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.

This program is offered either mostly or fully online. Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time. F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment. F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).


Units of Required Courses

Required Courses – 21 units

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

  • 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)
  • Principles of Pharmaceutical Safety (U80 527)
  • Epidemiology for Clinical Research (U80 588)

All courses must be completed with a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.0, and all must be taken at Washington University.

Application Requirements

Non-Degree Study Option

Qualified students with WashU – School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) authorization may take up to six units of Clinical Research Management graduate-level course work on a non-degree basis. To do so, please email

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