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An advanced degree in a clinical health science (or two years of medical school) from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission as a degree candidate (Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research),  an Academic Core in Clinical Research Certificate or as a non-degree student.


Applicants may apply to the program as degree candidates, certificate candidates or as non-degree candidates.  All applicants must complete the on line application.


The degree option leads to a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research, a professional degree awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine. The degree requires 24 credits of graded coursework plus a research project for which 12 units of credit are given. Five courses (CRP 241, 242, 245, 253, and 254) constitute 16 credits that are required for all degree candidates (see Course Descriptions – hyperlinked).

The student’s clinical research activities provide the setting and the data for the project, which serves to demonstrate the student’s competence in the use of quantitative methods in clinical research. The program is designed for part-time study, which allows the fellow / student to integrate the programs' academic training with his or her clinical training. Additional information about academic policies for the Clinical Research Training Program and the Duke University School of Medicine is found in the School of Medicine's Bulletin.

Applicants seeking admission as a degree candidate must submit the following documents:

  • CV. A current curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Transcripts. An official transcript from each graduate school, including medical school transcripts, must be sent to Duke University's Clinical Research Training Program directly by the institution. Personal copies of your records are not acceptable.
  • Letter of Recommendation.  A letter of recommendation is required. It should be written by someone qualified to testify to your capacity for graduate work. The form may be accessed from the online application.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). CRTP requires that any applicant whose first language is not English and does not hold a bachelors or higher degree from an English speaking Institution must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Test scores must not more than two years old and an official copy must be sent to Duke University.

Certificate (Academic Core in Clinical Research Certificate):

Qualified applicants who successfully complete the five (5) required courses which constitute the core foundation for the full degree program: CRP 241, 242, 245, 253, and 254 will receive the Academic Core in Clinical Research awarded by the Duke University School of Medicine.  Certificate applicants must submit the application form and provide a CV as outlined above in the degree section.


The courses in the program are also available to qualified individuals who want to acquire specific skills but who may not want to pursue the masters degree or the program certificate.  This option allows the flexibility of taking various combinations of courses subject only to constraints imposed by course prerequisites. Non-Degree applicants must submit the application form and provide a CV.

Costs & Financing

Tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $827 per credit. Some faculty members are eligible for the University's Educational Assistance Program. Other sources of support exist in some clinical departments; prospective participants should consult with program directors and division chiefs regarding potential funding sources.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications for priority review is April 15. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space available basis. Priority Review applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by June 1. Regular review applicants will be notified of admission decisions on a rolling basis after that date.

Application correspondence may be sent by US mail to:

Clinical Research Training Program
Box 2734, Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710

or by overnight package delivery company (e.g., FedEx, UPS, DHL) to:

Clinical Research Training Program (919-681-4560)
Hock Plaza, Suite G06
2424 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27705

Applicants will be notified of admission decisions not later than June 1. Materials submitted in support of an application will not be released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.

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Questions or additional information about the application process and requirements may be directed to the Clinical Research Training Program, Box 2734, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, (919) 681-4560 or by email to