Dual Degree in Medical Sciences and Clinical Research

Dual Degree Program in Medical Sciences and Clinical Research

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine‘s MS in Medical Sciences and MS in Clinical Research (formerly known as Clinical Investigation) are two of its most successful master’s degree programs offered through Graduate Medical Sciences. This dual degree program was created due to demand, following a review of curricula, student interests and goals and emerging careers for professionals with a background in the medical sciences and clinical research.

The dual degree program was designed for students who plan to pursue careers in the areas of academic medicine, health, and clinical research in either an academic or industry setting. Many students in our Medical Sciences Program take Clinical Research courses as electives to gain a clinical research background prior to attending medical school. Other students elect to pursue the dual MS in Medical Sciences and MS in Clinical Research to pursue clinical research-related career opportunities in academic institutions or in pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device industries.  The dual degree option allows students to gain training that will serve them well as clinician-researchers.

Students completing the Program will be awarded a Master of Science Degree in Medical Sciences and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Research.


The 50-credit Dual Degree Program in Medical Science and Clinical Research offers complementary curricula with a strong background in the medical sciences, and research design and implementation. In addition to core course work, graduates will develop fine-tuned clinical research skills as part of their successful completion of the practicum and capstone project. The curriculum can be modified to meet specific student needs.

Program Overview:

  • Includes curricula in medical sciences and the key elements in clinical research offered in a dynamic hospital and medical school environment.
  • Designed as a two-year full-time experience although accommodations can be made for students who need more time to complete the dual degree.
  • Senior faculty with clinical and research expertise will both instruct and mentor students throughout the program.
  • A capstone project, completed during the second year of the program, is designed to demonstrate research skills.
  • Students will also complete 240 hours of a clinical practicum in either an academic institution or in industry.