Master of Science in Clinical Research

The Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program is a research training program designed specifically for U-M students in healthcare professional degree programs. Students take time out to complete an intensive, yearlong master’s program in clinical research. The degree is awarded by Rackham through the Department of Epidemiology in the U-M School of Public Health. The program is designed to fill a unique gap in the educational training for clinical and translational researchers by introducing students to clinical research early in their professional careers. Application deadline is December 16. Please see our admissions FAQ (PDF) for more details.

The program fully funds up to nine students per year who comply with NIH funding requirements. Talk to your current academic advisor to determine the best time to take a "year out" to complete this degree.


The MSCR curriculum consists of three components (total 38 credits):

  • A core didactic curriculum (28 credits)
  • A research practicum (6 credits)
  • Personalized course electives (4 credits)

Each component requires a significant commitment and includes clearly defined requirements. Trainees use the components as building blocks to craft a curriculum plan appropriate to their background and career goals.

For more information, contact:
Shannon Marshall, Admissions Coordinator
Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)