Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

  • To view Government course offerings that can count toward the MA in Research Administration, please click here.
  • To view Regulatory Science course offerings that can count toward the MA in Research Administration, please click here.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

  • Online Courses

    475.601.81 - Introduction to Research Administration

    $3566

    Richard Seligman

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    Provides an overview of research administration including how it has evolved in the United States, the role it plays nationally and at the state level, and how conducting research in the U.S. differs from elsewhere. The course also examines the research continuum and the research enterprise as it exists in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and the federal government. The course allows students the opportunity to become familiar with issues, problems and strategic outcomes as they affect research administration.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.602.81 - Organization and Leadership for Research Administration

    $3566

    Garrett Sanders

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    The course provides an overview of the organization, structure, and language of the research enterprise; how the enterprise functions in the discovery to commercialization pipeline; who the players and stakeholders are and how they interact; the organizational models used by institutions; the role and effect of national policy in shaping research; the impact of the information age and technology; the qualities and requirements for students to become successful leaders; and, how university, federal, and non-profit research administration organizations are managed and led. The course allows students the opportunity to become familiar with the issues faced by leadership in the ever-changing and fluid world of the research enterprise.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.603.81 - Assistive Technologies for Research Administration

    $3566

    Thomas Spencer

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This course explores the role of software applications and systems utilized by research administrators and by those seeking and receiving funding. Students examine and compare software applications such as COEUS, SunGard Public Sector, Grants.Gov, GrantsOnline, Conversis, PeopleSoft, ERA Software, Compliance Software, SAP, and others.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.604.81 - Introduction to Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, and Compliance Issues

    $3566

    Carpantato Myles

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    During this course students examine the legal, ethical, and regulatory framework underlying most research activities in the U.S. Students discuss the trajectory of legal, ethical, regulatory and compliance issues affecting research administration, including the role of Congress, the role of the Executive Branch of government, and the role of federal and state agencies in the issuance and auditing of compliance regulations. Students will also discuss practical considerations for human subjects and animal research, financial conflict of interest, misconduct in science, export controls, safety and security and risk assessment.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.606.81 - Project Management of Sponsored Programs

    $3566

    Jeffrey Anderson

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    The course explores how research projects and sponsored programs are best catalyzed and later managed utilizing project management theory, best practices, case studies, and research. The course examines the emergence of pre-award research development within the realm of research administration and its impact on post-award project management. Issues related to team building, group dynamics, and building collaborative win-win relationships with multiple principle investigators and team leaders will be emphasized in the course.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.607.81 - Grantsmanship, Grant Writing and Evaluation of Grant Proposals

    $3566

    John Carfora

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This course describes the process of applying for, writing, and evaluating grants and sponsored program opportunities offered through non-profit, foundation, think-tank, government, and university settings. Emphasis is placed on how to evaluate opportunities, how to use online resources, how to ensure that prerequisites are met, and how to respond to RFPs with fully-vetted, well- written proposals. Students will be required to write and edit portions of proposals as well as evaluate current opportunities.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.610.81 - Financial Accounting and Compliance Auditing

    $3566

    Cynthia Hope

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    Focuses on the specifics of financial and non-financial auditing as related to sponsored programs and grants. Clinical accounting is presented as well as the role of clinical research in a university and non-profit research environment. The audit process is also examined in detail and the roles of the financial research administrator, auditors, PI, and project participants are discussed. Special attention is paid to compliance pitfalls, record keeping, information technology, and accepted accounting standards and practices.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.612.81 - Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

    $3566

    Catherine Innes

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This course examines the role of research administrators in safeguarding Intellectual Property (IP), identifying patentable material, creating and operating a technology transfer office, facilitating various aspects of technology transfer, and developing and implementing such specialized agreements as non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, licensing agreements and other related intellectual property agreements. Students examine case studies, case law, institutional and agency policies.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.614.81 - Managing Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory Issues in Research Hospitals and Health Care

    $3566

    Thomas Wilson

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This course looks at what is needed to develop, maintain, and manage compliance, legal and regulatory issues in a research hospital or health care setting. The elements of patient care, clinical trials, and other research administration issues affecting healthcare are discussed. Areas such as the Physicians Self-Referral (Stark) Law, Anti-kickback laws, HIPPA and HITECH regulations as well as the Privacy Rule, and the Security Rule are examined. Elements of a good compliance program are also discussed.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.617.81 - The Federal Acquisition Regulations and Defense Contracting

    $3566

    Jeffrey Kantor

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This course covers the Federal Acquisition Regulations or FAR, with an emphasis on contracting with the Defense Department. The purpose of the FAR and its application to different types of contracts is explored. Using a hypothetical program, the development of a large federal contract program is examined from the earliest phases through the delivery of the required product. The different phases and decision points in the program are explored from the positions of multiple participants. Both federal contracts and subcontracts and related contract clauses are examined. By the end of the course, students will have a recognition of how the FAR is applied to federally funded programs.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.800.81 - Capstone Project in Research Administration

    $3566

    Marianne Woods

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    The Capstone Seminar is the culmination of the Master’s in Research Administration where students will integrate and build on their previous coursework in the program to apply it to practical settings. Students must have completed ten of the twelve courses required for the M.S. degree in order to enroll in this course. During the semester students will identify and analyze an issue or problem and propose a solution during this semester long course. Those electing the Capstone may explore issues related to a current research administration project in a “real world” setting. This original work can be for the organization or agency for which the student works or for a hypothetical organization, but it should result in the student conducting original research and applying strategies, testing solutions, and using tools to meet the particular needs of chosen work environment. To complete the course students must write a 25-35 page capstone project paper. If the project is not completed by the end of the semester, students will need to enroll in AS.475.855.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.801.81 - Research and Thesis in Research Administration

    $3566

    Jeffrey Kantor

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    The Research and Thesis Seminar is the culmination of the Master’s in Research Administration where students embark on a designing and conducting research in the field of research administration. Students must have completed ten of the twelve courses required for the M.S. degree in order to enroll in this course. The purpose of this core course is for students to refine their thesis topic, develop their research design and conduct and complete the research. Students will conduct research and write their thesis during this class in earnest. The course format is working sessions focused on specific research-oriented tasks. Emphasis will be placed on completing the literature review and methodology sections of the thesis. Students will also complete by semester end their thesis paper. To complete the course students must write a 25-35 page thesis. If the thesis is incomplete students will then need to enroll in AS.475.855.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    475.802.81 - Thesis and Capstone Continuation (non-credit)

    $3566

    Marianne Woods
    Jeffrey Kantor

    Online 1/8 - 4/30

    This is a non-credit course required for those who have completed all of their course work including the Research and Thesis class or the Capstone Project in Research Administration class, but who are still working on their Research Thesis or Capstone Project. There is a fee associated with this course.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

  • Online Courses (Cross-Listed)

    410.687.82 - Ethical,Legal & Regulatory Aspects of the Biotechnology Enterprise

    $4196

    Katherine Wellman

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 1/8 - 4/30

    This course provides an overview of the important ethical, legal and regulatory issues that are critical to the biotechnology industry. The course shares current trends and essential elements of ethics, legal issues and regulations in a way that allows for an appreciation of how each influences the others. Students will examine core ethical values that guide the practice of science in the biotechnology industry. The course will provide an overview of legal issues such as protecting inventions and intellectual property and licensing, and the range of regulatory oversight mechanisms with which the biotech industry must comply. This course will review the implications of strategic ethical, legal and regulatory choices that add value to the biotechnology firm, customers and society. (Research Adminstration elective. Prerequisites in Biotechnology apply. Contact the director of the MS in Research Admin).

    Technology Fee: $175.00

  • Washington DC Center (Cross-Listed)

    470.627.51 - Financial Management & Analysis in the Public Sector

    $3783

    Eric Litton

    Thursday 6:00 - 8:30; 1/11 - 4/26

    The primary emphasis of this class will be to teach students how to make more informed business decisions through the use of financial management accounting information. Management accounting is concerned with the information provided managers to plan, manage control, and assess an entity’s activities and performance. Managerial accounting concepts are universal and can be applied to service, government, and nonprofit organizations. This class assumes no formal exposure to management accounting (or financial accounting, for that matter) and as such will focus on how to organize and use information to run/measure/operate a public entity or program. (Core course for the MA in Public Management. This course counts toward the Economic Security concentration. Elective option for Government Analytics students)

    This is a core course for the MA in Public Management program.