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MS in Clinical Research

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There is a nationally recognized shortage of adequately trained clinical researchers. To set the context for future clinical research activities, the NIH convened a Director's Panel in the late 1990s. They recognized the state of clinical research as a national problem and made certain recommendations. These recommendations included improving the quality of clinical research training, initiating training programs to attract students into clinical research careers, and educating the public about the importance of clinical research.

NIH Roadmap clearly identifies that in order to provide 21st century medicine; we need expanding medical/dental advances. To support such advances, a trained clinical research workforce is needed who will take research from bench-to-bedside or chair side. As of April, 2013, globally, there were 144,219 clinical trials listed on the National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials Web site ( Over 75,104 of these trials were in North America (68,444 in the U.S.). We need trained clinical research personnel at all levels to conduct these studies using the highest scientific, ethical and regulatory standards. In keeping with this growing need, New York University College of Dentistry initiated the Clinical Research Training Program in 2000.



We offer two graduate programs in clinical research. The first is a two-year MS program and the second, a one-year Certificate Program.

Eligible applicants for these programs are individuals from academia and industry with backgrounds in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health professions or those who possess a minimum of a BA or a BS degree. Tuition for the program is according to the standard per credit tuition fee for the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. Visit 


Together with the hands-on experience in clinical research provided through the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research and other sites such as the NYU School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, and potential industry sites, MS students enrolled in the program are exposed to a wide array of topics (not limited to dental studies) related to clinical research in 5 different tracks (Clinical Research Track, Data Management Track, Academic Career Track, Quality Assurance Track, and Biological Assays Related to Clinical Research Track)

This program is approved by New York University and the New York State Department of Education.  

The Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree is a two-year full-time program (or a 4 year part-time program) with 12 -14 credit hours of course work per semester. The MS degree has a total of 50 credit hours.  


For more information, please contact:
Juliana Cools
Program Coordinator
(212) 998-9934


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