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MS in Clinical Research

Why Clinical Research?

Clinical Research is a component of healthcare science that focuses on the safety and efficacy of medications, diagnostics, and medical treatments. There is a nationally recognized need for trained clinical researchers: as of October 29, 2014, there were over 177,000 clinical trials worldwide, with approximately 46% located in the United States (National Institute of Health Clinical Trials, In order to address the complex medical and dental issues facing the US and international community, a trained clinical research workforce is critical to ensure that research is aligned with the highest scientific, ethical, and regulatory standards.

Master's of Science in Clinical Research

Created in 2001 and updated in 2016, the MS program in Clinical Research is designed to produce competent clinical researchers through a unique educational experience consisting of clinical research methodology, epidemiology and biostatistics, ethical and regulatory principles, and evidence-based healthcare. Students enrolled in the MS program come from varied professional backgrounds from across the world, including foreign and US trained dentists and physicians, pharmaceutical industry employees, academics, and students enrolled in PhD programs such as Basic Science. Graduates of the MS program in Clinical Research have obtained positions in academia, industry, and government institutions or have pursued professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, and public health. Since inception, the MS program has graduated over 150 students.

The MS in Clinical Research is an intensive, one-year, 30 credit MS degree program. The program can be taken on a part-time basis, requiring two years of study. The program consists of 24 credits of classroom coursework and 6 credits of a supervised research experience in either a clinical or academic setting. Students interested in a part-time course sequence should contact the program administrator.

FALL SEMESTER – 13 credit hours

Fundamentals of Clinical Trials I (3)
Data Management (2)
Epidemiology (3)
Federal Regulations/Agencies (2)
Clinical Research Practicum I (3)

J-TERM – 3 credit hours

Evidence-Based Healthcare (3)

SPRING SEMESTER – 14 credit hours

Clinical Trials II (3)
Biostatistics (3)
Bioethics and IRB (2)
Grant Writing (3)
Clinical Research Practicum II (3)

The MS program is offered in the department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and includes renowned faculty drawn from both academia and industry. Our faculty are experts in clinical research and consist of physicians, dentists, epidemiologists, and biostatisticians that bring a breadth of knowledge to the classroom experience.


Ryan Richard Ruff, MPH, PhD


Richard Niederman, DMD

Ananda P. Dasanayake, MPH, PhD, FACE

Ralph Katz, DMD, MPH, PhD, FACE

Frederick G. More, DDS

Stefanie Russell, DDS, MPH, PhD


Mal Janal, PhD

James T. Nissell

Rashmi Shrestha

Please visit the Financial Aid Disclosure page to learn more.

Tuition and other fees for the MS Program in Clinical Research follow the same fee schedule set by the graduate program in the NYU College of Arts & Sciences. For per-credit tuition and fees, please visit the Master's Programs Tuition and Fees page.

The graduate program in Clinical Research has a diverse student body. Each year, our classes are comprised of students from across the world. All international students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the admissions cycle of the expected year of attendance (November through May 15th).

Upon acceptance in the program, all international students are required to submit their AFCOE (visa application) no later than May 15th of the year they wish to attend the program. AFCOE applications received after this date will be processed for the following academic year. For more information see website for the Office of Global Services.

For more information and all issues regarding visa applications, please contact:

Office of Global Services
New York University
561 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY, 10012-1402

(212) 998-4720
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Program Contact Information

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

Ryan Richard Ruff, MPH, PhD
Director, MS Program in Clinical Research
(212) 998-9663