Did You Know??


1. The field of clinical investigation offers a growing variety of career opportunities depending on your interests, skills, and goals.  This was one area of the market that was not seemingly affected by the downturn in the economy.

2. There is a tremendous need for trained clinical research professionals in the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical device industries as well as clinical research organizations (CRO), site management organizations (SMO), academia and consulting.

3. All of the core, required courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate those individuals who work full time.

4. The MSCI program can be attended on a part-time [11 credits or less], or a full-time [12 – 18 credits] basis, and those who attend part-time can usually complete the program in 2 – 3 years, while those students who attend full-time can complete the program in 18 months.

5. The MSCI program is part of the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences in the Boston University’s School of Medicine.  Within the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences there are 12 graduate programs from which to choose your electives.

6. MSCI students are allowed to take up to 1 course outside the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, which could include courses in the School of Public Health, or at the Dental School.

7. In addition to the MSCI program, students have the option to obtain a dual degree in clinical investigation and medical sciences [which is an attractive degree for those seeking to apply to medical school], an online graduate certificate in clinical investigation, or a live graduate certificate in clinical investigation.

8. The core courses in the MSCI program are taught by instructors who have experience in both the academic arena of research, and the industry side of research.  Currently, two of the 5 core courses are co-taught – each with an instructor from academia, and from industry.

9. Completion of the MSCI program qualifies you to sit for several of the clinical research certification exams offered by the Asociation of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicans and Investigators.

10. The students in the MSCI program come from all areas of the world, with a vast array of backgrounds.

  • Approximately 1/3 of our students are physicians.
  • Approximately 90% of our students work full time and attend MSCI on a part-time basis.
  • Approximately 5% of our students attend MSCI right out of undergraduate school.
  • Approximately 30% of our students are International Students from areas of the world including:  India, Pakistan, Columbia, China, Canada, Russia, and Malaysia just to name a few.