The broad-based curriculum of the master’s in Clinical Research program covers the principles of epidemiology, bio-statistics, patient-oriented research, health services/outcomes research, applied quantitative analysis, professional development seminars for clinical researchers, and an integrative, high-level clinical research project in the student's final term. Through an interactive classroom environment with peers and faculty, participants directly apply recently learned knowledge and insights to current situations and challenges in their own research.

The MAS in Clinical Research is entirely self-supporting and receives no state funding. The cost of the master’s degree program is approximately $34,000, which includes all program instruction and administrative fees. Program fees do not include books for elective courses, software, parking or incidentals. (Some books for Core courses are currently covered by a program grant.)

  • Commercial bank loans are available for part-time students.
  • Government loans are available for participants taking six (6) or more units per quarter.
  • We have a merit-based scholarship opportunity for incoming students.
    (For U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.)
  • Veterans with Financial Aid questions please click here to learn more.
  • Fees apply to both California residents and non-residents, as well as international students. All fees are subject to change at any time.
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Scholarship Opportunities

Merit-Based Scholarship Available to Incoming Students
(U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only)

Your work experience, research experience and overall admissions profile can qualify you to receive financial assistance to help offset the cost of your MAS degree. Each year multiple merit awards will be given out that cover up to 25% of tuition expenses per recipient.

To apply for the award, please send the department a detailed description of your career and personal accomplishments, and why you feel you are deserving of such an award. This can include academic successes, professional successes, and personal achievements and stories. Please include information about how you plan to use the degree to further your career, and share what you would like to be doing in five years. (Max 500 words – one page).

Include any and all materials that support your case. Be specific and persuasive in your document. The committee will be inclined to give awards to those applicants who best communicate their merits, accomplishments and future plans.

The deadline for submission is the same as the application deadline.

Please email your essay and any supporting documents to: Tam Nguyen at

Independent Study Project Scholarship Available to Current Students:
(Two $1,000 Reimbursement Awards Available Annually)

Any enrolled student may apply for up to $1,000 in reimbursements awarded to assist them with Independent Study Project expenses. This award applies only to ISP-related expenses to research and produce the final project. It is not applicable to MAS course or registration fees.

Recipients are selected from among applicants who produce up to a 500 word essay explaining how the reimbursement would assist them with their ISP expenses, a description of their ISP project, and why she/he should receive the financial support.
(Receipts are required for reimbursement.)

Please email your essay to: Tam Nguyen at

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