Master's Degree in Clinical Research

The Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research is a two-year course of study intended for graduate and professional students, clinical residents, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members who wish to master clinical research methods and pursue independent research careers.

Clinical research is defined broadly as any research where individual human beings or groups of human beings are the unit of observation. This includes patient-orientated, translational, epidemiologic, comparative effectiveness, behavioral, outcomes, or health services research.



Program graduates are poised to work in a variety of research settings, including universities, public health departments, foundations, and private industry. Regardless of setting, the Master's Degree Program strives to train individuals will will become leaders of research efforts and teams.

Course work extends beyond that which is required for the ATCR Certificate Program to include instruction in advanced epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and specialized topics such as qualitative research, medical informatics, molecular methods in clinical research, and decision and cost-effectiveness analysis. A focused track in implementation science is also available for students pursuing careers in the translation of evidence into practice.

In addition to coursework, requirements include:

  • A comprehensive review of the literature in the scholar's field
  • Presentation of original work at a national scientific meeting
  • Publication of a peer-reviewed manuscript
  • Instructional experience in clinical research

Scholars will work closely with mentors in their home departments and preceptors chosen from the TICR program faculty. The Master's Degree Program can either be taken as a stand-alone educational program or as a stepping stone to a more advanced degree such as the UCSF Ph.D. Program in Epidemiology and Translational Sciences.

For more information:

Master's in Clinical Research Fact Sheet
Master's in Clinical Research FAQ