Research Administration

With the expansion of science and medical research in the United States and abroad, there has never been a more pressing need to address the training and advancement of research professionals. In the next eight to ten years, projected growth in the industry shows promising signs for opportunity. As the nation’s first research university and the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending, Johns Hopkins is uniquely positioned to deliver a high-quality, interdisciplinary program.

Program Information

Course Locations *Online
Available 100% Online *Yes
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements 12 courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2018-2019 academic year is $3,566 per course. More information.

The MS in Research Administration is designed to benefit research practitioners, including those currently working in higher education, government agencies, and independent foundations, as well as those who seek to begin a career in research administration. Students will examine how the research enterprise is organized and led across the US, and internationally. Both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors will be examined to highlight any similarities and/or differences. Students will also learn about the management of sponsored research programs in areas related to finance, information technology, and legal, ethical, regulatory, and compliance considerations.

To foster career development, we designed this program to align with practitioner expectations, as well as with desirable outcomes identified by major associations, including the National Council for University Research Administration (NCURA), the National Grants Management Association (NGMA) and the Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC).

*This is a 12-course degree program, with classes offered online. All undergraduate majors are welcome to apply for start dates in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Certificate in International Research Administration Management

Students pursuing an MS in Research Administration may obtain an additional credential by completing courses that lead to the Certificate in International Research Administration Management. This combined credential will prepare graduates for careers in the managing international sponsored projects and international contracting. Students can complete this program with only five additional courses, for a total of 17 courses to complete the Degree and the Certificate.

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.



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