Master of Science in Clinical Research

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Program Overview

The Case Western Reserve University's Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) offers a Master's in Clinical Research through two pathways. Both pathways are flexible two-to four-year Master's programs which provide rigorous didactic education in clinical research methods coupled with either an in-depth mentored investigative thesis or hands-on experience in conducting clinical research through a Capstone Project.

Clinical Research Thesis Pathway

Clinical Research Thesis Pathway was designed to prepare a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia, government, and industry.

Eligibility for Thesis Pathway

The prerequisites for consideration for admission are an advanced degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, or allied sciences, along with postgraduate training in health care provision or similar clinical applications of the applicant's basic discipline. Individuals with other scientific or medical backgrounds are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Selected individuals will show a strong commitment to a career in clinical investigation, proven academic excellence, intellectual and clinical performance during training years, and letters of recommendation.

Clinical Research Capstone Pathway

Clinical Research Capstone/Internship/Practicum Pathway was created for individuals who may not be playing the role of principal investigator on a clinical research study, but who:

  • Desire strong preparation in clinical research methods and associated statistical approaches

  • Envision themselves playing a critical role on the clinical research team as a research assistant, study coordinator, or data manager

Eligibility for Capstone Pathway

The Capstone pathway prerequisites for consideration for admission a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in a science or health-related field. Individuals with another baccalaureate will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What is the benefit of having a MS in Clinical Research?

If you have a desire to pursue clinical research as part of your career, the coursework in the MS in Clinical Research program prepares you to be more effective, efficient and ethical with your research and your collaborations. For the Thesis students, the program also will prepare you, as a clinical investigator, for leadership roles in academia, government and industry. The Capstone pathway will give you the skill set needed to begin or propel your career in clinical research or prepare you for medical school.

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