The Master of Science in Clinical Research Management is designed for experienced professionals working in academic research centers or private industry who seek greater depth and breadth of study in the science and business of clinical research.
This 30-unit program of study provides experienced health science and related business professionals with updated skills, strategies, and resources for developing and managing products, treatment protocols, and other processes associated with clinical research and patient care. Candidates for the Master of Science in Clinical Research Management typically hold or aspire toward leadership positions in academic research centers or related private sector organizations, such as the pharmaceutical industry.
Likely candidates from academic research settings include clinical research investigators, coordinators, nurses, and sponsor representatives. Private sector candidates include pharmaceutical industry project managers, monitors, and regulatory affairs staff, as well as community physician offices and other independent research agencies.
The Master of Science in Clinical Research Management is awarded by University College, the evening and continuing education division of Arts & Sciences. The program is offered in collaboration with the Washington University School of Medicine, and more specifically, the Center for Applied Research Sciences and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences. Specific course work and overall program objectives for all clinical research management programs of study offered through University College reinforce the guidelines of "Good Clinical Practice" as outlined by the International Conference on Harmonization and adopted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).
The Master of Science in Clinical Research Management is open to qualified applicants with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0. Applicants must submit the following materials:
- a completed Application for Graduate Admission including the required essay describing the role of the program in the applicant's career.
- a $35 non-refundable application fee.
- Official transcripts of all previous college work (undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate); (University College can request the transcript(s) on your behalf, click here for the transcript release form)
- Three letters of reference. Academic references are strongly encouraged.
- Prospective students are urged to discuss admission and tentative course schedules, including prerequisite courses, with the program coordinator.
University College in collaboration with the Washington University School of Medicine, and more specifically, the Center for Applied Research Sciences and the Institute of Clinical & Translational Sciences, review completed applications and make admissions decisions on a rolling basis. The process typically takes four to six weeks, and so we urge applicants to submit their materials by the following schedule in order to ensure a timely decision: mid-November for spring; mid-April for summer; mid-July for fall. If you plan to apply for federal financial aid, please note that this process can take six to eight weeks. It is suggested that applicants begin by completing their FAFSA at the time of application. For additional information about Financial Aid and step-by-step Financial Aid application instructions, click here. Qualified students may take up to six units on a non-degree basis.
The Master of Science in Clinical Research Management is a 30-unit program, including 24 units of required course work and 6 units of authorized electives. The curriculum encompasses in-depth coverage of essential skills and processes required for the management of studies that develop drugs, devices, and treatment protocols for patient care. Major topics include regulatory requirements, ethical issues, product development, business of clinical research, grant funding and manuscripts, epidemiologic principles and tools, research design and data analysis, all in the context of human subjects in clinical trials.
Required Courses (24 Units)
- U80 500 Fundamentals of Clinical Research Management
- U80 515 Medical Writing for Clinical Research
- U80 518 Drug and Device Development
- U80 555 Health Care Reform and Policy
- U80 522 Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory Issues
- U80 512 Advanced Data and Information Management in Health Sciences
- U80 588 Epidemiology for Clinical Research
- U80 562 Leadership and Change in Health Care Services
Electives (6 Units)
Authorized electives from Clinical Research Management or other appropriate graduate programs at Washington University address individual interests such as device trials, ethics, and advanced research, and may include independent study.
A maximum of 6 units of relevant, graduate-level course work may be transferred from another university or from a related graduate program at Washington University with the approval of the program coordinator. These must be graduate-level units not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Transfer credit may be granted only for authorized courses for which the student received a grade of B or higher.
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