MSc in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine

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MSc in Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

Division of Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine

Thank you for your interest in the Magistr in Clinical Investigation Program (MSCI) within the Boston University School of Medicine. Located in the South End of Boston, the program has been in existence since 2001. As an entity of BUSM, students are provided with opportunities and are exposed to resources that are part of the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston Medical Center, two VA Administrations, and BioSquare. All of this offers students endless opportunities for personal, academic and professional development.

The MSCI program teaches students the scientific fundamentals of human research. Courses in our curriculum provide an in-depth look at all of the key elements in clinical investigation, including trial design, trial management, biostatistics, ethical issues, and clinical research regulations. Other courses cover how basic science discoveries translate into clinical investigation and new therapies. The total course requirement is 32 credit hours: 18 hours are required curriculum; 14 hours are elective courses. Students will also complete a research “practicum”; a hands-on involvement in a clinical research project under a scientific mentor. The final requirement for the degree is to conduct clinical research, write, and present a research thesis.

The Magistr in Clinical Investigation [MSCI] is a rigorous program that meets the needs of health professionals engaged in the full-spectrum of patient-oriented research. This flexible degree program is designed for a variety of professionals including physicians who will plan and oversee translational research and clinical trials; research nurses; study coordinators; managers in clinical research and site management organizations (CROs and SROs); and professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries.

The program consists of 3 components to fulfill the degree requirements:

Who is this program designed for?

The MSCI program is designed for anyone interested in a career in clinical research. This includes those with M.D. or Ph.D. degrees interested in becoming independent principal investigators, as well as those with bachelors or masters degrees who seek advancement in a research career in industry or academic settings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the MS in Clinical Investigation, students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct clinical research, analyze results and answer a research question.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read and critique the clinical research literature.
  3. Present clinical research findings (from literature or their own research) to peers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide students with a rigorous academic experience, and hands-on exposure to and practical experience in clinical research. MSCI graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as competently trained clinical research professionals.

We hope that the information you receive about our program encourages you to pursue your graduate degree in clinical investigation with us. If you are interested, click here to get your application started.

Required Courses

  • **GMS CI 675 Designing Clinical Research Studies
  • GMS CI 631 Management of Clinical Trials
  • GMS CI 640 Regulatory and Compliance Issues
  • GMS CI 670 Biostatistics with Computing
  • GMS CI 790 Seminar in Clinical Investigation
  • GMS CI 791, 792 Clinical Investigation Practicum

Elective Courses

A minimum of 14 credits is required in elective coursework: A wide variety of courses offered in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences will count toward elective credit. A minimum of 14 credits must be taken as electives, directed study or practicum. Up to 4 credits may be taken as the practicum. Please ensure that your electives are approved by your academic adviser before registering for them.

**Please note, these are just some of the many electives offered through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and BUSM that previous MSCI students have taken. A wide variety of research

  • GMS CI 660 Good Clinical Practices in Clinical Research
  • GMS CI 680 Ethical Issues in Clinical Research
  • GMS CI 671 Applied regression analysis with Computing
  • GMS CI 793 Professionalism & Thesis Development
  • GMS CI 691 or 692 Directed Studies in Clinical Investigation
  • GMS CI 801 or 802 Thesis Research in Clinical Investigation
  • GMS MS 621 Bench to Bedside: Translating Biomedical Innovation from Laboratory to the Marketplace
  • GMS MM 710 Molecules to Molecular Therapeutics
  • GMS AN 715 Professional Skills for Students in the Biomedical Sciences
  • GMS PM 730 Introduction to Medical Pharmacology
  • GMS PM 800 Advanced General Pharmacology
  • GMS PM 881 Drug Discovery and Development
  • GMS MS 793 Fundamentals of Medical Biotechnology

it is recommended that you submit your application by June 30th for Fall (September) admission and October 15th for Spring (January) admission.

Full-Time Tuition (12-18 credits) $50,980

The program, if attended full time, can be completed in 1 academic year including summers. It is more common for full-time students to complete the program in 18 months.

This school offers programs in:
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Poslední aktualizace January 17, 2018
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Datum začátku
Led. 2019
Délka trvání
12 - 18 měsíců
Denní studium
50,980 USD
Spojené státy americké - Boston, Massachusetts, MA
Datum začátku: Led. 2019
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