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  • MS in Clinical Research for Health Professionals

    The 36 semester credit (12 course) accredited online Master’s in Clinical Research for Health Professionals (CRHP) is a non-thesis graduate degree program offered by Drexel’s nationally-ranked College of Medicine. It is tailored for residents, fellows, and clinicians seeking knowledge in the conduct of translational and pharmaceutical research. The degree often acts as an advanced preparation for independent investigators and other practicing researchers familiar with the industry, while developing their clinical careers.

    The CRHP curriculum prepares graduates with an extensive study and understanding of the scientific, ethical, and regulatory aspects of clinical research. CRHP students earn additional real-world clinical experience through a comprehensive mentored research project. Graduates of the program receive the very same accredited Drexel diploma as on-campus students.

    Drexel's online MS in Clinical Research for Health Professions is also suitable for other clinical health professionals such as nurses (with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required,) audiologists, and other clinical health professionals.

    Key Program Features

    • Curriculum combines quantitative principles with an understanding of research processes and administration
    • Courses are led by researchers, administrators, lawyers and scientists working in clinical research
    • Students apply coursework principles to an individual research experience at their institution under the guidance of a local mentor
    • An accredited program with no thesis or residency requirement
    • Interactive online platform challenges and engages students in a simple, easy-to-use format that caters to active professionals

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    For questions, please contact

    Dr. Richard Mangano
    Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research Organization and Management

    Patricia Cashin
    Academic Administrator

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Select three of the following: 9.0
    CR 500S
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials  
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics  
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature  
    CR 612S
    Fundamentals of Compliance  
    CR 545S
    Pharmaceutical Law  
    Select two of the following: 6.0
    CR 500S
    CR 501S
    Emerging Trends in Medical Device History  
    CR 505S
    Ethical Issues in Research  
    CR 508S
    Medical Device Combination Product Regulation  
    CR 511S
    The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research  
    CR 512S
    Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration  
    CR 513S
    Business Processes and Contemporary Concerns in Pharmaceutical R & D  
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials  
    CR 518S
    Clinical Trial Budgeting  
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics  
    CR 523S
    Current Issues in Review Boards  
    CR 525S
    Scientific Writing and Medical Literature  
    CR 527S
    Clinical Data Management  
    CR 535S
    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research  
    CR 536S
    Clinical Project Management  
    CR 541S
    Patient Recruitment and Informed consent  
    CR 545S
    Pharmaceutical Law  
    CR 546S
    Clinical Outsourcing  
    CR 551S
    International Regulatory Affairs  
    CR 565S
    Contemporary Issues in Human Research Protection  
    CR 570S
    Principles and Practice of Pharmacovigilance  
    CR 600S
    Designing the Clinical Trial  
    CR 609S
    Innovative Product Development  
    CR 612S
    Fundamentals of Compliance  
    CR 614S
    Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology  
    CR 616S
    Intro to Therapeutic Products  
    CR 617S
    Informatics in Pharm Res & Development  
    CR 620S
    CR 625S
    Health Policy and Economics  
    CR 631S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics II  
    CR T980S
    Special Topics in Clinical Research  
    Research/Journal Paper (min 21.0 credits)  
    Conduct a minimum of 9 hours research/week for 3 credits per semester *  
    CRHP 501S Research Health Professions I 3.0
    CRHP 502S Research Health Professions II 3.0
    CRHP 503S Research Health Professions III 3.0
    CRHP 504S Research Health Professions IV 3.0
    CRHP 505S Research Health Professions V 3.0
    CRHP 506S Research Health Professions VI 3.0
    CRHP 507S Research Health Professions VII 3.0
    Total Credits 36.0


    *Research may include a broad spectrum of clinical studies such as: retrospective studies; bench-top studies in conjunction or not with pharmaceutical companies; development of new clinical methodologies/ techniques; or, development/evaluation of new clinical devices.

    Research mentors must be established researchers with a doctoral degree. A curriculum vitae of the proposed research mentor must be submitted with your application. The appropriateness of the mentor will be evaluated by an Ad Hoc committee whose members come from both the Office of Professional Studies and the Drexel University College of Medicine faculty.

    You must submit a 7-10 page journal-format paper at the end of each semester documenting your research and demonstrating that each successive semester’s work builds upon your prior work. Contact the program director for additional requirements.

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A 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 Completing Your Application 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 this degree
    • Resume
    • CRHP Research Request Form [PDF]
      • In addition to this form, you must supply a description of the research project you are proposing, the objectives of the project, your hypothesis, an outline of your planned activities, your research mentor's curriculum vitae and one letter of evaluation from your research mentor. Research mentors must be established researchers with a doctoral degree.
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    A telephone interview may be required.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2018-2019 is $1131 per credit.

    (15 core and elective credits at $1,131/credit, plus 21 research credits at $100/credit for the academic year 2018-19)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2018

    August 20, 2018

    December 14, 2018

    Spring 2019

    January 7, 2019

    May 3, 2019

    Summer 2019

    May 13, 2019

    July 26, 2019

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