MS in Clinical Research

Description

The Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Program provides training in clinical research for health care professionals whose careers in academic medicine would require successful and consistent extramural funding as principal investigators on grants, implement clinical research projects and produce clinical science publications.

International Students
Foreign nationals are urged to submit complete information as early as possible. In addition to other official entrance credentials, applicants whose native language is not English must submit the official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS score). The TOEFL or IELTS score must not be more than two years old. Final consideration cannot be granted to an international application for admission until the official scores are received by the Office of Enrollment Management.

If an international applicant has graduated or will graduate from an institution that uses English as the language of instruction, the TOEFL may be waived upon request.

Application Process

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies are submitted online. If you are unable to apply online, a petition to the Office of the Dean with an explanation must be submitted for special accommodation.

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental instruction materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted (and are listed under Application Materials through program links above).

Program Information:

MSCR Part-time

MSCR Full-time

MSCR Online


MSCR Part-time

Description

The 38-credit Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Program provides additional training in clinical research for professionals whose careers in academic medicine would require them to successfully obtain consistent extramural funding as principal investigators on grants and for investigator­ industry initiated clinical research projects. The program prepares physicians, health care professionals and investigators at all career and training stages for development and opportunities in the clinical research environment.

Requirements

Candidates in this program will primarily be senior residents, fellows, junior faculty. While this program speciffcally targets individuals at MUSC, faculty and staff at other institutions previously trained in the health professions, and other qualified professionals in health care who wish to develop their clinical research skills, may also enroll. The applicant must possess:

(1) For senior residents, fellows, junior faculty or health professionals a doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g., M.D., Pharm. D., O. D., D. M. D., Ph. D.);

(2) a bachelor's or a master's degree in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., BSN, MHS)

Application Materials

(1) Academic transcripts from the institution of the highest degree, as well as any professional certifications that indicate the applicant has either

a. a doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g., M.D., PharmD, O.D., D.M.D., Ph.D.)

OR

b. a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., BSN, MHS)

(2) An essay stating:

a. Future goals scores
b. Area of clinical research interest
c. Why you chose the MSCR program
d. An acknowledgement, upon acceptance, that you will commit to all scheduled classes.
e. Name your research mentor (if you have one identified) – not having a mentor will not affect your eligibility

(3) Letters of Support stating the department's  guarantee  the applicant will have protected time to commit to the program classes:

a. For residents – from the residency director
b. For fellows – from the fellowship director
c. For faculty – from the division or department chair

(4) Test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, MAT, etc.) are NOT required

PLEASE NOTE: For your application to be complete a transcript of your highest degree earned and letter of support must be received by the application deadline.

Application Process

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online. If you are unable to apply online you must petition the Office of the Dean for special accommodation explaining why you are unable to apply online.

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental instruction materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted (and are listed above under Application Materials).

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2019 Regular July 1, 2018 June 19, 2019
Fall 2019 Extended June 20, 2018 August 25, 2019
Fall 2020  Regular  July 1,2019  June 19, 2020 
Fall 2020  Extended June 20, 2019 August 25, 2020 


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MSCR Full-time

Description

The one year, full-time program is designed to increase the number of well-trained clinical researchers who will assume leadership roles in the design, conduct, and oversight of future multidisciplinary clinical investigations critical to the mission of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The program is designed for students who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees in the six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, and Health Professions). 

Requirements

Students currently in a doctoral program or with approval from the Program Director.

Application Materials

No additional application materials are required. For your application to be complete a transcript of your highest degree earned and letter of support must be received by the application deadline.

Application Process

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online. If you are unable to apply online you must petition the Office of the Dean for special accommodation explaining why you are unable to apply online. In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental instruction materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2019 Regular July 1, 2018 June 19, 2019
Fall 2019 Extended June 20, 2018 August 25, 2019
Fall 2020  Regular  July 1, 2019 June 19, 2020
Fall 2020  Extended June 20, 2019 August 25, 2020

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MSCR Online

Description

The Master of Science in Clinical Research program provides additional training in clinical research for professionals whose careers in academic medicine would require them to successfully obtain consistent extramural funding as principal investigators on grants and for investigator/ industry initiated clinical research projects. Term begins in the fall semester and the program prepares physicians, health care professionals and investigators for development and opportunities in the clinical research environment.

Requirements

Candidates in this program will primarily be senior residents, fellows, junior faculty, or medical students. While this program specifically targets individuals at MUSC, faculty and staff at other institutions previously trained in the health professions, and other qualified professionals in health care who wish to develop their clinical research skills, may also enroll. The applicant must possess:

(1) For senior residents, fellows, junior faculty or health professionals a doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g., M.D., Pharm.D., O.D., D.M.D., Ph.D.);

or

(2) a bachelor's or a master's degree in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., BSN, MHS.)

Distance Education Information

MUSC has been approved by South Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Currently, MUSC accepts applications to the Master of Science in Clinical Research – Online from students who live in all states.

To learn more please see the Office of Institutional Effectiveness' State Authorization page.

Application Materials

(1) Academic transcripts from the institution of the highest degree, as well as any professional certifications that indicate the applicant has either

a. a doctoral degree from an accredited school in the health/clinical sciences (e.g., M.D., PharmD, O.D., D.M.D., Ph.D.)

b. a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in the health/clinical sciences from an accredited institution of higher education (e.g., BSN, MHS) *and* a professional designation (e.g., RN, CT, PT, OTR)

(2) An essay stating:

a. Future goals scores
b. Area of clinical research interest
c. Why you chose the MSCR program
d. An acknowledgement, upon acceptance, that you will attend all scheduled classes, seminars, etc. by the program
e. Name your research mentor (if you have one identified) – not having a mentor will not affect your eligibility

(3) Letters of Support stating the department’s guarantee the applicant will have protected time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to attend the program classes and seminars:

a. For residents – from the residency director
b. For fellows – from the fellowship director
c. For faculty – from the division or department chair

(4) Test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, MAT, etc.) are NOT required

PLEASE NOTE: For your application to be complete a transcript of your highest degree earned and letter of support must be received by the application deadline.

Application Process

All applications to the College of Graduate Studies must be submitted online. If you are unable to apply online you must petition the Office of the Dean for special accommodation explaining why you are unable to apply online.

In addition to the application itself the applicant must complete supplemental instruction materials specific to the program to which they are applying. These forms are provided via email once an application has been submitted (and are listed above under Application Materials).

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2019 Regular July 1, 2018 June 19, 2019
Fall 2019 Extended June 20, 2018 August 25, 2019
Fall 2020  Regular  July 1, 2019  June 19, 2020 
Fall 2020  Extended  June 20, 2019  August 25, 2020

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