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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

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    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 609S Innovative Product Development3.0
    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 555S Compliance & Monitoring Issues3.0
    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 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

    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 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 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 2016-2017 is $1066 per credit.

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • 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

    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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