Dual Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a Major in Clinical Reseach Administration and Master of Science in Health Sciences in the Field of Clinical Research Administration

Clinical research administration continues to evolve into a more global and complex set of integrated research and business processes. The online dual degree program provides students with the knowledge, abilities, and vision to move health sciences organizations effectively into the future. This multi-level dual degree program offers academically qualified individuals a seamless and accelerated pathway for completing both the online bachelor of science in health sciences and the online master of science in health sciences programs. 

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 and the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical Research Administration (CRA). Undergraduate and graduate degrees will be conferred sequentially, with the BSHS awarded upon completion of 120 credits (nine of which are taken for graduate credit). The MSHS is awarded following completion of an additional 27 credits of graduate course work.

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 course work may be transferable from course work taken elsewhere.

Required
60 credits of general education and advanced standing including:
3 credits of English composition
4 credits of natural or physical science with lab
6 credits of social science
3 credits of 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-exam, and non-college based health programs).
Required for the major
At least 60 credits of GW coursework including:
Health sciences distance education
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
HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership
HSCI 6240Issues and Trends in the Health Care System
CRA 6201Critical Analysis Clinical Research

MSHS in Clinical Research Administration

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

Required
Clinical research administration
CRA 6202Medicines Development
CRA 6203Partnerships with Human Subjects
CRA 6204The Clinical Research Industry
CRA 6209Quality and Risk Management (Strategic leadership courses)
CRA 6275Leadership and Change in Clinical Research Administration
Graduate research
HSCI 6263Biostatistics Translational Research
HSCI 6264Epidemiology Translational Research
Graduate strategic leadership
HSCI 6241The Health Care Enterprise
Elective
One course from the following:
CRA 6208International Clinical Research
CRA 6211Monitoring, Auditing, and Oversight in Clinical Research

Credit for HSCI 6223 Topics in Health Care Leadership, HSCI 6240 Issues and Trends in the Health Care System, and CRA 6201 Critical Analysis Clinical Research is applied to both the BSHS and MSHS degrees.

Transferring credits

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

  • College-level
  • Academic in nature
  • Completed at a regionally accredited institution
  • Earned with a grade of C or above (C- grades do not transfer)