The Master of Science in research administration (MSRA) requires a minimum of 46 quarter credit hours (13 courses) of academic course work taken at the graduate level. All didactic courses will be completed using the Rush University learning management system (RULearning) for Web-based instruction. Also, included in the program are two practicum courses in an area of specialization and a final research project.
Students must choose an area of concentration in order to complete the practicum series. The overall aim of practicum courses is to introduce students to the roles and responsibilities in the following research administrative offices: sponsored projects, clinical trials management, research finance, research compliance, research integrity, intellectual property and technology transfer.
Following the initial practicum experience, which is designed to introduce students to working in each of these areas, students may then choose one of these areas for a second concentrated practicum experience: grants administration, project management, budget and fiscal management, compliance and audit, or intellectual property and technology transfer. If the student is enrolled part-time and currently employed in the research administration profession at an academic institution or research institute, the two practicum courses (MRA 596A and MRA 596B) may be completed at their current institution.
The capstone of the program will be the research project. Through the research project, students will increase their knowledge of the discipline, promote interdisciplinary collaboration and advance the science and practice of research administration by providing a link between basic science research, clinical research and management practice.
Students who desire to complete additional elective courses, either offered at Rush University or at another regionally-accredited college or university, may request to do so, and these electives may be incorporated into the student's academic plan.