Master's Degree in Clinical Research

The Master in Advanced Studies 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 broadly defined as health-related research where people, as individuals or in groups, are the objects of observation. It includes patient-oriented, translational, epidemiologic, comparative effectiveness, behavioral, outcomes or health services research. 


Coursework for the Master in Advanced Studies degree extends beyond the requirements for the ATCR Certificate Program to include instruction in advanced epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and specialized topics such as causal inference, prediction science, molecular methods in clinical research, and decision and cost-effectiveness analysis. Students also conduct and publish original research with faculty support.


Two optional focused tracks exist within the MAS degree program. Scholars may choose to join one of these tracks at any time during their residence in the program:

The MAS degree program trains individuals to become effective leaders of research efforts and teams. Program graduates are prepared to work in a variety of research settings, including universities, public health departments, foundations and private industry. (The program is not intended for scholars who envision themselves primarily working in a wet laboratory.)


The master's degree program can be taken either as a stand-alone educational program or as a stepping stone to a more advanced degree such as the UCSF PhD Program in Epidemiology and Translational Sciences or to medical, dental, pharmacy or nursing school.