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College of Graduate Studies | Master of Science in Clinical Research - Domestic

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Program Overview

The MSCR-Domestic 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.

Instruction occurs in the traditional classroom setting. 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 Domestic 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.

Further information about program requirements can be found in the Master of Science in Clinical Research section of this Bulletin.

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


Part-Time Program - Students complete the program in two years on a part time basis, beginning each fall. Individuals admitted to this program complete a 38 academic credit hour master's program which is composed of classroom lectures and seminars. Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Full-Time Program - Students complete the program on a full-time basis beginning each Fall. Individuals admitted to this program complete a 38 academic credit hour Master's program composed of classroom lectures and seminars in one year or 3 semesters. The program is available to students pursuing doctoral degrees in one of the six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Health Professions), as well as international applicant and professionals with a bachelor's or a master's degree in health/clincal sciences from an accredited institution of higher education and international students.

Admissions Requirements

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. Applicants should apply online at

An online application fee must accompany the application when filed. Test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, MAT, etc.) are NOT required.

At the time of acceptance for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, the applicant must submit a matriculation fee and is required to subscribe to the Honor Code and the Code of Conduct at the time of initial registration.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition and fee schedule for the Master of Science in Clinical Research Degree is found under the College of Graduate Studies tuition and fee schedule for full- and part-time students, and is published annually in June. The schedule is posted on the University website. It is also available from the Office of Enrollment Management at

Student Health Insurance

All MSCR students are subject to the University’s health insurance requirement. Information on obtaining health insurance can be found at

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Services provides information on obtaining financial aid, grants, loans, scholarship at

Clinical Research Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for MSCR can be found within the Master of Science course listings within the College of Graduate Studies, MSCR Domestic.

Last Published with Edits:August 3, 2015 10:46 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: August 2015

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