Master of Science in Research Administration and Compliance

Format: Online

Research administration and compliance expertise is needed across a diverse group of organizations, including academic institutions, research institutes and centers, hospitals, clinics, and the pharmaceutical industry. Each step within the life cycle of research is governed by complex regulations that overlap in their functions, and require high-level expertise to integrate concepts, policy requirements, and ethical considerations to assess, improve, and develop research programs. 

The MS in Research Administration and Compliance online degree program creates a clear, attainable career path for research administration and compliance staff to become competent, highly skilled leaders in a short amount of time. The program guides professionals to make effective business decisions for their research enterprises by focusing on the following areas:

  • Financial stewardship of research funds
  • Ethical and compliant conduct of research
  • Clinical research administration and compliance
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Organizational behavior and leadership

Career Prospects

According to PayScale.com, Research Administration Managers across the U.S. earned, on average, $75,875 per year and upwards of $137,189 per year. Similarly, Compliance Managers earned, on average, $75,420 per year and upwards of $115,467 per year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for research administrators and compliance officers to grow by 9.9% and 8.2%, respectively, by 2026.

Students graduating from the MS in Research Administration and Compliance program can expect to become administrators at academic institutions, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. With sufficient experience, graduates can aim to become leaders holding senior executive positions within these areas. Numerous and diverse career positions within these sectors include, but are not limited to: Contracts and Compliance Manager, Director of Sponsored Programs, Executive Director of Clinical Research Administration, Vice President or Vice Provost for Research Administration and/or Compliance, Research Program Manager, Grants Administrator, Clinical Research Quality Assurance Director, Research Finance and Post Award Administrator, Research Compliance Officer.

NCURA Education Scholarship Fund

The Education Scholarship Fund awards $2,500 scholarships to research administrators who have been National Council of University Research Administration members for at least one year and who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in research administration.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. An individual interview may be necessary.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2020 are due by December 16, 2019

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Recent News About Master of Science in Research Administration and Compliance

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CUNY SPS Launches Online Graduate Research Administration and Compliance Programs

February 01, 2018

Fall 2018, the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) will launch the first online MS in Research Administration and Compliance degree program in the country. The degree will create a clear and attainable career path for research administration and compliance staff to become competent, highly skilled leaders within these fields in a short period of time.