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Drexel University Online

Master’s/Certificate Programs in Clinical Research Organization and Management

Start Date: Rolling admissions for fall, spring, and summer semesters

Length of Course/Program: 36 credits for MS; 15 credits for Certificate of Study; 9 credits for Quantitative Principles of Clinical Research

Course Description: Drexel’s online Clinical Research Organization and Management program (CROM) was created to meet the educational and professional needs of individuals employed or conducting investigations in the complex and highly regulated field of therapeutic product investigation. No residency requirement or on-site classes are mandated. Courses are conducted in such a manner as to maximize the opportunities for learning, both from student to student as well as from a highly experienced faculty, comprising outstanding teachers - researchers, administrators, lawyers, and scientists from academia and industry.

Program Goals: The Clinical Research Organization and Management Program (CROM) Master’s program at Drexel focuses on formal training in research administration and development, with emphasis on pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. This program allows students to earn the experience and knowledge necessary to conduct investigations in the increasingly complex and highly regulated clinical field, and introduces students to timely and contemporary industry-related issues. The Clinical Research for Health Professionals (CRHP) Master’s program is designed for those pursuing careers as independent investigators. The curriculum is 5 online courses plus 7 courses devoted to an independent research project. The Certificate of Study program offers an optional professional credential to students who successfully complete five graduate-level courses. The Quantitative Principles certificate consists of three courses – epidemiology, biostatistics, and scientific writing.

Who would benefit from enrolling: These programs are designed to meet the professional needs of individuals employed or conducting investigations in the field. The programs are conducted through a highly interactive eLearning system and are fully accessible to working professionals including study coordinators, study monitors, data managers, project managers, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and others working in the field. It is also an excellent program for students with a strong science, mathematical or managerial background looking to enter the clinical research field.

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or its equivalent from another country. Please see the web site for complete admissions information.

Fees: Tuition is $1,005 per credit; discounts on tuition may be available.

Application Deadline: July 10 for Fall; December 5 for Spring; April 17 for Summer

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NYU College of Dentistry

MS in Clinical Research/Advanced Certificate in Clinical Research

Start Date: Fall

Length of Course/Program: MS: 2 years full-time or 4 years Part-time, Certificate: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Course Description: To produce competent entry-level clinical researchers who are knowledgeable about clinical research methodology, administration, ethics, and governing regulations, with a programmatic emphasis on Randomized Controlled Trials.

Program Goals: To educate students about fundamentals of clinical research, clinical research regulations, and the process of constructing research protocols and grant proposals; to develop relevant skills needed for effective practice of clinical research; and, to maintain an environment conducive to learning and self-evaluation.

Who would benefit from enrolling: Individuals interested in pursuing an MS degree in clinical research or professionals within industry looking to enhance skills and training.

Program Accreditation: New York University and the New York State Department of Education.

Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: Applicants must possess a minimum of a BA or a BS degree and/or a professional degree in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or other relevant professional field. Applicants must submit the following items as part of the admission process: A completed application, either the online version sent electronically or a hard copy.

Fees: The program is set at the same level for the Graduate School of Arts and Science. For the current tuition rate, visit the bursar's website:

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington

MS Clinical Research and Product Development

Start Date: Fall semester- Classes start in August

Length of Course/Program: 36 Credit hours

Course Description: UNCW’S MS in Clinical Research and Product Development provides a didactic and rigorous curriculum that is totally online and prepares graduates for mid- to upper-level roles in the biopharmaceutical clinical research industry. An understanding of all the phases of clinical research involving human subjects is fundamental to all coursework. Laws, regulations, guidance documents, and Good Clinical Practice are emphasized throughout the curriculum, in addition to business aspects of the industry, particularly project management and market competition. Faculty have extensive industry experience Including clinical operations, monitoring, research ethics, project management, pharmacotherapeutics, regulatory affairs, medical writing, biostatistics, drug safety, and pharmacoepidemiology.

Program Goals: To prepare graduates to work in research teams in biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, clinical research investigator sites, academic medical centers, government agencies, and other associated organizations conducting:

  • Clinical trials necessary to move new drugs, biologics, and biomedical devices through the regulatory process to reach regulatory approval
  • Post-marketing studies required for drug safety and used for label/market expansion

Who would benefit from enrolling: Individuals currently working in the clinical research industry who have experience but lack an advanced degree and desire to further their career within their organization are ideal candidates for our online program.

Program Accreditation: The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees

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Eligibility/Admissions Criteria: B.A. or a B.S. degree, preferably in a life science, health care discipline, or mathematics/statistics from a regionally accredited program, completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Admission to the UNCW Graduate School includes UNCW Graduate School application, Current resume or curriculum vitae, Official transcripts of all college work, 2-page essay addressing career goals and interest, and 3 letters of recommendations, at least 1 from a current or former employer. Two years of experience in Clinical Research is preferred.

Fees: In-state $223.59 per credit hour; Out-of-state $808.66 per credit hour

Application Deadline: April 1 of each year for Fall admission

For application materials and instructions, go to:

Contact Name: Dr. Jim Lyon

Address: 601 South College Road