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Clinical Research Administration

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

School of Nursing

Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.), Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

Clinical research administration is a vast and expanding field that involves the processes in which products—drugs, devices, biologicals—and treatment protocols are developed for patient care. Both the master’s degree and graduate certificate programs prepare health sciences professionals to participate in the science and business of the development process. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on regulatory requirements, ethical issues, processes for product development, the business of clinical research and scientific method processes. The distance education format, offered online, provides a convenient option for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue the program and prepare for professional advancement while maintaining their work and other commitments.

Master’s Degrees

Professionals with a bachelor’s degree and relevant clinical research or health science experience may apply for the Master of Science in Health Sciences program in Clinical Research Administration.

GW also offers a master’s degree in Clinical Research Administration for nurses, specifically tailored for the profession.

A multi-level dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.H.S.) in clinical research administration and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.) in Clinical Research Administration.

Graduate Certificate

A Clinical Research Administration Certificate program is also available. The certificate requires 18 semester hours in clinical research administration course work. Those credits are transferable to the M.S.H.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines:

M.S.H.S & Graduate Certificate:

  • Fall - July 15
  • Spring - November 1
  • Summer - April 15

M.S.N:

  • Fall - March 1
  • Spring - November 15

The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.

Standardized Test Scores:

Not required

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior Academic Records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided in addition to the original transcripts; translations alone will not be accepted.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here

Statement of Purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, describe your reasons for undertaking study in the Health Sciences at The George Washington University. You should state your academic objectives, career plans, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

International Applicants:

Master of Science in Health Science applicants ONLY: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, 250 on computer-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 68

Supporting Documents not Submitted Online should be Mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for Questions:
hsphora@gwu.edu ~ (202) 994-8528
202-994-0870 (fax)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday