Master's in Clinical Research Management Curriculum

A collaborative approach to creating a better clinical research model

Complex problems call for innovative solutions. And few challenges are bigger or more important than those facing our health care system, particularly when it comes to improving our ability to care for patients.

Wake Forest’s MS in Clinical Research Management, offered through Wake Forest School of Medicine, was created for precisely this reason. We developed our curriculum with input from leading industry partners with a goal of identifying the most pressing issues in the field and addressing how we can work collaboratively to solve them.

By completing this program, you can enhance your understanding of:

  • The drug and medical device development process
  • Clinical trial conduct and monitoring
  • The cross-functional roles of quality assurance, statistical analysis, data management and regulatory affairs
  • The business, ethical and legal perspectives of the clinical research industry

Explore your online Master’s in Clinical Research Management courses:

The online MS in Clinical Research Management consists of 13 courses totaling 35 credit hours, and can be completed in as few as 20 months (5 semesters). You can enroll and begin in the fall, spring or summer semester.

An important component of the curriculum is the capstone experience, which spans from semesters two through five. The goal of this project is for you to identify a critical health care challenge and draw upon knowledge and skills gained through your coursework to develop a transformative solution.

The program allows for further specialization by allowing you to select between two tracks: Strategic Leadership/Communications or Operations.

Coursework is broken down as follows:

  • 11 credit hours in foundation courses
  • 14 credit hours in core courses
  • 4 credit hours in Strategic Leadership/Communications or Operations track courses
  • 6 credit hours of capstone experience

Foundation Courses (11 credit hours)

CRM 701 Research Design and Methods in Clinical Research 3 Credits
CRM 702 Data Analysis and Interpretation in Clinical Research 3 Credits
CRM 721 Clinical Operations and Project Management 3 Credits
CRM 703 Leadership and Professionalism I 1 Credit
CRM 704 Leadership and Professionalism II 1 Credit

Core Courses (14 credit hours)

CRM 711 Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations 3 Credits
CRM 712 Medicines Development, Regulation, Industry 3 Credits
CRM 722 Clinical Studies Development 2 Credits
CRM 731 Quality Systems and Risk Management 3 Credits
CRM 732 Data Management and Informatics 3 Credits

Strategic Leadership/Communications Track (4 credit hours)

Choose two out of three course options.

CRM 751 Conflict Resolution and Negotiations 2 Credits
CRM 753 Business Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals 2 Credits
CRM 752 Design Thinking 2 Credits

Operations Track (4 credit hours)

Choose two out of three course options.

CRM 761 Project Management 2 Credits
CRM 762 Financial Management for Clinical Research Professionals 2 Credits
CRM 763 Technical Writing for the Regulatory Professional 2 Credits

Capstone Experience (6 total credit hours)

CRM 715 Capstone Experience 6 Credits