Course Requirements for Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

Students in the MSCI Program complete a structured series of courses, seminars, and workshops related to the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical research. The core curriculum is enhanced with presentations by invited speakers, a monthly journal club, research conferences, and extensive contact with their mentors. 

Students must satisfactorily complete a total of 44 - 48 credits to obtain the Master’s Degree. This includes 27 credits in the core curriculum, six credits in elective courses, and 11 -15 credits for the satisfactory completion of their thesis research. Students complete the majority of their course work during their first academic year. 

In the second year, students take elective courses and complete independent research and a thesis project with an approved faculty mentor and advisor. Students also attend a bi-weekly study design course and journal club to augment their study design, practical, and analytical skills. 

For the satisfactory completion of a thesis, students must design a research project, develop a formal proposal, perform the described study, and prepare a scholarly scientific paper on the principal study findings. The thesis must be relevant to the student’s concentration track and written in the format of an article suitable for submission to a scientific journal. The initial thesis project, and final write-up of the research project must be approved by the student’s Thesis Committee which is comprised of three faculty members from the GSBS. 

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