MSCI is an innovative, one- to five-year program that prepares young investigators for academic careers in clinical research. Available in full- or part-time formats.

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) at Washington University is an innovative, 33-credit program that provides scholars with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in clinical research and the academic environment.

Housed in the Clinical Research Training Center, the MSCI is the largest master’s degree program at Washington University School of Medicine. The MSCI student body represents over 15 different departments and 45 divisions within Washington University School of Medicine. WU has awarded over 200 MSCI degrees since 2006.

Applications are due November 1st for a January start date, and April 15th for Summer or Fall start date.

Program overview

The MSCI combines didactic coursework with a substantive research project, weekly seminars, and a formal mentorship program. Scholars gain knowledge in the core competencies of clinical research and investigation, including study design, research implementation, statistical analysis, scientific communication, literature critique, leadership, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and rigor and reproducibility, as well as opportunities for community engagement relevant to MDs, PhDs, and doctoral students from diverse disciplines. 

Individuals who participate in a CRTC training program are eligible to pursue the MSCI degree as their didactic course of study and do not need to complete a separate application. The MSCI is also available as a stand-alone program to individuals not participating in a CRTC training program.

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Make your degree your own with two thesis options and four concentrations:

  • Clinical Investigation
  • Translational Medicine
  • Genomics/Genetics
  • Dissemination and Implementation


Coursework includes classes in research design and epidemiology, statistics, ethics, professional writing and grant writing.

Tailor your degree to your research needs and interests with additional elective credits.


Tuition for the 2024-2025 Academic Year is $1,525 per credit for Medical School Graduate Programs. New tuition rates always begin on July 1 of each year.

Program benefits

  • Regular full-time Washington University employees are eligible for the university tuition remissions program.
  • Multidisciplinary mentors and leaders who guide research projects and encourage career development activities.
  • Monthly career development sessions offer an opportunity to learn best practices in key topics for academic careers.
  • Access to the Clinical Research Training Center and its resources.
  • Evening courses, accommodating full- or part-time enrollment for scholars. 
  • Scholars have an opportunity to complete the degree anytime between 1-5 years, though typically degrees are awarded within 2-3 years.

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