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

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Program Overview | Admissions | Curriculum | Course Descriptions

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 Association for Clinical Research Training. 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, Basic Analytics, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Leadership, Regression Methods for Clinical Research, Grants Overview, Critical Review, 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 Biomedical Sciences 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

Curriculum

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 - The program is designed for students who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees in one of the six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Students, and Health Professions), as well as international students. Students complete the program in one year on a full time basis.

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 http://www.musc.edu/em/admissions/apply.htm.

All masters’ level and international students MUST pay an online application fee without exception and this 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 Clinical Research Degree is found under the Masters of Biomedical Science Degree 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 http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/em/records/fees.html.

Student Health Insurance

All MSCR students are subject to the University’s health insurance requirement. Information on obtaining health insurance can be found at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/studenthealth/requirements.html.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Services provides information on obtaining financial aid, grants, loans, scholarship at http://www.musc.edu/em/financialmanagement/.

Clinical Research Course Descriptions

Course descriptions for MSCR can be found within the Master of Science course listings within the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Epidemiology.

Last Published with Edits:December 9, 2013 3:40 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2011
 
 
 

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