Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

The Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) is a part-time graduate program sponsored by NUCATS. 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.

Join the Program

This program is designed for medical residents, fellows and junior faculty members who wish to receive formal training in clinical research. Medical professionals in the Chicago area not affiliated with Northwestern are also welcome to apply.  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).

Application & Requirements

Students training in the clinic

Program Options

Graduate Degree

Earn a master's degree in Clinical Investigation.

Complete 10 MSCI credits, including:

  • Five core credits
  • Three elective credit
  • Two research credits 

This degree is typically obtained in two to three years. Students can enter the program at the beginning of any quarter, though fall quarter matriculation is highly encouraged.

Professional Certificates

Receive a certificate in Clinical and Translational Science.

Complete five credits from three disciplines, including:  

  • Two core credits
    • MSCI 321: Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 1
    • MSCI 322: Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Three elective credits approved by MSCI administration

Individual Courses

Gain specific knowledge and professional skills.

Choose a course that fits your professional needs or interest:

  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Clinical Trials
  • Biostatistics for Clinical Investigators 
  • Writing & Peer Reviewing for Publication
  • Antiracist Strategies for Clinical and Translational Research 
  • Electronic Health Record Data as a Foundation for Clinical Research
Tuition & Fees

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.

Meet Our Team


Dr. Kalhan

Ravi Kalhan, MD
Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology)



Leena B. Mithal, MD, MSCI 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases

Program Administrator

Adam White

Adam White

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