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

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Program Overview | Admissions | Curriculum | Course Descriptions

Program Overview

The MSCR Global 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 objective of this program is to prepare health professionals for research and develop research protocols, with an emphasis placed on practical applications of scientific issues.

Instruction occurs through distance education methods, as well as MUSC faculty visits to students at the off-campus sites. 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 board of advisors appointed by MUSC.

The MSCR Global 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 the student progress.  The written protocol will be assessed by the Advisory Committee.

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


Admission Requirements

All Students

In order to be admitted into the MSCR Global Program, students must possess a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in a health sciences related subject.
MUSC also requires students to submit their transcripts to World Education Services (WES) for a complete transcript evaluation. Students with a Grade Points Average (GPA) equivalent to a 3.0 or higher will be eligible for admissions.

Studying in the United States

Those students wishing to study in the United States must be able to submit certified English Language Test scores upon applying. Acceptable tests and associated minimum scores include:

TOEFL - minimum score of 80
IELTS - minimum score of 6.0
PTE Academic – minimum score of 50

Those students wishing to study in the United States must also submit financial documentation showing they have the liquid cash readily available to support tuition, room and board for the entire 12 months of the program. This amount is decided upon by the MUSC Office of International Support, and is adjusted annually to account for increases or decreases in tuition and cost of living.

Tuition and Fees

Those students choosing to study on the MUSC campus will be required to pay the entire year's tuition in one installment, prior to arriving in the United States. This payment is done via wire transfer. Students should be aware that some banks charge a small fee for wire transfers, which is taken out of the total amount. Therefore, students should account for that fee when deciding the total amount to be wired.

Student Health Insurance

Those students choosing to study on the MUSC campus will be required to have health insurance. Students must go online each semester to accept the Pearce and Pearce Terms & Conditions. The fee for Student Health Insurance is paid up front for the entire year, and is applied to the tuition bill.

Financial Aid

The MSCR Global Program does not provide financial aid.

Arrival On Campus

Visa Requirements

Students are required to arrive on campus at MUSC no later than August 1st. Once on campus, students should contact Lisa Frawley, MSCR Global Program Coordinator, to set up a time to check into the SEVIS system. Students should be able to provide their passport, visa and completed Student Health Packet at that time. Students who do not check into SEVIS within 30 days of arrival in the United States will be reported to the United States Department of Homeland Security, and their visas will be cancelled.

Full Time Curriculum
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) including students in our global program. Students complete the program in one year on a full time basis.

Fall Semester*

Clinical Biostatistics: 3 credit hours
Introduction to Basic Analytics: 2 credit hours
Critical Review: 2 credit hours
Clinical Epidemiology: 3 credit hours
Ethical Issues in Clinical Research: 1 credit hour
Student Research: 3 credit hours

Spring Semester*

Leadership: 3 credit hours
Introduction to Clinical Trials: 3 credit hours
Regression Methods for Clinical Research: 2 credit hours
Comparative Effectiveness Research: 3 credit hours
Grants Overview: 1 credit hour
Data Management for Clinical Research: 2 credit hours
Core Clinical Research Training (CCRT): 1 credit hour
Student Research: 1 credit hour

Summer Semester*

Industry/Regulatory: 2 credit hours
Community Engagement Research: 1 credit hour
Student Research: 5 credit hours

*Subject to changes


At the MSCR Global sites, students are required to attend regularly scheduled classes, which will be monitored by on site student services liaisons who are appointed as MUSC adjunct faculty. Upon entering the classroom, each student will be required to sign an attendance sheet to ensure compliance with MUSC student policies and procedures regarding class attendance. Students will be presented with lectures captured on the Tegrity recording system, and will view those lectures together in the classroom setting.

Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Access documents will supplement these presentations, so students should be prepared with access to the Microsoft Office suite. Lectures for off-campus students are often accompanied with Skype videoconferencing sessions so students are able to get the live, face-to-face question and answers sessions they desire. MUSC faculty and staff visit each global site at minimum one time per semester to meet directly with the students and address any areas of concern they may have.

All MSCR Global students must complete a total of 38 credit hours in the designated MSCR courses in order to receive a degree, which includes time spent on a research component.

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 3:41 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2012

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