Online Master of Science in Clinical Research Management

Advance your nursing and health care career by earning a Master of Science in clinical research management degree online. In this master’s in clinical research program, you’ll develop the skills necessary to supervise and analyze clinical trials and research.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 03/13/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 11

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 33

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What is clinical research management?

Clinical research management is a new, growing field of medical professionals who direct and conduct clinical research and trials for new medical products. Clinical research management also incorporates the supervision of clinical trial operations and staff, and may include duties such as:

  • Delivering staff trainings.
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures. 
  • Hiring and evaluating employees.
  • Leading operations management.
  • Overseeing budgets and contracts.
 

Clinical research managers work with sponsors, institutional review boards and vendors involved in conducting clinical trials.

How to become a clinical research manager


The demand for clinical research managers is on the rise. This master’s in clinical research offers a transdisciplinary education in the commercial and fiscal practices of conducting clinical research, preparing you for these roles. In this graduate program, you’ll also investigate the ethical and regulatory aspects of research and overall management of clinical drug, biological and medical device trials.

This clinical research management graduate degree is the first program of its kind to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the U.S. and internationally.

Are clinical research project managers and clinical research managers the same thing?


Yes. A clinical research project manager is also known as a clinical research manager or a clinical trial manager. Clinical research project managers act as liaisons between the clinical research team and the sponsors of the study, such as a pharmaceutical company or governmental agency. They oversee the entire clinical research project and team from start to finish, including all phases of research.

Does my master's in clinical research say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Clinical research management classes

In the master’s in clinical research program, you’re encouraged to innovate and develop entrepreneurial skills to lead clinical research endeavors. In addition to taking six core courses, you’re required to complete four approved electives and a clinical research management project. Courses include:


Core

Clinical Research Data Management and Technology Implementation


Core

Clinical Research Monitoring


Core

Clinical Research Operations


Core

Fundamentals of Regulatory Affairs


Core

Responsible Conduct of Clinical Research


Core

Scientific and Research Review Boards


Elective

Clinical Research Design and Methods


Elective

Drug Discovery, Development and Regulations


What can I do with a degree in clinical research management?

The master’s in clinical research degree prepares you for careers in governmental and regulatory agencies, health care institutions, academic institutions and national or international research organizations. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Clinical data manager

Clinical research associate

Clinical research coordinator

Clinical trial director

Clinical trial program manager

Learn clinical research management from professionals in the field

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards. 
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving. 
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Learn clinical research management from professionals in the field

The Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is the home to world-renowned faculty members.

  • Countless national faculty nursing awards. 
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar. 
  • Rosalynn Carter National Leadership Award in Caregiving. 
  • Ruth B. Freeman Award from the American Public Health Association.

Admission requirements for the clinical research management program

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Eligibility

Application requirements

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Join an innovative leader in nursing and health

ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation provides a first-class education to students across a wide range of health disciplines. The college distinguishes itself through high-quality instructors and challenging courses and programs.

10+


undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs online.

250+


faculty members.

$13.2


million in research awards.

4,000+


students.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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