ASU's Master of Science in clinical research management advances your nursing and health care career, providing skills for a career in the diverse and complex field of clinical research management. 

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
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What is clinical research management?

Clinical research management is a growing field of qualified professionals who direct and conduct clinical trials for new medical products. The ASU Online master of Science degree in clinical research management prepares students for careers in clinical research organizations, research sites, regulatory agencies, academic research centers, medical center research programs.

Become a clinical research manager

With the role of clinical research managers (CRM) rapidly expanding, the Master’s degree in Clinical Research program takes a transdisciplinary approach in providing an education strong in commercial and fiscal practices of conducting clinical research. This graduate program also investigates the ethical and regulatory aspects of research and overall management of clinical trials. In this master’s program, you will apply course materials and knowledge gained to address common situations in the research field. Course are designed to build and support future leaders in the research industry. This program is geared for professionals currently working in the field of clinical research or have previous experience and want to return to clinical research. This may include research coordinators, research managers, IRB staff, research nurses, investigators, other research related professionals.

Get started in clinical research

The 33-credit online MS in Clinical Research Management program is designed to be flexible and conducive to the adult learner; part-time study is available. Looking for a way to ease into the program? The ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers an optional two-day orientation. Gain clinical management experience at the end of the program by completing the required six semester-hour capstone clinical research project.

ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation Achievements:

  • According to U.S. News & World Report, the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation ranks in the top 11% nationally for its Master's programs.
  • The partnership between ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Mayo Clinic received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award in 2015.
  • ASU BSN graduates surpass the national average of 82% on the NCLEX first time pass rate at 92%.


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

Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Science in Clinical Research Management have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

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

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree that includes courses with content in anatomy and physiology and medical terminology or if they have earned a bachelor's degree in any field and provide evidence of successful completion of additional courses in anatomy and physiology and medical terminology.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Resume or curriculum vitae
  4. Three online references
  5. Proof of English language proficiency
  6. Proof of six months experience in clinical research

Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The applicant's resume or curriculum vitae must show six months of full-time, related clinical research work or internship experience. The applicant may be required to submit employer job description or internship transcript.

The online references should be from colleagues, supervisors or other professional contacts and should attest to the applicant's academic and leadership experiences.

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