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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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2 years

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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 Program Director

Joan Butler, EdD

Dr. Joan Butler has over 30 years’ experience in drug development and has held executive, project management, regulatory, and clinical research positions within the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Butler was chosen as the industry project manager representative loaned to FDA’s Office of the Commissioner to aid the implementation of the “team based managed review process” within the Centers for Drugs and Biologics for PDUFA implementation for which she received special recognition. 

Dr. Butler started at GW in health sciences in 2008 and assumed the program director role for all Clinical Research Administration academic programs. As of 2017, Dr. Butler directs the graduate CRA program, in which she teaches and is responsible for the faculty, curriculum, and administration. 

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