- 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
A Scholarship Opportunity is Currently Available!
Receive a $500 scholarship when you take the next step in your career and begin your online degree program in January 2020. Submit your application by 12/6/19 to qualify. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more today.*
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
*Disclaimer: To qualify, a student must submit a completed application within the priority application deadline, meet current application requirements and begin the first course of the online program in January 2020. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will not be considered. The $500 scholarship will be divided between the first and fifth courses. Limits apply. Speak to an admissions advisor for complete details.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Previous work experience
Healthcare experience preferred
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.)
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.
2 Letters of Recommendation
Official transcripts from every college and university attended
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.
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.
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”.
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.).
Overview and analysis of the translational research principles and practice through the application of basic, clinical, community health and health services research concepts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, studying and improving the health of populations applied to applications for translational research.
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.
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.