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MSHS in Clinical Research Administration

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 GW’s 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 accomplished, experienced faculty so that you can have a long and successful career in clinical research administration.

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Quick Facts


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100% online

2 years

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs

Accreditation and Rankings

  • Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • #63 Best National University*

* The U.S. News & World Report – 2022 Rankings

Program Highlights


The online MSHS in Clinical Research Administration (CRA) requires successful completion of 36 credit hours.

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Program Outcomes

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

The program is ideal for working clinical research professionals or those in a related field. It 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 Administration’s 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 average annual salary of $109,7001, and clinical data manager positions have an average annual salary of $77,8942. These are just a few of the high-paying and in-demand careers in clinical research that you can pursue with a master’s in clinical research administration. 

With an online degree in clinical research administration, you’ll be ready to compete for jobs throughout the health care industry:

  • Clinical Research Coordinator, $49,057 median salary3
  • Clinical Research Associate, $63,845 median salary4
  • Clinical Data Manager, $77,8942
  • Clinical Trial Manager, $98,075 median salary5

Admission Requirements

To apply for the MSHS in Clinical Research Administration, you’ll need: 

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Tuition Details

The MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program at GW consists of 36 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.

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

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Meet the Interim Program Director

Kathleen Thoma, EdD, CCRP, CPH

Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Thoma is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. She has over 20 years of experience in clinical research, health services research and educational research. Before coming to the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she was the director of research and a clinical research specialist at the University of Florida Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) where she managed many NIH and industry-sponsored clinical trials during her tenure. Her particular expertise involved working with NIH-sponsored trials through the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) network. She has also held positions as research project manager for the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Network at the American Academy of Pediatrics, director of educational research at Florida State College at Jacksonville, and research project coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Medicine/School of Public Health. She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a cognate in Public Health from the University of North Florida. She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) through the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and holds the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential from the National Board of Public Health Examiners. In addition to clinical research, her interests include HIV/AIDS, health literacy, health disparities, the psycho-social determinants of health and health behavior, and patient-centered outcomes research.

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