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Clinical Research
School of Medicine

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)


Program Director

Professor Kurt Kroenke*

(An asterisk [*] denotes membership in the University Graduate School faculty with the endorsement to direct doctoral disser­tations.)

Degree Offered

Master of Science, Graduate Certificate
Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Indiana University’s Master of Science in Clinical Research degree program prepares health care professionals for a career in clinical research. This program offers a combination of course work and practical research experience and is a core component of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The program also constitutes the formal didactic requirements for certain types of federal train­ing grants (such as K-23s) and other career awards. Following completion of the program, graduates can embark on a career in clinical research with the skills necessary to successfully com­pete for grant funding, conduct and analyze research findings, and publish work in scientific journals.

Course Requirements

The Master of Science program is divided equally between two main components: (1) completion of the formal curriculum and (2) active involvement in clinical research under the mentorship of a faculty scientist. Both elements are critical in preparation of the candidate for successful research following graduation.  The curriculum is de­signed to cover core competency areas through a combination of course work and mentored research. The two-year M.S. program consists of a 30 credit hour curriculum, which includes the following core courses—G504 or P555, PBHL-B551, or PBHL-B651, G660, G661, G664, and approved electives (9-12 credits).


A grade point average of B (3.0) is required in all coursework.


Research project (see GRAD G664 Mentored Clinical Research) is completed in lieu of thesis.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

This is a 14 credit degree with three required courses (G660 Clini­cal Research Methods, G504 Research Ethics, or P555 Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research, and G661 Clini­cal Trials or PBHL-B551 Biostatistics for Public Health, or PBHL-B651: Introduction to Biostatistics I). These three courses will constitute 8-9 credits; the remaining 5-6 credits will consist of graduate-level elective courses that are relevant to the student’s clinical interests.

Electives (4-6 cr.) Electives (approved by program director) include graduate-level courses in more advanced biostatis­tics, epidemiology, clinical pharmacology, genetics, molecular biology, computer sciences, or other courses relevant to the individual student’s field of clinical research.

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