Master of Science in Research Administration and Compliance

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2022 Priority Deadline: November 4, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Regular Deadline: December 9, 2021

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 highly skilled leaders. 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

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Career Prospects

According to, typical salaries for research administration managers across the U.S. range between $75,875 and $137,189 per year. Similarly, compliance managers can earn between $75,420 and $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

  • Spring 2022 Priority Deadline: November 4, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Regular Deadline: December 9, 2021
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Recent News About Master of Science in Research Administration and Compliance

Guiding Principles for the Profession of Research Administration

June 23, 2021


Jim Casey, a faculty member in the CUNY SPS MS in Research Administration and Compliance program, discusses the guiding principles for the research administration profession in this video posted on the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) YouTube channel.
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Debra Schaller-Demers Receives Teaching Excellence Award

February 16, 2021

Debra Schaller-Demers, an adjunct lecturer in the MS in Research Administration and Compliance program, has received the 2021 CUNY SPS Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

Holly Osborne

Mastering Research Administration and Compliance at CUNY SPS: Meet Holly Osborne

February 25, 2020


One of the strengths of CUNY SPS is the breadth of the online degree programs offered to students. When Holly Osborne, an alumna now living in the Bay Area, discovered the online MS in Research Administration and Compliance program, she knew it was the right fit for her. As Gothamist learned when speaking with Holly, the diverse classes and student population have continued to engage her throughout her CUNY experience.
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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...