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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

    For questions, please contact

    Sara Perkel
    Director of Graduate Programs in Clinical Research

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    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 Wriring 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 511S
    The History of Misconduct in Biomedical Research 
    CR 512S
    Fundamentals of Academic Research Administration 
    CR 515S
    Intro to Clinical Trials 
    CR 520S
    Applications of Clinical Research Biostatistics 
    CR 525S
    Scientific Wriring and Medical Literature 
    CR 535S
    Current Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research 
    CR 545S
    Pharmaceutical Law 
    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
    Pharmacotherapy in New Drug R&D 
    CR 616S
    Intro to Therapeutic Products 
    CR 617S
    Informatics in Pharm Res & Development 
    CR 620S
    CR 625S
    Health Policy and Economics 
    CR T980S
    Special Topics in Clinical Research 
    Research/Journal-Type Paper (min 21.0 credits) 
    Minimum of 9 hours research/week for 3 credits per semester* 
    CRHP 501SResearch Health Professions I3.0
    CRHP 502SResearch Health Professions II3.0
    CRHP 503SResearch Health Professions III3.0
    CRHP 504SResearch Health Professions IV3.0
    CRHP 505SResearch Health Professions V3.0
    CRHP 506SResearch Health Professions VI3.0
    CRHP 507SResearch Health Professions VII3.0
    Total Credits36.0

    *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.

    View Course Descriptions

    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 2016-2017 is $1066 per credit.

    (15 core and elective credits at $1,066/credit, plus 21 research credits at $100/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

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2016     

    August 8, 2016

    December 9, 2016

    Spring 2017 

    January 3, 2017

    May 5, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    May 8, 2017

    July 21, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 

    Fall 2017     

    August 7, 2017

    December 8, 2017

    Spring 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    May 14, 2018

    July 27, 2018

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