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

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no campus visits are required
  • Both degrees are conferred sequentially
  • Transfer up to 60 total credits from a regionally accredited institution into the undergraduate portion of the program
  • Nine credits of the MSHS in Clinical Research Administration are completed in the undergraduate portion of the program and charged at the undergraduate per credit cost

Dual Degree: Online BSHS and MSHS in Clinical Research Administration Program Overview

Accelerate your career with The George Washington University's dual-degree Clinical Research Administration program. Combine the work of earning your BSHS and MSHS and save time on your path to a career in health care. With the skills you'll gain in this online clinical research administration program, you'll be ready to participate in clinical trial conduct that protects patients through addressing ethical and legal considerations in product development and contribute to innovative medical research. 

You'll learn to: 

  • Apply research design principles to meet clinical research and business requirements 
  • Lead or be a productive member of interdisciplinary teams to ensure research success and patient safety 
  • Design procedures to address ethical and cultural considerations for effective and compliant clinical trial conduct 
  • Understand clinical, regulatory, and business dimensions of planning a successful clinical trial

Who is the Ideal Student for This Program?

This program is designed for anyone interested in joining the thriving clinical trials industry or a seasoned professional who wants to move up the career ladder. If you're interested in helping advance understanding of new medications, products, and therapeutic treatments, this program could be for you. To succeed, you should be self-disciplined, self-directed and ready to collaborate with faculty and diverse, fellow learners in online formats. Students complete 60 credits for the BSHS program and 9 of the 60 credits will apply to the MSHS program as electives. These 9 credits are charged at undergraduate tuition rate and allow students to complete approximately 25% of MSHS program while earning the BSHS.

Clinical Research Administration Career Outlook

With an advanced degree in clinical research administration, you'll be prepared for a number of roles within the health care industry:

  • Drug Safety Manager, median salary $102,7981 
  • Senior Medical Writer, median salary $93,1582 
  • Clinical Data Manager, median salary $73,2553 
  • Senior Clinical Research Associate, median salary $98,446

1. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Drug_Safety_Manager/Salary

2. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Medical_Writer/Salary

3. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Clinical_Data_Manager/Salary

4. https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Clinical_Research_Associate_(CRA)/Salary

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 3.3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  2. Completed coursework

    Students must have earned 45 – 60 transferable college-level coursework or an Associate’s degree. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. military coursework, credit-by-exam, EMT or RN License, and non-college based health programs). Completed course work should include 3 credits in English Composition, 4 credits Physical or Natural Science (including a lab), 6 credits Social Sciences, 3 credits Humanities.

  3. A written personal statement

    Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, and 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.

  4. Completed Application
  5. Resume/CV
  6. 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.
  7. Two Letters of Recommendation
  8. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members Verification of high school graduation or completion of GED unless already have an earned associate’s degree or higher.
  9. 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 68 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.
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 Dual Degree BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Regulatory Affairs at GW consists of 87 total credit hours. The per credit hour costs for undergraduate and graduate courses taken for the BSHS degree is $635 per credit hour. The per credit hour costs for graduate courses taken for the MSHS degree is $1,040 per credit hour.

This multi-level online dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Research Administration and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical Research Administration (CRA). Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred sequentially, with the BSHS awarded upon completion of 120 credits (nine of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 27 credits (9 courses) of graduate coursework including one elective course.

*Course is taken as an undergraduate and applied to both the BSHS and MSHS curriculum. 

**Courses to be completed in the MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program. 

  • CRA 2101Basics of Clinical Research3 Credits

    The student explores the different phases of drug and device development and introduces basic concepts such as benefit-risk assessment, the different stakeholders, protocol, informed consent, clinical oversight, institutional review board, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), investigational clinical supplies, data management activities, safety reporting, and monitoring.

  • CRA 2102Processes of Clinical Research3 Credits
  • CRA 2103Good Clinical Practices3 Credits

    The student analyzes the rationale and goals of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and applies key principles within the context of case studies.

  • CRA 2104The Business of Clinical Research3 Credits

    The student compares and contrasts the business priorities of sponsors, sites and third party vendors, such as contract research organizations (CROs); the student also examines the business considerations in preparing clinical trial budgets including outsourcing and potential trial delays.

  • CRA 2105Capstone in Clinical Research Administration3 Credits

    In this capstone course, students analyze business, ethical, cultural and practical aspects of clinical trial conduct; explore trends and technologies driving efficiencies in clinical trial performance and demonstrate how ethical and regulatory principles and trial management practices align to ensure quality and compliant clinical research conduct.

  • CRA 2107Monitoring Clinical Trials3 Credits

    The student analyzes and evaluates the basic principles and processes involved in the monitoring of clinical trials, as well as the required documentation such as monitoring visit reports; the student also examines the role of key participants with emphasis on the clinical research associate.

  • CRA 6201Critical Analysis in Clinical Research*3 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 Development**3 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 Subjects**3 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 Industry**3 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 Administration**3 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 2102Pathophysiology3 Credits
  • HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System3 Credits

    Incorporates economic theory and policy analysis methodology to analyze the impact of changes in the health care system on the practice of health sciences professionals and the quality and process of health care. Development of critical thinking skills through review of current medical literature.

  • HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics3 Credits

    Basic issues, approaches, and requirements of ethically acceptable decision making with patients, including patient confidentiality, conflicts of interest, allocation of scarce resources, occupational risks in health care, and professional responsibility for overall quality of care.

  • HSCI 2107Health Care in Literature3 Credits

    Literature, as well as TV and film, has shaped the public’s attitude toward health care for as long as storytelling and health care have coexisted. In the last hundred years, health care related discoveries have proliferated, benefiting from innovative research, while society remains plagued by many of the same problems such as the treatment of family violence, the extreme stigma of certain illnesses, or disparities in access and quality of health care. By studying literature, medical journals, as well as some visual media that have engaged with these and other health care issues, students will acquire a better understanding of how cultural attitudes toward health care are created, altered and reinforced. Through assignments students will explore how literature forms or expresses society’s opinions on controversial health care issues, and what these opinions mean for practitioners and patients.

  • HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences3 Credits

    Introduction to the health sciences literature. Emphasis is on construction, evaluation and organization of written communication of health sciences information.

  • HSCI 2113Informatics in the Health Sciences3 Credits
  • HSCI 2117Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences3 Credits

    Foundational concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability, sampling distribution, estimation, correlation, t-Test, simple linear regression, and chi-square. Application of statistical concepts and methods within the health sciences.

  • HSCI 4103Health Care Law and Regulation3 Credits

    This is an upper division course intended to introduce students to the legal structures, rules, and mechanisms important to health care professionals, executives and organizations. Students analyze a range of legal standards related to medical malpractice and liability, fraud and abuse, and health care compliance. Since this is a health sciences course, trends in genetics, pharmacy law, and laboratory law will be discussed. In addition, students will become familiar with key legal terms, documents, and sources of law; the tools of communication and governance that shape health care arrangements and practices.

  • HSCI 4105Case Studies in Health Care3 Credits

    The goal of the course is to equip learners to examine issues in health care and develop multi-dimensional approaches and solutions.

  • HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology3 Credits

    An introduction to epidemiological methods and their applications in the prevention and control of illness, community and clinical interventions, and health services.

  • HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing for Health Sciences3 Credits

    In this course, one of the key objectives is to work with you on your critical thinking, analytical, and integrative skills as a future graduate of the George Washington University.

  • HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership*3 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 Systems*3 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 Enterprise**3 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 in Clinical and Translational Research**3 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 in Clinical and Translational Research**3 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.

  • CRA 6208International Clinical Research**3 Credits
  • CRA 6211Monitoring, Auditing and Oversight in Clinical Research**3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

The Dual Degree BSHS in Clinical Research Administration/MSHS in Clinical Research Administration at GW consists of 87 total credit hours. The per credit hour costs for undergraduate and graduate courses taken for the BSHS degree is $635 per credit hour. The per credit hour costs for graduate courses taken for the MSHS degree is $1,040 per credit hour.

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