Master's in Clinical Research Management

Help lead the way to better patient care

The need to bring innovative and potentially life-saving treatments to market quickly and cost-effectively has never been greater. It’s a huge challenge, and in the world of clinical research, the difference between success or failure can often come down to leadership.

It takes someone with the imagination to visualize a better way of doing things, the expertise to turn their vision into reality and the managerial skills to motivate a diverse team to work cohesively toward achieving a common goal.

At Wake Forest University, we’re here to help you become such a leader.

Why choose Wake Forest for your online master’s in clinical research management?

Our online MS in Clinical Research Management, offered through Wake Forest School of Medicine, was created in partnership between our distinguished faculty and advisors from the clinical research and health care fields.

Our goal is simple: To work toward finding solutions to the most pressing issues facing the industry. We do this by taking a holistic approach to clinical research and the broader health care system, and learning how greater collaboration from top to bottom can lead to more favorable outcomes.

This program can help you:

  • Enhance your knowledge of drug and medical device development, as well as clinical trial conduct and monitoring.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how trials can run more efficiently by studying the interconnection among quality assurance, statistical analysis, data management and regulatory affairs teams.
  • Learn more about the business, ethical and legal perspectives of the clinical research industry.
  • Better position yourself for career advancement in a wide range of biomedical fields, including pharmaceutical, health care, government, research and academia.
  • Develop leadership and communication skills that can benefit you in managing trials and driving innovation.


World-class reputation and 100% online curriculum

Program completion in as few as 20 months

Ranked #28 in the nation

Network with one of the largest hospital systems with 70,000+ employees

No standardized test requirements

11:1 faculty ratio

What can you do with your MS in Clinical Research Management?

Our program helps you develop skills that can be applied across a wide range of biomedical fields, including pharmaceutical, health care, government, research and academia. 

Regardless of where you choose to specialize, professionals with expertise in clinical research management are in high demand. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 9.9% growth for clinical research managers between 2018 and 2028, which is faster than average.

We’ve structured our program to give you a competitive edge as you look to advance your career. Your MS in Clinical Research Management can qualify you for the following roles and median salaries*:

Clinical Research Director


*According to Payscale

Clinical Project Manager


Regulatory Affairs Manager


MS in Clinical Research Management curriculum

The online MS in Clinical Research Management consists of 13 courses totaling 35 credit hours. This includes 5 core courses, 4 credits from the strategic leadership/communications track or the operations track and a 6-credit capstone project. You can complete the entire curriculum in as few as 20 months.


Customize your studies

Our innovative curriculum allows you to specialize your studies to align with your career objectives. You can choose between two tracks:

  • Strategic Leadership/Communications
  • Operations

Which track is right for you?


Strategic Leadership/Communications

This track is for students who are looking to enhance their managerial skills as well as their knowledge of the clinical research process. The material can help you in advancing  your career and assuming a role with greater responsibility.

Topics covered include:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Effective negotiation strategies
  • Business communication

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Doctor working with nurses

Doctors and management having a meeting


The Operations track teaches technical skills and strategies that can help you achieve success in your clinical research management career. This option can be especially beneficial for recent undergraduates who are new to the field or professionals transitioning from a related health care occupation.

Topics covered include:

  • Project management
  • Financial management
  • Technical writing

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Learn from industry experts

Instructors in this program include faculty from Wake Forest School of Medicine as well as highly accomplished industry professionals. Their combined research, clinical and teaching  experience can help you build a solid foundation of clinical research knowledge rooted in real-world insights.

Admission requirements

Our online MS in Clinical Research Management is designed for working professionals who aspire to build on their knowledge base to advance their careers. That’s why our admissions process takes into consideration your work experience as well as your educational background.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Personal statement
    • A written statement offers you a chance to tell us about yourself and why you wish to pursue a Masters in Clinical Research Management degree at Wake Forest. We anticipate that applicants may have diverse backgrounds and this statement will allow you to better describe your unique experience. For example, applicants may be recent undergraduates, individuals who have been in the work force for several years and looking to transition into a new career, or individuals working in an area related to clinical research management and looking to enhance or expand their training in this area. If you are coming from one of those backgrounds or a different one, please use this statement to describe why you are applying to this program and what you wish to accomplish with this degree. Please include information on any area of special interest within the program, previous experience while working or volunteering in a related field, and how the degree aligns with your present career plans. Special thought and consideration should be made to this statement. Please limit your response to no more than 500 words.
    • An optional short audio or video statement may be uploaded that describes why you wish to pursue a degree in Clinical Research Management at Wake Forest.
  • Transcript(s) from any school from which a degree was granted – Unofficial transcripts may be used for review, but official transcripts are required to enroll.
  • Letters of recommendation – 3 letters are required.
  • Resume/curriculum vitae.
  • Attestation of readiness for online learning.
  • Application fee ($100).