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MS in Clinical Research


The Master of Science in Clinical Research Program (MSCR) provides training in clinical research to 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.  The program prepares health care professionals for development and opportunities to further their skills in the clinical research environment and workforce.

The MSCR Program is a component of the educational core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute (SCTR) and is compliant with core competencies for clinical research recommended by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science. 

The curriculum includes 38 credit hours earned through courses and health seminars. Students are provided with the opportunity to conduct individual research with the guidance of a research mentor and appointed board of faculty advisors. Our students will be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in clinical research in patient populations by developing a research proposal suitable to a funding agency. The MSCR is a non-thesis program.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, students should be able to:

1.     Conduct a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature

2.     Formulate a well-defined clinical or translational research question

3.     Select an appropriate study design to address a clinical or translational research question

4.     Compute, describe, and evaluate descriptive and inferential statistics appropriate to the chosen study design

5.     Apply ethical codes and professional standards for the conduct of clinical and translational research