UC Berkeley-UCSF Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) Program

Offering a professional master’s degree in the field of translational medicine with a focus on medical technology innovation

The Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) program links the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley with the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF, and is designed to train students in applying translational research and engineering approaches to solve fundamental problems in healthcare delivery. The master’s program draws on the unique expertise and technological resources available at the two institutions to provide trainees with the tools necessary to address real world problems in a creative, interdisciplinary team setting.

This program should appeal to engineers, scientists and clinicians who seek to bring innovative treatments and devices into clinical use. Individuals with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy are encouraged to apply. We anticipate that upon receiving their master’s degree or after further academic or clinical training, graduates will work in industries that deliver healthcare products or patient care. Coursework material includes translational aspects of therapeutic science and principles of engineering design. Content covers the fundamentals of bioengineering, physiology and disease processes, along with core medical principles, clinical research methods, and clinical trials design, as well as basics of business and management.

The program culminates in a capstone design-project experience in which students work in interdisciplinary teams co-advised by an engineering faculty member and an MD, PharmD, or clinician. Initial focus areas include therapeutic design and delivery, construction of medical devices, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. A written report and presentation is required for degree completion.

For more information about the MTM program, please follow the links below or use the navigation bar to the left:
Program Curriculum
Program Timeline
List of Approved Elective Courses
Graduate Policy Manual
Admission information and application instructions

Answers to many common questions are included on the FAQ page. All other inquiries regarding the masters program should be sent to the Executive Director:
Michael “Moose” O’Donnell, PhD
306B Stanley Hall #1762
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1762


Please note: Berkeley also offers a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Bioengineering. The MEng program combines entrepreneurship and leadership training with graduate-level technical courses in bioengineering. It is a two semester program (Fall/Spring) in which teams of students from various engineering disciplines work on innovations targeted to meet clinical and societal needs. We urge applicants to consider both masters programs and then choose the one that is best suited for their educational and career goals. If you have specific questions about the M.Eng. program, please contact ude.yelekrebnull@darg-eoib. The MTM FAQ page also provides a more detailed comparison between the MTM program and other common graduate programs such as M.Eng., MBA, MS, and PhD.