Clinical Research Management, MS

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Graduating with an MS in clinical research management will qualify you to fill specialized positions in clinical research operations. Your potential employers include medical drug, device and product developers; governmental regulatory agencies; health care institutions; organizations conducting clinical research; academic medical institutions; and national and international contract research organizations.

This program prepares students to lead complex global clinical research operations in multiple types of employer settings in the rapidly growing clinical research industry.

The MS program in clinical research management offers a transdisciplinary approach to education in the fiscal practices of conducting clinical research, the ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research and the overall operational management of clinical drug, biological and medical device trials. The program is designed to be flexible, making it convenient for the adult learner.

Program Offered

Clinical Research Management, MS

Offered by
College of Nursing and Health Innovation


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Deadline

The following dates are for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Fall A8/1/198/08/198/22/19
Fall B9/19/199/26/1910/16/19
Spring A12/15/1812/22/181/7/19
Spring B2/18/192/25/193/11/19
Summer C4/29/195/6/195/20/19

Applications are prioritized by student qualifications and date of application with early applications receiving higher priority. Admission for each semester will be limited to 30 students.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (15 credit hours)
HCR 551 Clinical Research Monitoring (3)
HCR 561 Responsible Conduct of Clinical Research (3)
HCR 563 Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs (3)
HCR 565 Clinical Research Operations (3)
HCR 574 Scientific and Research Review Boards (3)

Restricted Electives (15)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
HCR 566 Capstone Clinical Research Management Project II (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for the list restricted electives.


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) voted unanimously to fully accredit the Arizona State University Clinical Research Management Programs.  CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the US and internationally. For further information on the Accreditation process and CAAPCR, please review the website

Features and Benefits

The Clinical Research Management degree program offers a trans-disciplinary approach to education in the fiscal practices of conducting clinical research, the ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research, and the overall operational management of clinical drug, biological, and medical device trials. Students accepted into this program will learn:

  • Clinical research study designs involved in the development of new drugs, medical devices, biologics, vaccines, and other medical related consumer products;
  • Clinical research project and data management;
  • Trends in global clinical trial operations;
  • Regulatory requirements for healthcare-regulated product development;
  • Clinical research process improvement techniques;
  • International, federal, state, and local regulations guiding clinical research;
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and conduct of ethical research; and
  • Fiscal aspects of the clinical trial global industry.

Transferring Credits?

Students taking the Clinical Research Management Certificate may transfer up to 9 credit hours into the degree program if they are admitted to the MS degree before completing the 9th credit. Students who have already completed the Clinical Research Management Certificate may be eligible to transfer 9 credits from the certificate program to the degree program. These students must complete an additional 3-credit capstone project and 3 additional elective credits, as well as courses specific to the MS degree.

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