Clinical Research, Graduate Certificate

Clinical research is the fastest-growing discipline in the burgeoning medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Keeping pace with the ever-increasing body of knowledge and new regulatory procedures generated by advances in clinical research is critical to career success.

Boston University’s online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research—designed and offered by BU’s School of Medicine—is an opportunity for clinical researchers, health professionals, and those interested in clinical research to gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific fundamentals of human research. Courses in the curriculum provide an in-depth look at a number of the key elements in clinical research, including: trial design and conduct, clinical research regulations, good clinical practices of research, and the critical evaluation of clinical research in the medical literature.

Upon completion, students will have developed essential skills and understanding involving the elements and importance of good clinical research design, implementation, and practices. Clinical and health professionals of all varieties—including physicians, research nurses study coordinators, managers in clinical research and site management, and professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries, as well as CRO and SMO organizations—will benefit from this opportunity to earn a graduate certificate from Boston University’s School of Medicine, a leading research institution.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research?

  • Earn a graduate certificate from Boston University’s School of Medicine, a leading research institution.
  • Complete a valuable professional credential in just four full semesters of study.
  • Increase skills and knowledge in clinical investigation.
  • Qualify to sit for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) Clinical Research Coordinator exam.


Boston University offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the Tuition & Fees page.


Students can apply a portion of the credits earned in Boston University’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research program toward a Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR). (Note: The MSCR program is comprised of campus-based courses and is not available in an online format.)


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