist

  • Senior scientist

  • Research professional

  • Steppingstone to doctoral programs (MD, PhD)

Research and Development

  • Clinical research coordination

  • Clinical trial management

  • Medical science liaison

  • Medical writing

  • Technical writing

Marketing Management

  • Create marketing plans

  • Support product definition

  • Support product launch

Portfolio Management

  • Understand various projects and programs

  • Assess their relative value to the company

  • Decide whether to continue R&D, fund next-generation device, acquire another company

Clinical, Quality, Regulatory

  • Safety and efficacy
  • Perform clinical trials, find patients, travel results

  • Prepare reports for FDA

Hands-on research, clinical, and professional experiences

In addition to the salient coursework, M-TRAM’s curriculum includes applied hands-on, on-site medical research and biotechnology training that is immediately applicable upon graduation. 

Students also complete a capstone project, the Translational Research Individual Project (TRIP), in the early clinical translation drug therapy and delivery, vaccines, immune measurements and therapy, and gene measurements and therapy.

Mentoring by top scholars and industry leaders

Through their capstone research project, seminars, internships, and other learning experiences, M-TRAM students have myriad opportunities to regularly interact with and learn from the top leaders in the field of translational medicine.

Stanford Medicine’s career counseling services

M-TRAM students have access to career counseling through Stanford School of Medicine’s BioSci Careers center. The center hosts seminars and classes that range from drafting a LinkedIn profile to writing application essay and offers one-on-one counseling to address specific career needs.

The M-TRAM program addresses an unmet need to facilitate the development of novel cutting-edge medical technology to better the health and well-being of all of us.

Jeff Sherman, MD, FACS
Executive VP, CMO, Horizon Therapeutics
M-TRAM Advisory Board Member

Applications portal is now closed  

for the 2024/2025 academic year

We will be accepting applications for 2025/26

in the Fall of 2024.


Questions? Contact us!

Important Dates

September 2024 to January 2024:

  • Applications accepted for 2025/26


December, 2024 (date tba):

  • M-TRAM info session webinar for prospective students 


January 15, 2025:

  • Applications are due for 2025/26


April, 2025:

  • Admission Decisions


Sept. 2025: (date tba)

  • M-TRAM research symposium and New Students Orientation (in person) - stay tuned for registration info


Sept. 22, 2025:

  • First day of classes at Stanford (M-TRAM program starts)


Interested in Becoming an M-TRAM Industry Partner?

We welcome inquiries from biotechnology, pharmaceutical and other health care organizations interested in learning about opportunities to partner with M-TRAM: