Applied Clinical Research (M.S.)

As an Applied Clinical Research student, you will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to design, conduct, and evaluate human clinical trials. You will learn how medical therapies affect the human body, how new therapies are developed and brought to market, and how to design, conduct, evaluate, and report ethical and scientific medical research. 

Upon completion of this program, you will have the knowledge and competencies industry executives identify as essential to the successful clinical research professional, including the science of medical research, medical product regulations, research ethics, study management and operations and risk management, as well as effective communication and leadership. 

Program Highlights

  • All courses are taught by industry experts with practical and leadership experience using real world examples and projects. 
  • Masters of Science degrees available as both a internship track and a capstone track program.
  • Graduate certificate option available.  
  • More than 75 percent of instructors are executive/senior management-level industry leaders. The remainder are seasoned managers and technical experts with 15-30 years of experience. 
  • Offered at St. Cloud State at Plymouth.
  • Classes are available online through a synchronous Adobe Connect Internet connection. 
  • Courses offered weekday evenings and Saturday mornings. 
  • Cohort model beginning in the fall term.
  • Medtech employees earn on average 40% more than their counterparts in other industries.
  • Graduate assistantships available. 

Program Distinctions

  • It is the only clinical research program in the United States focused on medical devices and inclusive of pharmaceuticals and combination products. 
  • The industry's most senior and experienced executive leaders serve on the program's industry advisory council.
  • The annual MedTech networking and job fair is the largest of its kind, featuring 15-20 MedTech industry companies and healthcare institutions.
  • Graduates have gone on to work at public and private medical device and pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, and hospital systems, as well as to further develop in their current roles. 
  • A STEM-designated graduate program. 

Graduate Director

Will Collis-Prather

Popular Careers

  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • Site manager
  • Study or trial manager/scientist/leader
  • Clinical quality
  • Preclinical research
  • Post-market surveillance and outcomes research

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Aug. 15 June 15 Aug. 15
Spring Dec. 15 Oct. 15 Dec. 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

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