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.
The Clinical Research Management graduate 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, the 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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at email@example.com.
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), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form.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, IELTS or Duolingo scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo requirement 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, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission.
Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Starting January 1, 2022, University College will cease using the temporary testing options that the University added in 2020. The TOEFL ITP Plus and the TOEFL iBT Home, will no longer be accepted. The traditional TOEFL and IELTS exams will continue to be accepted. Also, the Duolingo exam will be accepted as an official option.
For international student application deadlines and fees, 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
A college instructor or professional associate should complete letters of recommendation. If an instructor cannot be contacted, applicants may submit a waiver request to provide three professional recommendations. Letters can be submitted through the online application or mailed by the recommender.
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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 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.