• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 years

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required
  • Complete your degree in 24 months  
  • In 2001, GW was the first school to launch a masters in clinical research administration program online 
  • The strategic leadership emphasis of the program is unique among clinical research administration programs
  • Strong national and global alumni network 

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration

The online MSHS in Clinical Research Administration is an applied program grounded in practical skills to prepare you to lead the business and science of clinical research. Offered through the GWs School of Medicine and Health Sciences, one of the country's top research medical schools according to U.S. News & World Report, this flexible online program pairs an industry-specific curriculum with world-renowned faculty so that you can have a long and successful career in clinical research administration.

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate research design principles through assessment of scientific, medical, regulatory and commercial aspects required to formulate a clinical development plan for a new investigational product.
  • Recommend effective leadership practices and management skills for successful interdisciplinary teamwork and project outcomes.
  • Formulate strategies to address ethical and cultural considerations to ensure compliant national and international clinical trial conduct, in relation to key areas such as Good Clinical Practices, subject recruitment and retention, and risk assessment.
  • Integrate the required clinical, regulatory and business aspects in the planning and conduct of a clinical trial.
  • Examine the importance of assuring data integrity in a clinical trial and in preparation of various clinical regulatory documents.

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
The program is ideal for working clinical research professionals, or those in a related field, and expands your knowledge of drug development, clinical trial conduct, monitoring, and the business, ethical and legal perspectives of the clinical research industry.

Career Outlook
Designed to answer the growing need for clinical research jobs, the online MSHS in Clinical Research Administrations real-world approach and focus on strategic leadership makes graduates stand out to prospective employers, and prepares them for some of the highest level (and highest paying) positions within a clinical research organization.

Clinical research director positions have an annual earning potential of $234,002, and clinical data manager positions have the annual earning potential of $120,856. These are just a few of the high-paying and in-demand careers in clinical research that you can pursue with a masters in Clinical Research Administration.

Graduates are prepared to lead health care organizations in the following roles:

  • Clinical Operations Manager/Director
  • Clinical Project Manager/Director
  • Clinical Research Manager/Director
  • Clinical Study Manager/Director
  • Clinical Trial Manager/Director
  • Drug Safety Manager/Director
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Member

Take Your Next Step
To learn more about the online Masters in Clinical Research Administration, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Bachelors Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    At Least 6 months clinical research professional or related experience. Examples of related experience: Public Health-Health Services Research, Investigational Pharmacy, Nutritional Supplement Clinical Study, Preclinical experience in Pharmaceutical Industry, Healthcare Outcomes Research.

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of Purpose (Applicants must include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.)

  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars.
  8. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  9. Official transcripts from every college and university attended
  10. International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 86 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
  11. Interview with the Program Director may be required upon completion of the application.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


The online MSHS in Clinical Research Administration (CRA) requires successful completion of 36 credit hours including three credit hours of Elective Courses, selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.

  • Electives3 Credits

    Elective courses (3 credit hours) drawn from the four domains of basic and biomedical sciences, clinical research and administration, community health research, and health services research and policy. Students will choose their courses in consultation with an academic advisor.

  • CRA 6201Critical Analysis in Clinical Research3 Credits

    Students develop the academic skill sets necessary to succeed in this program in the context of exploring scientific, clinical and regulatory concepts required in medicines development. Students demonstrate their critical analysis skills through literature research, analysis of information from various perspectives, and formulating their own opinions in choosing their ‘defendable positions’, rather than stating the “correct answers”.

  • CRA 6202Medicines Development3 Credits

    This course examines the nonclinical, clinical, commercial, regulatory and risk assessment strategies required to develop a clinical development plan for an approvable, marketable new therapeutic and propose life cycle management strategies.

  • CRA 6203Partnerships with Human Subjects3 Credits

    This course explores regulatory, policy, ethical and practical considerations associated with the engagement, recruitment, retention and interaction with human research subjects.

  • CRA 6204The Clinical Research Industry3 Credits

    The Clinical Research Industry integrates project management principles, decision-making models, cross cultural competency, and interdisciplinary team dynamics to facilitate effective and efficient conduct of clinical trials.

  • CRA 6209Quality and Risk Management3 Credits

    This course explores how to manage risk and safety assessments to ensure quality in clinical research.

  • CRA 6275Leadership and Change in Clinical Research Administration3 Credits

    Students integrate many of the learnings from the CRA program coursework to create a Masters level proposal intended to address a major area of a change, as well as how to implement the change management proposal, within the clinical research industry. Students initially evaluate and develop strategic alternatives through case studies prior to drafting the Master’s proposal.

  • HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership3 Credits

    Students examine leadership/leadership change theories in the healthcare industry setting, as well as management and communications strategies, and values in a systems framework. Students develop their own personal leadership philosophies through the various assignments.

  • HSCI 6240Issues and Trends in Health Systems3 Credits

    Students examine the major themes on healthcare policies, trends, and issues in the major health systems and research enterprise. Students evaluate the larger contemporary issues, trends, policies, and implications that influence and shape current research and health care practices.

  • HSCI 6241The Health Care Enterprise3 Credits

    Students create the essential components of an enterprise strategic business plan. Students develop a mission and vision, strategic initiatives, marketing strategy, and an economic model for sustainability. Through preparing this type of plan, students develop their own strategic planning skill sets for implementing change.

  • HSCI 6263Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Students develop the foundation skills in biostatistics to design and analyze a research study. Students examine topic areas such as populations, sample selection, variables, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis. Students examine output from statistical software (SPSS and SAS), practice problems and reviews of scientific literature through assignments such as a research analysis plan.

  • HSCI 6264Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Students explore the basic concepts of epidemiology which includes various epidemiological study designs used to examine disease frequency, cause-effect relationships between risk factors and disease states, and effects of bias as examples. Students apply epidemiologic concepts in the context of translational research.

Tuition & Fees

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $980
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,940

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
    The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
  • Personalized learning
    Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
  • The prestige of a GW degree
    Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
  • Connect to campus from anywhere
    GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
  • A dedicated advisor from day one
    Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
  • Round-the-clock tech support
    A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.

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