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

Program Highlights:

  • 100% online, no residency required; complete your degree in 24 months  
  • This program requires 36 credits to complete and 9 credit hours are offered as electives 
  • Up to 6 credits of graduate-level coursework may be transferred into this program 
  • Collaborate with researchers, patients, and clinicians to provide cutting-edge health care solutions 

MSHS Clinical & Translational Research

The George Washington University's (GW) online MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research teaches across disciplines and explores biomedical science, clinical administration, community health and health policy. In 36 credit hours, you'll learn to develop best practices to bring the latest findings in medical science to the patients who need them most. 

Students in the MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research program will complete 36 credit hours and will learn to:

  • Develop a broad foundation and understanding of the philosophies and practices of clinical and translational research in human health. 
  • Lead and collaborate with other scientists, clinicians, investigators on translational research teams. 
  • Develop strategies for health care improvement initiatives. 
  • Evaluate clinical research processes and standards for protecting human subjects. 
  • Develop translational research proposals in collaboration with professionals from other disciplines. 

Who is the Ideal Student for this Program?

The online MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research is ideal for students looking to build their collaborative team-based and leadership qualities and to gain experience working remotely with teams, simulating actual translational research activities in a global environment.

As a leader in providing distance education programs for professional in a number of disciplines, we capitalize on this strength and deliver the core courses with the program through our state-of the art distance education platform.

Clinical and Translational Research Career Outlook

Graduates can enjoy rewarding careers with employers across a wide range of health care and research organizations, including job titles such as:

  • Clinical Research Specialist 
  • Translational Research Coordinator 
  • Natural Sciences Manager 
  • Medical and Health Services Manager

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Healthcare experience preferred

  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. 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
  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 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 online MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research requires successful completion of 36 credit hours including nine credit hours of Elective Courses, selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses.

  • CTS 6201Critical Analysis of 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”.

  • CTS 6205 Clinical Investigation3 Credits

    Analysis and evaluation of study design strategies and current practices for major therapeutic areas of clinical research (e.g., vaccine development, cardiovascular disease, anti-infectives, CNS, etc.).

  • CTS 6246Clinical and Translational Research Capstone Project3 Credits
  • CTS 6261 Foundations in Translational Research3 Credits

    Overview and analysis of the translational research principles and practice through the application of basic, clinical, community health and health services research concepts.

  • CTS 6265 Grantsmanship in Translational Research3 Credits

    Writing grant proposals to fund clinical research, with an emphasis on translational research proposals. Emphasis is on persuasive communication, conceptually based hypotheses and research methods and the grant application process, including communicating.

  • CTS 6273 Bioinformatics for Genomics3 Credits

    The bioinformatics tools for different analytical situations. Strengths and limitations of the most common bioinformatics strategies. Principally limited to analysis of genomic data, the course is planned to enable students to generalize the acquired knowledge and its underlying principles and techniques to other types of ‘big data’ applications for the purpose of interpretation of results.

  • CTS 6275 Transdisciplinary Research Proposal3 Credits

    The integration of competencies acquired throughout the program. The development and submission of a transdisciplinary research proposal that responds to a Call for Proposals from an external sponsor, such as the National Institutes of Health.

  • CTS 6285 Collaborative and Team Science 3 Credits

    Approaching health, technology, social, and environmental problems with cross-disciplinary engagement and collaboration. Foundational and practical principles and their impact on collaborative and team science engagements. Restricted to PhD candidates in translational health sciences; permission of the instructor may be substituted.

  • HSCI 6263 Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and ch.

  • HSCI 6264 Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research3 Credits

    Basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, studying and improving the health of populations applied to applications for translational research.

  • Elective6 Credits

    Elective courses (6 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.

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: $1,315
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3,945

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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