MS in Clinical Research

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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

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)
Scientific Writing (3)
Clinical Research Practicum II (3)

Applicants to the MS program must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (or qualifying foreign institution). In addition, evidence of strong quantitative skills and computer literacy are critical to successful completion of the program. In submitting your application, the following items are required:

  • A completed online application
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended
  • An ECE course-by-course evaluation if the applicant conferred their bachelor’s degree at a qualifying foreign institution
  • GRE is optional; however, we reserve the right to request it as part of the application process.
  • For non-U.S. applicants where English is not the official language, TOEFL scores are required
  • An updated CV/resume
  • A one-page statement of purpose describing career goals/aspirations
  •  Minimum of two letters of recommendation (either academic or professional)
  • Application fee of $100 (*See information below for Application Fee Waiver Policy)

The deadline for priority consideration for completed applications is April 1st. The admissions committee will review completed applications submitted after that date on a case by case basis, subject to availability. Applicants may be invited for interviews. Applicants will generally be notified of the admission decision within three to five weeks after submission.

NOTE: All foreign credentials must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators. The course-by-course document is required. For further information, contact the program coordinator.


NYU College of Dentistry is committed to recruiting a diverse student body. Fee waivers for the NYU College of Dentistry application fee are granted based on one of the following criteria:

  • Financial hardship
  • U.S. military members / U.S. veterans
  • Teach for America alumni

To request an application fee waiver for the MS program, please submit a request in writing to prior to submitting your application.

The request should include your full name and program for which you are applying, along with the following documents:

  • Copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) for financial hardship, or
  • Documentation of service if you meet the other criteria

If you have been out of school and do not have a SAR, you may send a copy of your most recent tax return (form 1040). Please include all pages of the tax form.

We will notify you via email once your request for an application fee waiver has been approved.

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

Tuition and fees for the MS Program in Clinical Research can be found on the Bursar’s web site. Go to the 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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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