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College of Graduate Studies | Master of Science in Clinical Research

The MSCR program trains individuals to become principal investigators on grants, faculty in medical schools and team leaders who are seeking careers in clinical research. The program is a component of the educational core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute and is compliant with core competencies recommended by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) in collaboration with the CTSA Education and Career Development Key Function Committee. The degree is granted through the College of Graduate Studies. The objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research in the clinical setting, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.

The curriculum includes 38 credit hours earned through courses including, but not limited to Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Biostatistics, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Leadership, Regression Methods for Clinical Research, Grants Overview, Critical Review of the Literature, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials. In addition to these courses, students are provided with the opportunity to conduct individual research with the assistance of a research mentor and a board of advisors appointed by MUSC.

The MSCR Program is a non-thesis program. Our students will be expected to demonstrate their proficiency in clinical research in patient populations by developing a grant proposal suitable for submission to a funding agency. Throughout the program, the students’ four member advisory committee closely monitors his/her progress.

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

Last Published with Edits:August 3, 2017 10:58 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: June 2017
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