Master's in Clinical Research Management: Strategic Leadership/Communications Track

Great teams need strong leaders

Being able to communicate a vision and motivate your team is critical for achieving organizational success. This is especially true in the clinical research industry, where effective management can be the key to navigating an innovative treatment through the complex approval process.

Wake Forest University’s online MS in Clinical Research Management offers a Strategic Leadership/Communications track, which is ideal for experienced clinical research professionals who aspire to become leaders in the field.

Complete 100% online coursework

Earn your degree in as few as 20 months

Select between 2 tracks: Strategic Leadership / Communications or Operations

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What does the Strategic Leadership/Communication track cover?

Having a solid foundational knowledge of the clinical trial process is paramount, but sometimes it’s the soft skills that can make all the difference. This track focuses on the intangibles that define effective leaders — the little things you do that may go unnoticed but can yield the biggest results.

Courses in the Strategic Leadership/Communications track can help you:

  • Increase your understanding of successful managerial concepts and how you can apply them in your organization
  • Learn effective negotiation, team building and conflict resolution strategies
  • Communicate more effectively by enhancing your business writing and presentation skills

How many credits are required?

The online MS in Clinical Research Management consists of 13 courses totaling 35 credit hours. You can complete the entire curriculum in as few as 20 months. The program includes:

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

Strategic Leadership/Communications track courses

Strategic Leadership/Communications Track Courses

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

Admission requirements

Our online MS in Clinical Research Management is designed for working professionals who aspire to build on their knowledge base to help 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).

Learn more about our online MS in Clinical Research Management