Dual Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration and Master of Science in Health Sciences in Regulatory Affairs

Offered in a distance learning format, the dual bachelor of science in health sciences in clinical research administration and master of science in health sciences in regulatory affairs dual degree program provides students with the knowledge, abilities, and vision to move health sciences organizations effectively into the future. 

This multi-level online dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in Clinical Research Administration (C.R.A.) and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Regulatory Affairs (RAFF). Undergraduate and graduate degrees are conferred sequentially, with the BSHS. awarded upon completion of 120 credits (9 of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 27 credits of graduate coursework.

BSHS. in Clinical Research Administration

The BSHS with a major in clinical research administration is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credits, divided into three degree components, 60 credits of which must be completed at GW. Up to 60 credits of coursework earned elsewhere may be transferable.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:
60 credits of general education and advanced standing including:
3 credits in English composition
4 credits in natural or physical science with laboratory experience
6 credits in the social sciences
3 credits in the humanities
44 credits of advanced standing*
* Additional academic coursework. Non-traditional credit sources may be considered on a case-by-case basis (i.e. military coursework, credit by examanination, and non-college based health programs).
Requirements for the major:
At least 60 credits of GW coursework including:
Health sciences distance education courses
CRA 2101Basics of Clinical Research
CRA 2102Processes of Clinical Research
CRA 2103Good Clinical Practices
CRA 2104Business of Clinical Research
CRA 2105Capstone in Clinical Research Administration
CRA 2107Introduction to Monitoring Clinical Trials
HSCI 2102Pathophysiology
HSCI 2103Health Policy and the Health Care System
HSCI 2105Current Issues in Bioethics
HSCI 2107Health Care in Literature
HSCI 2112WWriting in the Health Sciences
HSCI 2113Informatics in the HSCI
HSCI 3117Principles of Biostatistics for Health Sciences
HSCI 4103Health Care Law/Regulation
HSCI 4105Case Studies in Health Care
HSCI 4106Introduction to Epidemiology for Health Sciences
HSCI 4112WResearch and Writing in Health Sciences
Graduate strategic leadership courses
HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership (*)
HSCI 6240Issues and Trends in the Health Care System (*)
Regulatory affairs field
RAFF 6201Introduction to Global Regulatory Affairs (*)

MSHS in Regulatory Affairs

The MSHS in regulatory affairs requires successful completion of an additional 27 credits of graduate coursework, including 6 credits in research.

Research core
HSCI 6263Biostatistics Translational Research
HSCI 6264Epidemiology Translational Research
Professional core
HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership (*)
HSCI 6240Issues and Trends in the Health Care System (*)
HSCI 6241The Health Care Enterprise
Regulatory affairs field
RAFF 6201Introduction to Global Regulatory Affairs (*)
RAFF 6202Regulatory Drug Biologics
RAFF 6203Regulatory Device Diagnostics
RAFF 6204Clinical Research for Regulatory Affairs
RAFF 6205Regulatory Affairs Compliance
RAFF 6275Leadership in Regulatory Affairs
Elective courses in clinical management and leadership
one from the following
CML 6274Health Economics and Finance
CRA 6203Partnerships with Human Subjects
CRA 6208International Clinical Research
CRA 6209Quality and Risk Management
CRA 6210Medical Writing/Clinical Research
HCQ 6201Building a Quality Culture

*Course taken as an undergraduate and applied to both the BSHS and MSHS curriculum.

Transferring credits: Up to 60 credits of coursework taken elsewhere may be transferable. For an assessment on the transferability of previous coursework, contact the program office. Coursework is evaluated for transfer using the following criteria:

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a minimum grade of C (credits earned with a grade of C- do not transfer)