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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.

*International students are only eligible to apply for non-degree study as a Graduate Student-At-Large if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational. International students holding F1 visas are not eligible to apply for the “Graduate Student-At-Large” program or any of our advanced certificate programs at this time.

    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.


    Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

    • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
    • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
    • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

    Schedule an Appointment

    We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.​​​​ 

    Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. 

    Lily Dollan
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    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 Policy (U80 555)
    • 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
    U.S. Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen

    University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.

    application requirements

    Application Deadlines

    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

    • SUMMER 2020: APRIL 15, 2020
    • FALL 2020: AUGUST 5, 2020
    • SPRING 2021: DEC. 15, 2020 
    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 and the required documents have been received.

    Official transcripts from all previous college work

    Transcript from the institution where you received your bachelor's degree or a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

    Non-United States course work transcript verification
    If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

    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/IELTS scores (if applicable)

    All international students are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

    • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
    • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

    This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

    If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission. 

    For international student application deadlines, please click HERE.

    Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

    Three Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation should be completed by teachers or professional associates. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.

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    Still have questions?

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

    Academic Advisor: Lily M. Dollan | (314) 935-3499 |