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Master's in Clinical Research: Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?

The Master’s in Clinical Research begins with the Summer course CRSP 401, “Introduction to Clinical Research”, which typically begins on the first week in July.

When is the application due?

The application and all supplemental documentation must be received by May 15th.

What is the cost?

The cost is based on a per credit hour rate. The Master’s is a 36 credit hour, 2 to 4 year program. Therefore, the cost would be estimated by multiplying 36 credit hours by the current per credit hour rate, which can be found on the Student Financial Services website. Tuition is evaluated and adjusted each year. Since the program takes more than a year to complete, the aforementioned calculation would be an estimate of the total cost.

What is the distinction between full-time and part-time enrollment?

For a Master’s level scholar, 9 credit hours is considered to be full-time and anything less is considered part-time.

Can the program be taken on a part-time basis?

The Master’s in Clinical Research may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time enrollment requires a student to be enrolled in less than 9 credit hours in any given semester.

Note, if you are on a student visa, you must maintain a full-time status.

Who should apply?

The Master’s in Clinical Research is geared towards clinicians and health-science professionals, such as physician, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, etc. However, each applicant is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Other medical professionals wishing to gain knowledge in conducting research, in collaborating with other clinician-scientists and in patient-oriented research should apply.

Does the Master’s in Clinical Research accept International Students?

Absolutely. Any qualifying applicant is considered for admittance.

Are online classes available?

At this time, only CRSP 505, “Investigating Social Determinants of Health”, is being offered online during the Summer semester.

Do you have weekend or evening classes?

At this time, none of the “CRSP” courses are offered during the evening or weekend.

What does the curriculum for the Master’s in Clinical Research entail?

The Master’s in Clinical Research is a 36 credit hours program. Of which, 13 credits are core coursework, 9 credits are CRSP 651 (“Thesis Research”) and the remaining 14 credit hours are electives. The electives provide scholars the flexibility to 'customize' their education to be more in line with their research area.

For the Master’s Curriculum and course(s) descriptions, please visit the University Registrar.

Can the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research credits transfer to the Master’s in Clinical Research program?

If during your participation in the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program, you decide to transfer into the Master’s in Clinical Research program, the courses successfully completed (a grade of B or better) may be transferred.

To transfer into the Master’s program, an online application for the Master’s program must be completed and submitted.

Does the Master’s in Clinical Research require a research project?

Yes. The Master’s program requires a Thesis.

Are there individuals to assist with the Program and the Thesis?

Actually, you will have two Mentors. Part of being accepted in to the Master’s program is the assignment of a CRSP (Clinical Research Scholar’s Program) Mentor. This mentor is assigned to assist you with enrollment, planning your course of study, directing you to services, etc .

Since you will be working closely with your Research Mentor, we ask that you locate this individual. The Research Mentor must be an expert in the field in same field as your Thesis topic. This responsibility allows you to find someone you feel most comfortable with and who will provide you with the best research direction.

What is the benefit of having a Master’s in Clinical Research?

If you have a desire to pursue clinical research as part of your career, the coursework in the Master’s in Clinical Research program prepares you to be more effect, efficient and ethical with your research and your collaborations. The program also will prepare you, as a clinical investigator, for leadership roles in academia, government and industry.

Is the GRE required?

No. For the Master’s in Clinical Research, the GRE is not required.

Is the TOEFL/IELTS required?

Yes. If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you will be required to provide verification of successfully passing the TOEFL, IELTS, or the USMLE Part 2. Passing scores are as follows:

  • TOEFL (90 on internet-based version, or 577 on paper version)
  • IELTS (7.0 or higher)

Does Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) offer a Dual Degree MS/MD?

Yes. CWRU does offer a Dual/Degree MS/MD program. For more information on this program, please contact Dr. William Merrick at or 216.368.3578.

For the application, what documentation is required?

The following is a list of required documentation:

  • Complete and submit an online application through the ApplyYourself Application Network. A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required to submit the online application to Case Western Reserve University.
  • Three recommendation letters, either through the online application's recommendation forms (preferable method), or three individual unopened sealed envelopes.
  • Submit, as an attachment to your online application, your recent curriculum vitae, including previous research experience if any.
  • Official transcripts for all higher education degrees (original language and English translational versions)
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • If you are an international student, you need to submit scores for one of the following:
    • TOEFL (90 on internet-based version, or 577 on paper version)
    • IELTS (7.0 or higher)
    • USMLE part 2
  • Submit, as an attachment to your online application, your Personal Statement, which should be single spaced and 2-3 pages in length, and should include the following:
    • Your reason for seeking admission
    • Detailed description of your research interests - potential thesis topic(s) must be included here
    • Your relevant research experience, if any
    • Summary of how the program will enhance your ability to achieve your career goals and conduct independent clinical research in your area of interest

I just submitted my application. What happens next?

Once the application and all supporting documentation are received, the entire application packet will go to the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will review the application packet and will contact the applicant requesting an interview. After the interview, the Committee will make a decision as to whether admittance will be granted. An email will be issued to the scholar informing them of the Admissions Committee’s decision.