Applied Clinical Research (M.S.)



Complete admission and program requirements are found in the University Catalog.


The ACR Full-Time program is a two-year, 37-credit program with an industry internship.

It is designed for those interested in industry internships and experiences. It is suitable for international students and is a STEM-recognized program for Optional Practical Training (OPT). 

Students take a minimum of 8 credits per semester in the fall and spring semesters. Courses are offered on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings

The industry internship requires 2 credits in the fall and spring semesters of the second year. Students will spend about 20 hours per week in the clinical research department of a local medical device company or health care organization.

The internship combines the application of what students have learned in coursework with work experience supervised by clinical research professionals. 

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Program Track

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • ACR-620 Applied Anatomy, Physiology & Pathophysiology, 4 cr.
  • ACR-622 Lifecycle of the Clinical Product, 2 cr.
  • ACR-600 or other elective, 1 cr.
  • Elective 1 – 3 cr.

Spring Semester

  • ACR-624 Biostatistics for the Clinical Trials, 4 cr.
  • ACR-628 Reg Compliance & Research Ethics, 3 cr.
  • ACR-641 Communication for MedTech Professionals, 1 cr.
  • Elective, 1 – 3 cr. 

Summer Semester

  • ACR-626 Evidence Based Medicine, 3 cr.

Year 2

Fall Semester

  • ACR-630 Clinical Study Design & Planning, 3 cr.
  • ACR-634 Clinical Risk Management & Safety, 3 cr.
  • ACR-644 Internship in Applied Clinical Research, 2 cr.

Spring Semester

  • ACR-632 Clinical Study Operations & Execution, 3 cr.
  • ACR-636 Communications and Reporting for Clinical Trials, 3 cr.
  • ACR-644 Internship in Applied Clinical Research, 2 cr.

Summer Semester

  • ACR-640 Clinical Research Leadership, 3 cr.