Online Master of Clinical Research

College of Nursing

Develop your expertise in clinical research.

Cultivate your skillset in clinical research through enrollment in the 100% online Master of Clinical Research program. The program's coursework will prepare you with the strategies and experience needed to excel as an effective administrator, regulatory compliance specialist, or research team member in clinical research. All courses are asynchronous and are mapped to the Joint Task Force Framework preparing students for the workforce and certification.

This online clinical research program has been awarded esteemed academic accreditation and offers a multidisciplinary curriculum taught by faculty across the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy. Course offerings include the science and practice of research methods, medical product regulation, research ethics, pharmacology, statistics, project management, and research operations and quality management.  

This is an applied program using experiential learning. You will add real-world course products to demonstrate acquired clinical research competencies in your MCR ePortfolio. As a graduate of this program, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct, manage and regulate clinical trials. Applicants with any undergraduate degree are welcome to apply. Previously, students with degrees in the social sciences, nursing, public health, business, biology, and other health-related disciplines have successfully been admitted to this program. Admission to this program is available each autumn, spring, and summer semester.

Not yet ready for a master’s program? Our online Clinical Research Management certificate may be the right fit. The graduate certificate program can be completed in two semesters, and all courses can be transferred to the master’s degree. 

Campus Requirements: NONE – 100% online.

Class Format: Most courses are offered asynchronously, meaning that you can attend classes on your own time.

Credit Hours Required: 36

Cost Per Credit Hour: $968.27 (includes instructional, general, and program fees). See the full cost breakdown here.

Admission Requirements: Completed bachelor’s degree, a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned relevant to the program of study.  

Time to Completion: Three-six semesters (around 1-3 years)

Larry Martin
Larry Martin
Clinical Research Program Graduate
"I’ve made lasting relationships. I still meet my former classmates to discuss processes, improvements and research that we are conducting."

Program Tracks

Clinical Research Management

This specialization focuses on the management of systems and processes in the conduct of clinical trials to prepare graduates to lead complex national and international clinical research operations. Graduates of this track will have attained the skills to work as Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) or Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) representing the study sponsor or investigation site and to advance their careers as clinical research administrators

Regulatory Affairs

This specialization emphasizes the assurance of the safe and effective medical product development and use throughout the product life cycle through regulatory strategy, oversight and technical writing. Graduates from this track will have the skills to interpret FDA and international agencies' regulations and guide regulatory strategy and operations. Regulatory compliance professionals work in many settings, including government, industry, clinical research organizations and academic institutions. ​​​

Sample Courses


Responsible Conduct of Research (Asynchronous)

Concepts and policies for the responsible conduct of research, Institutional Review Boards, and dissemination of findings.

Fundamentals of Medical Product Development and Regulation Affairs (Asynchronous)

Function of clinical research in medical product development and the regulatory process of new medical products. Laws and regulations concerning the development, testing, commercialization and total product life cycle for medical products. Regulations governing the conduct of clinical research, including study sponsors, investigators and Institutional Review Boards.
Nursing/Pharmacy 7782

Clinical Research Design and Methods (Asynchronous)

Study of research design and methods used in clinical research. Measurement issues, bias and confounding, statistical considerations, evaluation of published clinical research designs, and protocol and proposal development.

Clinical Research Study and Site Management (Asynchronous)

Fundamental principles of clinical research operations from study site selection to study closure from the perspective of sponsors and clinical research sites including an introduction to database design, management, quality assurance and reporting for site and sponsor operations.

Featured Faculty

Mary Raber Johnson
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Master of Clinical Research Program Director
Esther Chipps
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, Clinical Nurse Scientist and Director of Nursing Research, OSU Health System

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