MS in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field Bachelor's or health professional degree.
  • Recommended Background Experience in the healthcare industry and college-level algebra.
  • Grade Point Average Minimum of 2.75/4.00.
  • Transcripts Applicants must submit transcripts from the institution where the most recent degree was earned.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21; 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subcategories, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53 and Writing 56.
    • Proficency test requirements may be waived under specific circumstances. Official scores must be reported directly from the testing service and must have been taken within the last two years.
  • Personal Statement Required. Statement should explain why applicant is interested in the program.
  • Resume or CV Required.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.
  • Course Work
Course Title
Required Courses (20 credit hours)
Biostatistics I
Clinical Research Methods I
Introduction to Epidemiology: Principles and Methods
Pharmacoepidemiology
Ethics and Privacy Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research
Comparative Effectiveness Research
Comparative Effectiveness Research Project
Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
Select 12 hours from the following courses, or as approved by the department. Must take at least 6 hours of 500-level electives, excluding PSOP 595 and PSOP 596.
Principles of Economic Evaluations of Health Care Interventions
Pharmaceutical Policy
Concepts in Drug Development: From Bench to Bedside
Advanced Decision Analysis Techniques I
Biostatistics II
Clinical Research Methods II
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Departmental Seminar in Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy
Independent Study
  • Students must have a 3.00/4.00 average or higher across all required and elective courses in the program.
  • Students must pass a 6-credit-hour comparative effectiveness research project course (PSOP 592), for which they must conduct a CER-related project or research, write a report, and present findings in a public forum. Department faculty will serve as project advisors.