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  • MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management


    The 36 semester credit (12 course) online Master’s in Clinical Research Organization and Management is a non-thesis, accredited, graduate degree program offered by Drexel’s nationally-ranked College of Medicine. It's tailored for experienced research professionals seeking credentials and clinical management skills.

    The biomedical, pharmaceutical, defense, medical device, and diagnostic industries need highly-trained professionals capable of administering a broad range of research projects. Drexel’s MS in Clinical Research Organization and Management provides you with an advanced skill set to manage the conduct of clinical investigations, while introducing participants to relevant business, legal and ethical issues.

    You'll work with your advisor to customize a course plan to meet your career goals. Graduates of the program receive the very same accredited Drexel diploma as on-campus students.

    Key Program Features

    • Courses are led by distinguished researchers, administrators, lawyers and scientists with extensive experience in clinical research
    • Well-rounded, accredited curriculum combines five tracks of study:
      • New Product Research
      • Regulatory Compliance and Law
      • Biostatistics and Data Management
      • Clinical Research Management Safety and Surveillance
      • Business and Strategic Planning of New Product Development
    • Flexible course plans catered to students’ career goals
    • Management training covers fundamental organizational and administrative skills for high-level professionals
    • No thesis or residency requirement
    • Interactive online platform challenges and engages students in a simple, easy-to-use format that caters to active clinical researchers

    For questions, please contact

    Sara Perkel
    Director of Graduate Programs in Clinical Research


    The Master of Science in Clinical Research Organization and Management program consists of 12 courses (36 credits.) Any courses offered by the Clinical Research Organization Management program may be applied to fulfill the requirements of this major. No master's thesis is required.

    The program is organized into five areas of study devoted to clinical research and related administrative and regulatory issues. You may take courses within your preferred area of study, a cross-section of courses within other areas of study, or any other Clinical Research (CR) courses being offered.

    New Product Research and Development 
    CR 513S Pharmaceutical R&D: Business Process and Information Flow3.0
    CR 514S World Wide Regulatory Submissions3.0
    CR 515S Intro to Clinical Trials3.0
    CR 620S Biotech/Research3.0
    Regulatory Compliance, Ethics and Law 
    CR 505S Ethical Issues in Research3.0
    CR 511S The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research3.0
    CR 535S Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research3.0
    CR 565S Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection3.0
    CR 633S Quaility Assurance Audits3.0
    CR 612S Fundamentals of Compliance3.0
    CR 545S Pharmaceutical Law3.0
    Biostatistics and Data Management 
    CR 500S Epidemiology3.0
    CR 520S Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics3.0
    CR 560S Special Topics3.0
    CR 600S Designing the Clinical Trial3.0
    Clinical Research Management and Safety Surveillance 
    CR 512S Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration3.0
    CR 525S Scientific Wriring and Medical Literature3.0
    CR 625S Health Policy and Economics3.0
    New Therapeutic Product Business and Strategic Planning 
    CR 530S Tech Transfer3.0
    CR 635S Strategic Planning3.0
    CR 550S Leadership Skills3.0
    Additional Clinical Research Courses 
    CR 501S Emerging Trends in Medical Device History3.0
    CR 510S Sponsored Projects Finance3.0
    CR 570S Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance3.0
    CR 614S Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D3.0
    CR 616S Intro to Therapeutic Products3.0
    CR 620S Biotech/Research3.0
    CR 630S Trans Research3.0
    CR 999S Special Topics1.0-3.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)
    • At least two years of relevant professional experience

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
      • One from your immediate supervisor and one from another qualified individual (not a peer) who can comment on your ability to succeed in the program
    • Essay on past successes, goals and objectives for seeking the degree
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    A telephone interview may be required as part of the admission process


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1035 per credit.

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2015     

    August 10, 2015

    December 11, 2015

    Spring 2016 

    January 4, 2016

    May 6, 2016

    Summer 2016 

    May 9, 2016

    July 22, 2016

    Apply today for a MS in Clinical Research Organization & Management

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