Master of Science in Clinical Research Management


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.

Program Objectives

The Clinical Research Management graduate program 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. 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.

As an experienced health science or related business professional, you will update skills, strategies, and resources for developing and managing products, treatment protocols, and other processes associated with clinical research and patient care.

Who Should Apply?

Candidates for this master degree program typically hold or aspire toward leadership positions in academic research centers or related private sector organizations.

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 staff in community physician offices and independent research agencies.


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).

required course work

Required courses: 24 units

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Research Management (U80 500)
  • Advanced Data and Information Management in Health Sciences (U80 512)
  • Medical Writing for Clinical Research (U80 515)
  • Drug and Device Development (U80 518)
  • Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory Issues (U80 522)
  • Health Care Reform and Policy (U80 555)
  • Leadership and Change in Health Care Services (U80 562)
  • Epidemiology for Clinical Research (U80 588)
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.

admissions requirements

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.

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 Essay

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? Is there additional information we should know about you 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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Michelle Ellis

"Getting a degree from Washington University has opened so many doors for me. I utilize the skills I learned in my current job, in my personal life, and in just about anything that I do."

―Michelle EllisMS in Clinical Research Management, BS with a double major in English & Psychology

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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Sally Anderson | (314) 935-6700 |

Academic Advisor: Shawn Cummings | (314) 935-6783 |

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 |