Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research

School of Pharmacy

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer

Build on your master’s-level knowledge in nursing, pharmacy, public health, or related field to help bring breakthroughs in academic and industry laboratories to the world.

Boost Your Career by Expanding Your Expertise in Clinical Trials

In this flexible three-course program at our Boston campus and online, you’ll gain a solid understanding of research methodology and protocol development, clinical trial conduct, and ethical and regulatory oversight. Your online and face-to-face coursework will feature executives with experience in drugs, devices, biologics, healthcare, and policy. You’ll graduate with an expanded toolkit for developing, conducting, and monitoring clinical trials without the commitment of a graduate-degree program. The program starts in the fall, spring, and summer.

Your Three-Course Journey

Our research-and-development focused curriculum prepares you to help carry scientific breakthroughs through the arduous process of product development, clinical trials, and regulatory management. Topics include clinical trial management, protocol design, proposal development, human-subject protection, and research methodologies. Many students choose to take two courses in their first semester and one course in their second semester.

Breakthroughs that Improve Outcomes

As a clinical research coordinator, you’ll help guide the complex process of translating fundamental research breakthroughs into real-world solutions.

Pharmaceutics students contribute to award-winning research 

Terrick Andey collaborated with Pharmaceutics master’s and PhD students to develop a novel nanoparticle delivery platform. Read Andey’s story.

Read Andey’s story

$94k average salary

Clinical research scientist compensation reported by in 2022.

MCPHS: A healthcare think tank

Learning health sciences at a university dedicated to the advancement of healthcare means that you are surrounded by peers who share your commitment to making a healthier world. Watch students talk about their MCPHS experience. 

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A Global Hub for Clinical Research

Hear why the Boston campus of MCPHS is one of the best places in the world to study clinical research.
Swati Betharia

Students Publish with Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor

Professor Swati Betharia, PhD in Pharmacology ’11, led a research team of undergraduate and graduate students to a key finding on neuroprotection against metal toxicity.

Graduate Degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences 

As well as the MS in Clinical Research, we offer five additional opportunities for graduate study at the master’s, doctoral, and certificate levels.

Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry

Two-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Master of Science in Pharmaceutics

Two-year, full-time program on the Boston and Worcester campuses.

Master of Science in Clinical Research

Flexible full-time or part-time program on the Boston campus and online.

Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry

Three-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutics

50-credit, full-time program on the Boston and Worcester campuses.