Application Process

Students interested in applying for the UNCW Clinical Research program must meet the minimum application requirements for clinical research admissions review and complete the online application by the submission deadline.

The application is available until the application deadline.

Online Application

Completing the online application requires the following additional components. We recommend you complete these prior to starting the application. Keep in mind that there are resources on campus to help you with all three components.

  • Essay Requirements:
    • Respond to the prompt:
      • Describe your motivation for pursuing a career in clinical research. You may cite personal experience, specific professional goals and/or other factors.
      • Provide a specific example from your academic experience or work history that demonstrates your ability to work in teams, as well as your sense of responsibility or work ethic.
    • Place Full Name in header of document. Name the file "Last Name CLR Essay" (ex: Smith CLR Essay);
    • Be double spaced and as close to one page without going over; use Times New Roman 12-point font; and, have 1-inch margins
    • Save as a PDF file. How to print to PDF on a Mac or PC;
  • Resume Requirements:
    • Name the file "Last Name CLR Resume" (ex: Smith CLR Resume)
    • Save as a PDF file. How to print to PDF on a Mac or PC;
    • Well-organized and professional;
    • Detail research or clinical research experience if applicable;
    • List transferrable skills
  • Admission Video Statement Requirements:
    The video should be at least one minute, but no longer than two minutes. Upload your video to YouTube using these instructions. If you do not have access to a functioning camera and microphone, please contact  
    • Respond to the prompt: 
      • Describe your interest in clinical research. How will the UNCW Clinical Research program help you achieve your goals in becoming a clinical research professional?  
    • Keep in mind when filming your video:
      • Present yourself as if you are interviewing for a full-time professional position.
      • Check your background for distractions that could take attention away from you.
      • Check the audio to ensure there are no background noises such as traffic, wind, music, etc.
      • Ensure you have good lighting. Avoid backlighting as this will make it difficult for you to be seen.
  • After submitting the online application, you will receive a confirmation email, if you provide your email at the end of the application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact to confirm that your application was submitted.

Evaluation Criteria

Each applicant is evaluated based on criteria and weights found in Table 2.

Admission Application Component Maximum Weight Assigned
Prerequisite course grades and cumulative GPA 50%
Admission Video Statement 20%
Essay 20%
Resume 10%

Applications for all students meeting the above minimum requirements will be reviewed after the application deadline. Admission decisions will be communicated through your UNCW email address. Application and acceptance into the Clinical Research Program is valid only for the fall semester immediately following the application period.


Contact the CHHS Student Success Center at or 910-962-3208.