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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs.

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Ensure Medications, Medical Devices, Vaccines and Treatments Are Safe and Effective

Prepare to contribute to clinical research studies that promote global well-being with the online programs from George Washington University (GW). Our flexible online courses focus on the knowledge and skills needed to administer or regulate research initiatives in the medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and health care sectors. You can also develop the expertise to ensure processes follow laws and compliance standards, learning from faculty with experience at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

GW is an institutional member of the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research (CoAPCR), indicating the quality of our online programs. Complete the form to learn more about the online program that fits your goals and interests.

Continue your education online with GW to benefit from distinguished connections and career-aligned learning opportunities that foster success in the health sciences. While studying online, you will receive the same benefits and education as our on-campus students, joining an ever-expanding alumni community dedicated to discoveries that can make the world a better place.

Degrees and Certificates That Support Your Success

Our online programs prepare you for a spectrum of careers in clinical research and regulatory affairs. Select the degree or certificate that fits your goals, with the option to seek your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a dual program.


In this online program, you can develop skills for conducting and evaluating research rooted in biomedical science, clinical administration, community health, and health policy. The clinical and translational research courses prepare you to influence best practices for bringing emerging medical science findings into effective patient treatments.


With this online program, professionals in clinical research and related fields can build their knowledge of drug development and clinical trial conduct while gaining business, ethical, and legal perspectives on clinical research. Pursue this master’s degree to prepare to lead the business and science of clinical research.


This online program focuses on all aspects of regulatory strategy, guidance, and compliance while reinforcing the science behind regulatory methods. You will prepare to manage key elements of regulatory processes in various industries, developing expertise for careers with governmental agencies and consultancies worldwide.


Develop expertise to become the primary clinical research investigator on multi-site projects. After acquiring this graduate certificate online, you will have the opportunity to transfer your credits to the MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research program.


This online program will prepare you to be a strategic leader who drives success for health care or research organizations. You will also get the opportunity to transfer your credits into the MSHS in Clinical Research Administration program after acquiring your certificate.


Capitalize on foundational courses in clinical research, health informatics, epidemiology, and biostatistics to prepare for evidence-based practice as a principal or co-investigator in clinical research. You will learn to conduct clinical trials according to applicable laws, regulations, and institutional policies governing research.


GW developed this online program in collaboration with regulatory affairs at the FDA, NIH, and beyond to prepare graduates as business leaders in regulatory strategy locally and abroad. After attaining this graduate certificate, you will have the opportunity to transfer your credits to the MSHS in Regulatory Affairs program.


Accelerate your career with this online dual degree program. Combine the work of earning your BSHS and MSHS to save time on your path to a career in health care. With the skills you’ll gain in this online clinical research administration program, you’ll be ready to participate in clinical trial conduct that protects patients by addressing ethical and legal considerations in product development and contributing to innovative medical research.


Our multi-level, dual-degree online learning option provides an accelerated format for earning your BSHS in Clinical Research Administration and an MSHS in Regulatory Affairs. This program combines the work for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, helping you acquire both in less time.


In this online dual degree program, you’ll learn to address ethical and cultural health care considerations through coursework in clinical research processes, clinical practices, health equity, issues in bioethics, clinical and translational research, and the management of clinical trials. Due to its rigor, this dual degree program is ideal for motivated, high-performing, and experienced students.


In this rigorous online dual degree program, you’ll study clinical research processes, good clinical practices, health equity, issues in bioethics, foundations in translational research, team science and research collaboration, and more. Clinically experienced educators lead online courses to help you build skills for researching and ensuring the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, devices, diagnostics, and treatment regimens.


Develop skills and expertise for contributing to the growing field of clinical research as you prepare to make a lasting impact on health care. This online program provides qualifications for supporting clinical trials, enabling you to help ensure potential new therapeutics, devices, and treatments follow regulations and are safe and effective.

Join a Tradition of Excellence in the Health Sciences

Founded in 1824, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences was the first medical school in the nation’s capital. Today, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities through online programs that promote inclusion, service, and advocacy.

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The Flexibility to Thrive in Class and Your Career

GW offers an innovative learning experience, delivering world-class programs that you can complete entirely online. We designed our classes for flexibility, allowing you to gain expertise for advancing your career when and where is convenient for you. Throughout your online program, you’ll benefit from our supportive faculty-to-student ratio and online resources that make it easier to interact with your peers and instructors.

Courses for Aspiring Clinical Research Professionals

GW’s online courses immerse you in advanced concepts that enable you to support and oversee clinical research and compliance processes. Our expert faculty members lead classes examining clinical trial research, good clinical practices, health equity, and other essential research concepts. You can choose from career-aligned degrees or certificates that match your goals and build the specialized expertise you need to achieve them. We also offer dual degrees that pair an undergraduate clinical research education with graduate degrees in regulatory affairs, bioinformatics, and clinical and translational research.

Careers at the Intersection of Research and Regulation

The value of the clinical trials market is projected to top $69 billion in 2028.5 That growth could fuel clinical research and regulatory hiring, and GW’s online programs can prepare you to thrive in these roles. Gain the expertise needed to support the development or oversight of medical devices, health treatments, and clinical research studies. Our graduates possess qualifications for work with government research organizations, academic medical centers, and biotech companies.

10 In-Demand Careers for GW Graduates

  • Regulatory affairs manager: $106,095 per year6
  • Clinical trial manager: $101,578 per year7
  • Clinical operations manager: $84,921 per year8
  • Quality manager: $82,726 per year9
  • Clinical research manager: $78,454 per year10
  • Clinical informatics specialist: $77,893 per year11
  • Clinical data manager: $75,462 per year12
  • Regulatory affairs specialist: $70,719 per year13
  • Clinical research associate: $69,022 per year14
  • Regulatory compliance officer: $60,522 per year15

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** The total number of credits and program duration depend on the number of transferred credits.