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Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation


All Fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  

The MSCI is an outstanding fit for training research fellows, as the program is intended for individuals already trained in the medical sciences and others with relevant scientific backgrounds and experiences who desire further training in research design and methodology.  

Fellows will be grounded in the principles of clinical investigation, with a flexible curriculum tailored to their needs and interests as emerging researchers aspiring to independence as clinical investigators.  

Fellows are encouraged to enter the MSCI degree program to obtain foundational research skills. However, it is understood that PhD Fellows may not benefit from the program, because they will have obtained these critical research skills during their doctoral training; therefore, they may opt out of the MSCI degree program.  

Fellows pursuing a MSCI are required to satisfactorily complete 36 credits. This includes a core curriculum, elective courses, and the satisfactory completion of thesis research. For the satisfactory completion of a thesis, Fellows are expected to design a research project, defend a formal proposal, perform the described study, and prepare a scholarly scientific paper on the principal study findings. The initial thesis project and final write-up of the research project must be approved by the student’s Thesis Committee. An oral presentation of their study findings is also required.