Master of Science in Clinical Affairs

Clinton P. and Caryl F.
Clinton P. and Caryl F. Class of 2019


Become a part of NU’s global alumni community.
The MS in Clinical Affairs program includes four-week classes.
National University is San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university.

Program Overview

On Campus

In the Master of Science in Clinical Affairs (MSCA) program, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the need for and the design, implementation, and management of clinical trials from a biomedical perspective. Throughout your clinical research courses, you’ll learn the global regulations, standards, and statutes required for the design, development, approval, performance, and reporting of clinical trials.

The clinical research degree program explores the latest in lectures, case studies, research, and articles associated with the global biomedical industry. Study materials include texts by regulatory and governmental agencies engaged in clinical trial research monitoring, coordination, and compliance. This program will prepare you with comprehensive knowledge of the field, the clinical life cycle, and the importance of careful data management. When you graduate, you’ll fully understand the critical role that clinical trial research plays in the development of biologic, device, and drug products, and be prepared to seek entry into this fulfilling field with confidence.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Employ the global regulations, standards, and GCPs involved in designing, implementing and managing clinical trials for biologics, medical devices, and drugs.
  • Apply knowledge of human rights obligations, the clinical life cycle, and adverse events to the design of a clinical trial.
  • Select and utilize standard biomedical clinical affairs operating policies, procedures, forms, templates, reports, and electronic records.
  • Design a methodology for a clinical trial with supportive data management and data analysis.
  • Write compliance documents for clinical trials.
  • Conduct a clinical trial regulatory audit/inspection.

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Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 165,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

100+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

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Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.