Master of Science in Clinical Investigation
The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) is sponsored by NUCATS. This program is part-time and consists of evening courses primarily for medical residents, fellows and junior faculty members who wish to receive formal training in clinical research. Medical professionals in the Chicago area who are not affiliated with Northwestern may also be eligible to enroll.
The objective of the MSCI program is to produce clinical scientists who are skilled in clinical research techniques, competitive in seeking research support and knowledgeable about the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research, particularly in translational and clinical epidemiologic patient-oriented studies. As such, all program participants are expected to be actively engaged in investigations with a mentor, preferably one at Northwestern University, who should have national funding (e.g., NIH, AHA). Prior to enrolling, applicants should prepare a brief research plan reviewed by their mentor(s).
Students can enter the program at the beginning of any of the four quarters. The degree is typically obtained in two to three years.
The MSCI program director is Michael Fleming, MD, MPH, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Family and Community Medicine. The co-director and student adviser is Ravi Kalhan, MD, associate professor of Preventive Medicine and of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. The program administrator is Adam White.
MSCI tuition and fee rates are set by The Graduate School. Please see the Student Financial Services page (part-time MS degree) for details. Northwestern faculty and staff may utilize their benefits to receive employee reduced tuition rates. Visit the Northwestern HR site to learn more.
To learn more about the program, visit the links below:
- Prospective Degree Students
Review admissions requirements and find out how to apply.
- Professional Enrichment Courses
Explore your options if you’re not ready to commit to a full master’s degree.
Learn more about our courses, as well as the research project and independent study options.