Throughout the history of clinical trials, research professionals have been a critical part of medical breakthroughs that have improved the lives of millions of people.

But there are still great strides to be made toward safer and more reliable treatments for genetic disorders and diseases such as breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Walden’s Master’s in Clinical Research Administration program can prepare you for key roles managing and monitoring life-changing clinical research phases and processes. This online clinical research administration program focuses on the latest technologies, the safest methods for testing, the protection of human subjects, and the hope that drives all medical advancements.

When you study clinical research administration online at Walden, you can explore coursework in product development, the business of clinical research, epidemiology, and good clinical practice. Our courses are designed to broaden your understanding of the process that produces innovative, high-impact clinical research products. Gain an understanding of the legal, regulatory, and ethical concerns that govern clinical research, as well as historical controversies and triumphs that have defined medical product development. Grow your professional network with faculty who are subject matter experts from diverse fields, including medicine, law, nursing, and business.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

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Completion Requirements

  • 33–36 total semester credits
    • Core courses (30 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone (3 sem. cr.)
    • Optional practicum (3 sem. cr.) (Students may elect to earn a practicum experience by adding an optional course, CLRA 6550, to their program of study.)
  • Minimum 3 semester credits per eight-week term enrollment

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


The program’s courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

Students in the M.S. in Clinical Research program may elect to earn a practicum experience by adding an optional course, CLRA 6550, to their program of study.

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Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total*
Tuition 33 total semester credit hours  $780 per semester hour $25,740
Books and Materials Estimated costs included $0
Technology Fee  Per semester $160 $960
    Total $26,700
    Transfer up to 16 credits $12,960
    Total with Maximum Transfer Credits $13,740

Tuition Savings Available

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

*Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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You can pursue a range of career options in the dynamic field of clinical research. Gain the knowledge and skills to participate in a process that produces innovative, high-impact clinical research.

Your career options may include:

  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical research technical supervisor
  • Principal investigator
  • Clinical data manager
  • Subject recruiter
  • Site manager/head nurse
  • Clinical research nurse
  • Clinical research pharmacist
  • Clinical research laboratory technician
  • Drug safety officer
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Quality assurance staff
  • Project manager
  • Site financial officer

Pursue your career in clinical research in a range of settings, including:

  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Consumer product companies
  • Healthcare companies
  • Biotech companies
  • Medical device companies
  • Contract clinical research organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Medical centers

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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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.

Student View

“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.”

Rhonda Manning
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 (viewed online January 24, 2011).

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Describe basic research strategies, settings, methods, and goals of clinical research, including all aspects of the preclinical and clinical phases of clinical trials.
  2. Critique the advantages and disadvantages of various study protocol designs as related to the test product and anticipated endpoints of the clinical research process.
  3. Critically appraise published clinical research and interpretations of new research in the context of existing knowledge and global trends/issues.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of the different roles in the clinical research team, including the alliance of subjects, regulatory agencies, sponsors, and sites.
  5. Identify ethical, legal, regulatory, and financial considerations that impact clinical trials.
  6. Apply the essentials of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in their professional practice.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how the evolution of the safety and efficacy data in drug, biological, and device developments from preclinical testing through to registration and post-marketing surveillance impact product development.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic physiological and epidemiological causes and correlates of disease as they relate to clinical trial investigations.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.