Programs in Clinical Investigation

Boston University’s programs in Clinical Investigation aim to meet the needs of health professionals engaged in the full-spectrum of patient-oriented research. We offer both master’s degree and certificate programs to individuals seeking careers in clinical research in industry or academic settings.

Clinical Investigation program offerings:

About the MS in Clinical Investigation Program (MSCI)

Located in Boston’s South End at the Boston University School of Medicine, the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation Program (MSCI) has been in existence since 2001. As an entity of BUSM, students are provided with opportunities and are exposed to resources that are part of the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston Medical Center, two VA Administrations, and BioSquare.  All of this offers students endless opportunities for personal, academic and professional development.

The MSCI program teaches students the scientific fundamentals of human research. Courses in our curriculum provide an in-depth look at all of the key elements in clinical investigation, including: trial design, trial management, biostatistics, ethical issues, and clinical research regulations. Other courses cover how basic science discoveries translate into clinical investigation and new therapies. The total course requirement is 32 credit hours: 18 hours are required curriculum; 14 hours are elective courses. Students will also complete a research “practicum”; a hands-on involvement in a clinical research project under a scientific mentor. The final requirement for the degree is to conduct clinical research, write, and present a research thesis.

Who is this program designed for?

The MSCI program is designed for anyone interested in a career in clinical research. This includes those with MD or PhD degrees interested in becoming independent principal investigators, as well as those with bachelors or masters degrees who seek advancement in a research career in industry or academic settings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the MS in Clinical Investigation, students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct clinical research, analyze results and answer a research question.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read and critique the clinical research literature.
  3. Present clinical research findings (from literature or their own research) to peers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide students with a rigorous academic experience, and hands-on exposure to and practical experience in clinical research. MSCI graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as competently trained clinical research professionals.

We hope that the information you receive about our program encourages you to pursue your graduate degree in clinical investigation with us. If you are interested, click here to get your application started.

Contact Us

If you would like to visit our campus or have any questions about our program, please contact Jenna Luca at We look forward to meeting and/or speaking with you!

Janice Weinberg, ScD
Director, MS in Clinical Investigation; Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Stacey Hess Pino, MS, MS
Assistant Director, MS in Clinical Investigation; Director, Graduate Certificate Programs in Clinical Investigation; Instructor, Department of Medical Sciences & Education