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Dual Degree: BSHS/MSHS in Clinical Research Administration

Students can accelerate their undergraduate and graduate studies as they prepare for a career in clinical trial management in The George Washington University's Dual Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration program. Read more about this online dual degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Dual Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

A 3.3 or above GPA and 45-60 credits of college coursework, including specific courses like English composition, physical or natural science with lab, and humanities, are required for students seeking to enter this program. A strong understanding of research methodologies are also important as the curriculum focuses on research analysis, processes, and data collection. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The online dual Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration program at The George Washington University combines undergraduate and graduate coursework in clinical research analysis, leadership, and processes. Undergraduate courses provide study in, among other topics, risk assessment, safety reporting, evaluation principles for monitoring clinical trials, health policy analysis, bioethics, and regulatory processes. Master's level courses address strategies for new drug development, considerations for recruiting and interacting with human subjects, project management and decision-making in clinical research, epidemiological concepts, and areas of biostatistical research including populations, variables, and sample selection. This program is designed to be completed in three years.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

147 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Dual Degree: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Science in Health Sciences in Clinical Research Administration:

For this program, students must have a total of 120 undergraduate credits for the BSHS degree and an additional 27 credits in MSHS courses. Students are able to transfer up to 60 credits to satisfy undergraduate general education credits; the remaining 87 credits in the program are completed through dual BSHS/MSHS curriculum. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (84 credits)

  • Basics of Clinical Research
  • Processes of Clinical Research
  • Good Clinical Practices
  • The Business of Clinical Research
  • Capstone in Clinical Research Administration
  • Monitoring Clinical Trials
  • Critical Analysis in Clinical Research
  • Medicines Development
  • Partnerships with Human Subjects
  • The Clinical Research Industry
  • Quality and Risk Management
  • Leadership and Change in Clinical Research Administration
  • Pathophysiology
  • Health Policy and the Health Care System
  • Current Issues in Bioethics
  • Healthcare in Literature
  • Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Informatics in the Health Sciences
  • Introduction to Statistics for Health Sciences
  • Healthcare Law and Regulation
  • Case Studies in Healthcare
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Research and Writing in the Health Sciences
  • Topics in Healthcare Leadership
  • Issues and Trends in Health Systems
  • The Healthcare Enterprise
  • Biostatistics in Clinical and Translational Research
  • Epidemiology in Clinical and Translational Research

Elective Courses (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • International Clinical Research
    • Monitoring, Auditing and Oversight in Clinical Research

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After being awarded both the BSHS and MSHS degrees in clinical research administration, graduates could choose to continue their studies in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate could be a necessity for graduates intending to explore senior administrative positions in postsecondary institutions or research centers.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Biomedical Research
  • PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Doctor of Applied Clinical Research

Career Paths:

Having completed the dual BSHS/MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program, graduates could be eligible for senior or managerial roles in such settings as pharmaceutical companies, medical labs, healthcare research centers, community health centers, or biotechnology companies. They might manage all aspects of clinical trials, including planning, progress updates, participant enrollment, development of safety guidelines, and regulation compliance.

Careers that graduates could likely consider include:

  • Drug safety manager
  • Clinical data manager
  • Clinical trial manager
  • Senior clinical research associate