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.
Specific course work and overall program objectives for all clinical research management programs of study offered through the School of Continuing & Professional Studies 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).
3.0 Minimum Cumulative GPA
Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0.
Each applicant’s background experience in research, or a related field, will also be considered in assessing their readiness for the program. Please see the “Who Should Apply?” section.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- Summer 2023: April 30, 2023
- Fall 2023: July 30, 2023
- Spring 2024: Dec. 31, 2023
Completed Application Form
The online application is available 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
Transcripts are required from each institution that you have attended and taken courses, received your bachelor’s degree, taken post-graduate courses, or where a higher-level degree was conferred. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the school’s registrar to CAPS. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please get in touch with our Admission Coordinator/CRM Specialist, Patricia Agnew, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
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.
International students interested in graduate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas). Students holding F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs. Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.
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At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.
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.
Our CAPS 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.
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.