Academic Programs Catalog

College of Human Medicine

Clinical Research Trials Management - Graduate Certificate (this program is in moratorium effective Fall 2016 through Spring 2024)

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Trials Management is a collaborative program offered by Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University. The program is offered only online and designed for experienced clinical researchers seeking additional course work or preparation for entering a clinical research trials career.  


To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Trials Management, students must:
  1. have a bachelor’s or advanced degree.
  2. submit official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  3. provide three letters of recommendation.
  4. submit a personal essay describing interest or experience in clinical trials research and career goals.
  5. provide a resume or curriculum vitae.

International students must also:

  1. submit evidence of English language proficiency verified by an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  2. provide proof of funding if requesting an I-20.

Students who have been admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at either University must notify both the graduate studies office and the program coordinator if they intend to seek this certificate in addition to the program for which they have been admitted.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Trials Management

Students must complete 12 credits from the following courses:

From Michigan State University, both of the following courses:

HM         868         Integrated Research Study Design and Informatics (3)
PHM       659         Regulatory Affairs and Project Management in Clinical Research (3)

From Grand Valley State University, the following course:

PSM       650         Ethics and Professionalism in Applied Science (3)

From Grand Valley State University, one of the following courses:

AHS       692         Clinical Research Trials Capstone (3)
PA         535         Grant Writing (3)
STA       610         Applied Statistics for Health Professionals (3)

Students who do not have two or more years of professional experience related to clinical trials research are advised to select AHS 692 as part of their program of study. If selected, AHS 692 must be taken after completion of at least two of the required courses and may be taken concurrently with the third required course.

Transfer Credit

Because of the collaborative nature of this program, the courses listed above are the only courses that can be used to satisfy the requirements of this certificate. Courses from institutions other than Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University cannot be used in this certificate program. The certificate awarded to students will include the following statement: Collaborative Program of Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University.