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Field Experience: School of Health Sciences: M.S. Clinical Research Administration

About the MSCLRA Program & Practicum

The M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for effective clinical research administration and management. This includes a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment and the following specialized, targeted skills:

  • Management of clinical protocols
  • Scientific protocol development
  • Ethical and regulatory standards
  • Budget management
  • Statistics
  • FDA regulatory compliance
  • Publication in specific drug class and peer-reviewed journals
  • R&D/Marketing interface
  • The overall management and training of clinical research personnel


Students have the opportunity to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the M.S. in Clinical Research Administration and further develop key professional competencies in the practicum. Students engage in a supervised field experience, which they align to their academic and professional goals. The field experience occurs at a clinical site where a research study is underway or with a research sponsor who is planning or facilitating a study. Supervision by an on-site preceptor involved in the planning or conduct of a clinical research study is a critical component of the practicum. The on-site supervisor and the course instructor monitor and evaluate students’ performance throughout the entire practicum experience. Students are required to complete 120 hours of practicum work. They must also participate in an accompanying online seminar course and begin to develop an ePortfolio based on assigned professional development activities.