Case Western Reserve University

School of Medicine

Master of Science in Clinical Research Scholars Program



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Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Clinical Research Scholars Program

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Case Western Reserve University's Master's in Clinical Research in the Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) offers a Master's Degree in Clinical Research through two pathways: a Type A (Thesis) and Type B (Capstone/Internship/Practicum). Both pathways are a a flexible two-to four-year Master's programs which provide rigorous didactic education in clinical research methods coupled with either an in-depth mentored investigative thesis (Type A Pathway) or hands-on experience in conducting clinical research through a Capstone Project (Type B Pathway).

CRSP Type A Pathway was designed to prepare a new generation of clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia, government, and industry.

Whereas, CRSP Type B Pathway was created for individuals who may not be playing the role of principal investigator on a clinical research study, but who: (1) desire strong preparation in clinical research methods and associated statistical approaches; and (2) envision themselves playing a critical role on the clinical research team as a research assistant, study coordinator, or data manager. In this regard, the Type B Capstone project's goal is to provide the student with fundamental knowledge and/or experience in important tasks related to the clinical research endeavor.

Training in clinical research and career development provides CRSP Scholars with an educational experience that prepares them to identify a research question and critically evaluate relevant literature; transform the question into a feasible and valid study design; develop and execute the study protocol; and analyze and effectively communicate the findings. The CRSP program consists of three parts: formal didactic modular and semester-long course work; a seminar series that focuses on communication skills required for career development; and an intensive mentored experience centered on a specific clinical research problem (Type A Pathway) or a Capstone Project (Type B Pathway).

It is expected that individuals so trained can master fully the challenges in clinical investigation of the next decade, particularly the new translational opportunities being developed. As such, they should be attractive candidates for positions in clinical science departments, research institutes, or industry.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

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