Master’s Degree (Plan A or B )

Adult learning theory and problem-based learning will be used to ensure that graduates develop the skills to become self-directed learners. The five competency domains include research, professionalism/ethics, culturally competent leadership and communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and self-directed learning. Traditional graduate course evaluations will be complemented by outcome evaluation criteria developed by the Curriculum Advisory Committee to determine whether students have met competency requirements.

Competency-Based Curriculum – 33 Credits needed

Didactic Component – 15-19 Credits

Introduction to Clinical Research and Informatics Applications in Research 2
Legal and Regulatory Issues, Bioethics and the Institutional Review Board 2
Applied Biostatistics in Clinical Research 3
Applied Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics 3
Bioanalytical Methods in Clinical Research 2
Clinical Research Protocol Development and Scientific Writing 3
Elective courses 4

Note: One semester credit is equivalent to fifteen contact hours in a semester.

Trainees must earn grades of B or better in all courses for successful completion; courses that do not result in a grade of B or better will not be counted toward the degree. An overall B average must be maintained to continue in the MSCR program.

Research Component – 9-14 credits – equivalent to a one-year research practicum. Requirements for completion are as follows:

  • Approval of a research proposal.
  • Receipt of IRB approval.
  • Completion of a clinical research project.
  • Preparation and presentation of an abstract for an oral or poster presentation at a regional/national scientific forum/meeting/congress.
  • Preparation of a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Completion of a thesis

Seminar Component (5 credits) – Enrollment in a one-credit seminar each semester during the curriculum will be required. Requirements for completion include:

  • Consistent attendance at all meetings.
  • Acceptance of responsibility for all assigned seminar presentations.
  • Satisfactory peer evaluations.
  • Submission of self-evaluation portfolio describing learning outcomes.