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

    Richard Seligman

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    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.

    475.606.81 - Project Management of Sponsored Programs

    John Carfora

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    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.

    475.609.81 - Financial Management of Sponsored Programs

    Lynda Moreland

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    Provides an introduction to topics related to financial operations of sponsored programs, including how to establish a financial reporting system, budgeting, effort reporting, preparing for and engaging in an audit, procuring resources, and sub-contracting. Students also learn how to translate the financial terms of a proposal into a project budget and how to engage in specialized oversight and reporting, such as required for projects undertaken within the GSA Schedule.

    475.613.81 - Advanced Topics in Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory Issues

    Marianne Woods

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    This course examines in-depth advanced issues of compliance, legal and regulatory affairs. Students will examine and discuss critical issues and real world applications in research compliance and research ethics. Topics to be examined include an in-depth examination of research, human tissue centers, use of special populations in research, informed consent, use of primates in research, and misconduct in science. This course will also look at the issues affecting high containment research and facilities, infectious diseases research, and the regulatory agencies that govern these special areas.

    475.615.81 - Research Contracts & Industrial Agreements: Domestic and International

    Angela Wishon

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    This course examines how to prepare and execute research contracts and industrial agreements. It examines issues affecting both domestic and international contracting, including issues such as U.S. regulations that affect the contracting process, good terms and conditions in research contracts, maintain your nonprofit status, safe harbor laws, unrelated business income, and profit v nonprofit legal issues. The course also examines issues related to the human dynamics and cultural aspects of international and industrial contacting.

    475.621.81 - International Research Regulatory, Ethical and Compliance Issues in Research Management

    Ian Freckelton

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    This course examines the differing regulatory environments in a number of countries and how these differences can be managed within a joint collaborative project or initiative. Similarly differing standards of ethical and compliance requirements and attitudes are examined. Ethical standards for research are discussed and analyzed from a global perspective. International initiatives such as the World Congress on Research Integrity and the Asia Pacific Research Integrity Network are discussed. Best practices in regulatory and compliance issues are also addressed.

    475.801.81 - Research and Thesis in Research Administration

    Jeffrey Kantor

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    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.

    475.802.81 - Thesis and Capstone Continuation (non-credit)

    Marianne Woods
    Jeffrey Kantor

    Online 1/22 - 5/5

    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.

  • Online Courses (Cross-Listed)

    410.649.81 - Introduction to Regulatory Affairs

    Susan Zecchini

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 1/22 - 5/5

    Regulatory affairs comprise the rules and regulations govern product development and post-approval marketing. In the U.S. the FDA establishes and oversees the applicable regulations under several statutes, many regulations, and partnership with legislators, patients, and customers. Biotechnology products may be classified as drugs, biologics, or medical devices. Each type is regulated by a different center within the FDA. This course provides an overview of RA and its effect on product development. Topics include RA history, regulatory agencies, how to access regulatory information, drug submissions, biologics submissions, medical device submissions, GLP, GCP, GMP, and FDA inspections.

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

    Katherine Wellman

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 1/22 - 5/5

    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.

    470.627.81 - Financial Management & Analysis in the Public Sector

    Thanh Nguyen

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 1/22 - 5/5

    This course focuses on financial aspects of public sector organizations and institutions. The objectives of this course include helping students (1) learn the basics of public sector accounting and the construction of their financial reports, (2) become more intelligent users of the financial statements of public sector organizations such as sovereign, state, and municipal institutions, and (3) better understand the factors that affect the financial condition and financial performance of such entities.

    More specifically, the course focuses on (1) the financial reporting concepts and standards that are applicable to public sector organizations; (2) ratios and other summary indicators used by analysts to evaluate the financial condition and financial performance of public sector and nonprofit organizations; (3) the analysis and interpretation of financial statements of selected public sector organizations; (4) fundamental finance principles; and 5) basic principles of budget formulation.

    This is a core requirement for the MA in Public Management.

    470.728.81 - Fundamentals of Nonprofits and Nonprofit Management

    Karin Orr

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 1/22 - 5/5

    (Formerly Influence and Impact of Nonprofits). The goal of this course is to convey the history, size and impact of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector while providing the fundamentals of nonprofit management and the founding of a nonprofit organization. Successful nonprofits today must have strong management systems in place in order to assure quality programs for service and impact. These systems include management of finances, strategic planning, human resources, information technology, marketing, performance measures and other aspects of operations. The course will help the student understand the current thinking regarding "best practices" in managing and improving nonprofit organizations and appreciate the interplay of environmental and organizational factors that influence managerial decision-making. Throughout the course, there will be a comparative perspective that looks at the scope and status of nongovernmental organizations in other countries and the influences on those organizations by their own governments, foreign aid and international philanthropy. Elective course for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

    This course is a core option for Public Management students.

    470.798.81 - Financial Management and Analysis in Nonprofits

    Leana Bowman

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 1/22 - 5/5

    From the perspective of a nonprofit leader, this course provides a solid foundation in understanding key financial tools such as audits, financial statements, budgets and tax documents. Using these tools, students will analyze and assess the financial transparency, accountability, and health of various national and international organizations, determine the financial strengths and weaknesses within those organizations, learn how to use that information in the decision-making process, and finally, practice making informed recommendations to organizational leadership. This course is not designed to make students financial experts or practitioners. Instead, it is designed to enlighten students on key financial management concepts that improve their ability to be informed leaders, participants, and donors in the nonprofit sector. Students will also explore the responsibilities and consequences of international nonprofits engaging in activities in the US, as well as implications for US nonprofits operating abroad. This is an elective course for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

    This course is a core requirement option for Public Management students.