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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

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


Rhonda Manning

Rhonda Manning

MS in Clinical Research Administration Graduate
When I started my first official job as a counselor and was asked to read over a clinical assessment and treatment plan, I realized that I literally had a license to be a positive influence in the lives of those I serve on a daily basis.
I have worked in the substance-abuse field since completion of my bachelor's degree in psychology. I realized that I needed direction—just having a broad human service degree would be limiting. With my higher degree from Walden, my background and experience is now confirmed through my educational knowledge and allows me the authority to speak about social change.
Studying with Walden was challenging, but I learned how to put forth my best efforts in order to receive the best outcome.
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