Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a Clinical Research Trials Management Graduate Certificate in a completely online program curriculum. The program is geared towards clinical researchers who are preparing to enter a clinical research trials career or are looking for further course work.

Application for this program includes a bachelor’s degree, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, a personal essay that includes a career goals statement, and a resume. Those who are international students must also provide English language proficiency evidence by submitting TOEFL results, and proof of funding if they are requesting an I-20. Transfer students may not use other courses to satisfy requirements for this course.

To complete this certificate program, students will complete 12 credit hours. Required courses include Integrated Research Study Design and Informatics, Regulatory Affairs and Project Management in Clinical Research, and Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science. The first two courses are offered from Michigan State University, while the third will be from Grand Valley State University. Students will then choose one of the following courses from Grand Valley State University: Clinical Research Trials Capstone, Grant Writing, or Applied Statistics for Health Professionals. Students who do not have at least two years of professional experience in clinical trials research are encouraged to take the Clinical Research Trials Capstone course.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools


    Students must have a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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