Advanced Certificate in Clinical Research Management

Advanced Certificates

The advanced certificate in Clinical Research Management is designed primarily for experienced professionals who already hold an advanced degree in a related health care field or in business, and who need a targeted cluster of courses in clinical research management for career enhancement. Candidates for the advanced certificate aspire toward leadership positions in academic research centers or related private sector organizations, such as the pharmaceutical industry.

Non-Degree Study Option

Qualified students with University College authorization may take up to six units of Clinical Research Management graduate-level course work on a non-degree basis. To do so, complete the "Graduate Student-At-Large" application located on our Apply page.


    The Clinical Research Management advanced certificate 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.

    required course work

    Courses taken toward the Certificate in Clinical Research Management also may count toward the Master of Science in Clinical Research Management.

    Required Courses: 21 units

    • Fundamentals of Clinical Research Management (U80 500)
    • Medical Writing for Clinical Research (U80 515)
    • Drug and Device Development (U80 518)
    • Health Care Reform and Policy (U80 520)
    • Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory Issues (U80 522)
    • Advanced Data and Information Management in Health Sciences (U80 512)
    • Epidemiology for Clinical Research (U80 588)

    All courses must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

    admissions requirements

    Prospective students are urged to discuss admission and tentative course schedules, including prerequisite courses, with the program coordinator.

    A Minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0

    Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.

    All courses must be taken at WashU

    application requirements

    Completed application form

    The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

    Official transcripts from all previous college work

    Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

    Personal statement

    Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

    TOEFL scores (if applicable)

    If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

    Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

    $35 application fee

    You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

    This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

    Three Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. They can be submitted as part of your online application or mailed to University College.

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    Still have questions?

    Program Coordinator: Sally Anderson | (314) 935-6700 | sallyanderson@wustl.edu

    Academic Advisor: Shawn Cummings | (314) 935-6783 | cummingss@wustl.edu

    Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu