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Interview with the George Washington University’s (GW) Graduate Admissions: Online Clinical Research Administration Master’s Degree

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The admissions team for the George Washington University’s (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical Research Administration provides tips and admission insights for prospective students.

Who is the ideal candidate for GW’s online master’s in Clinical Research Administration program?
The majority of the students in the master of science in clinical research administration program at GW already work in clinical research. Students enroll in our program to broaden their knowledge and gain formal training as well as to earn a degree credential that can help them advance their career.

Ideally prospective students have a science-based bachelor’s degree. This is crucial for them to be well-versed in the terminology to succeed in the program. Students should also have at least one year of work experience, whether it’s as a research assistant or nurse or even working in a lab throughout college.

What are the admission requirements to get into the program?
In order to apply, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited school, as well as one year of work experience.

The full application portfolio includes: an online application, official transcripts from all schools attended, a resume, two professional letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (which is an essay about the motivation behind the student’s application) and an application fee.

What qualities and professional skills are necessary to succeed in this field?
Clinical research administrators are responsible for designing, monitoring and managing clinical trials in a variety of areas. This requires skills in leadership, research, communication and project management.

People who work in clinical research tend to be passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. Whether it’s working on developing a new medical device or researching a cure for a disease, leading a clinical trial can be very rewarding on a personal and professional level.

How will this degree shape a student’s career after graduation?
Our strategic leadership courses are designed to prepare students to take on management roles in clinical research. Graduates of our program have been presented with opportunities to be promoted to clinical research trials jobs such as clinical safety manager, clinical trial director, operations manager, research director and clinical project manager. The skills and experience gained during your graduate education provides a foundation for advancement in the medical field.

What sets GW’s MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program apart from other programs?
GW’s clinical research administration degree program has a strategic leadership emphasis, which is unique among clinical research programs. Going beyond the business of clinical research, students learn how to lead complex, dynamic organizations by understanding the complex environment of clinical research through health care policy analysis and health care enterprise strategic business planning. With the opportunity to apply to their own workplace is unique. In addition, students develop their own leadership style throughout the program.

The clinical research faculty at GW are all industry experts. During the program, students have the opportunity to connect with GW’s expanded network of professionals. Our graduate program faculty is comprised of exceptionally knowledgeable, seasoned clinical research professionals who are top drug development and policy experts.

What are the benefits of an online master’s degree program?
GW is a leader in online education. The online program is ideal for these working professionals and allows for the flexibility and freedom to complete your two-year degree while maintaining personal and professional commitments. GW’s online programs facilitate interaction among peers, faculty and experts in order to prepare you for success during your education and after you graduate.

For more information on the George Washington University’s online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Clinical Research Administration, contact an admissions advisor today at (844) 386-7323 or click here to request more information.