Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Development 

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

This 36-credit master’s degree program provides late-breaking knowledge and essential training to a broad range of professionals interested in developing expertise in clinical research coordination or clinical research monitoring.

Build Core Scientific Skills in Clinical Research

At MCPHS, we understand that human lives depend on the skills of clinical researchers. We developed this full-time STEM program to provide you with advanced academic training in the science of standards as well as the latest approaches to clinical research investigations. If you are interested in pursuing a career in clinical research coordination or clinical research monitoring, this program will provide both a strong foundation and a competitive edge. You will graduate from the program equipped for positions in federal or state healthcare agencies, clinical research organizations, managed-care institutions, hospitals, and other health-related organizations. While especially advantageous when paired with a PharmD degree, this rigorous graduate experience provides significant value to anyone in a field where knowledge of good clinical practice, regulatory standards, and the safety and efficacy of regulated products is crucial. A baccalaureate degree or equivalent professional degree is required for admission.

Your 36-Credit Journey

This program is STEM-designated, qualifying international students for an additional two years of OPT work in the United States. 

This full-time, two-year program includes all the strategic information and training you will need to position yourself for a rewarding career in myriad areas of clinical research. Your academic journey will include:

  • proven approaches to clinical research investigations
  • training in the science of standards
  • additional focus on ethics, epidemiology, health economics, and drug development 
  • capstone experience
  • options for a practicum


Clinical Research Professionals are in Demand

The need for clinical research is growing, and the demand is only increasing as pharmaceutical companies, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits strive to advance the quality of health outcomes around the world.


Estimated Median Salary

clinical research administrator
( 2023)


Colleges With the Most Upward Mobility

Noting the earning power of its graduates, 24/7 Wall St. ranked MCPHS 20th in the nation out of 50 institutions in its latest upward mobility report.


Estimated Median Salary

clinical research coordinators
( 2023)