Master of Clinical Research

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The Master of Clinical Research (MCR) program is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program offered entirely online.

The clinical research industry relies on professionals that are specially trained to navigate the complex world of medical product development and clinical research to ensure safe and effective evidence-based diagnostics, drugs, biologics and devices for the publics’ health.

May 31, 2023

Master of Clinical Research degree program awarded prestigious accreditation

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The 100 percent online MCR program prepares students to excel as administrators, regulatory specialists and other professional roles on clinical research teams. Graduates are prepared for rewarding careers as clinical research coordinators and managers, clinical research associates (monitors), project and data managers, clinical research trainers, regulatory compliance officers, institutional review board specialists, research quality analysts and many other positions in the clinical research enterprise.

The program offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, covering the theory and practice of research methods and statistics, the ethics of human subjects research, the science of pharmacology and medical product regulation, and the business of research operations and management. Coursework is taught by the College of Nursing and Pharmacy. This program is open to applicants with any undergraduate degree.

The program concludes with a culminating project where students have an opportunity to apply best practices in clinical research operations or administration.

Two interdisciplinary specializations are offered:

  1. Clinical Research Management
  2. Regulatory Affairs

Students who graduate from the MCR program are eligible to sit for ACRP and SoCRA basic certifications with one-year post graduation clinical research experience, and for higher level ACRP and RAPS certifications after a requisite time period working in the field. For more information on certification opportunities, please visit:

As a member of the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research, the MCR graduate degree is designed as a competency-based program. The program’s core curriculum aligns with the Joint Task Force for Clinical Trial Competency and CoAPCR accreditation standards.

Core Competencies
  • Scientific Concepts and Research Design
  • Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations
  • Investigational Product Development and Regulation
  • Clinical Study Operations (Good Clinical Practice)
  • Study and Site Management
  • Data Management and Informatics
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Communications and Teamwork

The Ohio State University is authorized to offer MCR in all 50 U.S. states and territories (limited authorization in Colorado at present). For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit

If you are looking for information on the interdisciplinary online MS in Translational Pharmacology graduate program in clinical and safety pharmacology and toxicology, please visit the College of Pharmacy website.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester:
    Opens: March 1
    Deadline: July 31
  • Summer semester:
    Opens: August 1
    Deadline: November 30
  • Autumn semester:
    Opens: December 1
    Deadline: March 1

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Message from the Director

We provide students with the knowledge and real-world, hands-on skillsets that enable success in clinical research careers. When you join our program, you'll become part of a collaborative and supportive community led by devoted faculty, staff and students. In addition, the flexibility of the program allows it to be accessible to most working professionals. The MCR program admits students three times per year. As working professionals, the majority of students (82%) graduate in one to two years through our full-time or part-time options. Our students have contributed to improvements in the clinical research enterprise.

We are pleased to announce that in May 2023 our program became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). It was the second graduate program to achieve this recognition.





The Clinical Research program at The Ohio State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CAAPCR). 


Emily Rice
Emily Rice, graduate

“I learned how to interact with patients from an ethics and safety perspective, as well as how to make sure that research is compliant with domestic and international regulations. You can learn a lot while working in the field, but you won’t learn it to the extent that the MCR program will teach you.”