This scholar-practitioner program offers:
- A unique combination of in-depth research, interactive media, discussion, and practical experiences that can enable you to gain knowledge and skills to apply immediately in your work.
- Insight into how developments in the field change lives and improve patient care.
- Analysis of day-to-day operations in clinical trial activities.
- An optional practicum that offers hands-on experience in the field.
- A basic understanding of clinical research ethics and the regulatory environment.
When you earn your clinical research administration degree at Walden, you can benefit from the flexibility of online learning and from MobileLearn®. Offered exclusively at Walden, MobileLearn not only enables you to choose where and when you learn, it also gives you the ability to choose how you learn. Learn more.
Find out more about what defines Walden’s M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program:
A Media-Rich Learning Environment
Explore the scope of Walden’s M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program, including the history and ethics of clinical research, epidemiology, the clinical trials process, and data management. Sophisticated graphics and animation enable students to learn from industry leaders and experience practical demonstrations.
Is Clinical Research Administration Right for You?
A position in clinical research helps enable you to:
- Make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.
- Have an impact on the healthcare profession beyond the laboratory, accelerating the treatment and prevention of disease, ensuring patient safety, and improving quality of life.
- Contribute to ongoing medical advancements.
You may consider a career or an advanced position in the fast-paced, rapidly growing field of clinical research administration if you:
- Currently work in the clinical research industry.
- Have previously worked in a management or clinical capacity in healthcare.
- Have a science background.
- Are interested in the drug development process, which intersects the business, legal, and scientific fields.
The field of clinical research administration requires:
- Strong critical-thinking capabilities.
- Scholarly writing.
- Attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to follow standard operating procedures and data collection protocols.
- Excellent organizational skills and willingness to work collaboratively.
- An ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups, including research subjects, medical professionals, legal and regulatory officials, and senior management.
- An understanding of the ethical considerations of using human beings as research subjects.
Meet Students and Faculty
Students and faculty members in Walden’s M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program have a unique perspective on the program. Read this insider’s view, which includes insights into the learning experience, comments about the supportive faculty, and information about professional opportunities in the field.
“When I first started the program, I thought I might be in over my head. My fears were erased once I saw how open and encouraging the faculty [members] are—even offering ‘welcome’ calls to students. The faculty [members] make it very clear from the start that they want students to succeed and will be there to support you at every step. I immediately became very passionate about the program, and that passion is contagious.”
“I am very grateful for the program’s in-depth focus on research tools. The case studies used in the sources are extremely comprehensive and provide a starting point for deeper discussion. I also find the videos and visuals extraordinarily helpful.”
M.S. in Clinical Research Administration Student
Faculty Member View
“I believe that students can make the connection effortlessly between clinical research and Walden University’s mission to effect social change. The program gives learners the tools they need to create positive change in their communities. We help our students develop a good clinical research knowledge base so they can assist in the development of new treatments, pharmaceuticals, and other clinical solutions as a direct result of their research. The positive impact in people’s lives and their communities is immeasurable.”
Scott McDoniel, Ph.D.
School of Health Sciences Faculty Member
Why Clinical Research Administration?
New vaccines and medicines are saving lives and giving hope to patients and their families, and it is clinical research that facilitates these great advances. A career in clinical research administration places you at the forefront of medical innovation and discovery. Become part of a dynamic industry that helps provide solutions that can result in successful and lifesaving clinical outcomes.
Improve Quality of Life
As a clinical research administrator, you help coordinate data, analyze and interpret information, maintain and audit clinical patient files, oversee clinical studies, and ensure patient safety and adherence to protocols in clinical research trials. Pursue your Master of Science in Clinical Research Administration at Walden and make a difference in helping to treat and control disease, accelerate recovery, and improve the quality of life for patients.
A Growing Field
Through the M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program, you can gain the skills to prepare you for an exciting, rapidly growing field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth in the field is expected to continue to grow through 2018 as a result of expansion in research related to illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, and avian flu, along with growing treatment problems such as antibiotic resistance.*
*Bureau of Labor Statics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Medical Scientists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos309.htm (viewed online January 24, 2011).