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Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods

GSAS Clinical Research Methods

The competition for a spot in a top doctoral program or a research job in clinical psychology is fierce. That’s why Fordham has developed a unique M.S. degree program in clinical research methods to give you the competitive edge.

Whether your goal is to earn a Ph.D. or to pursue a nondoctoral research position, our two-year program will provide you with an intensive research experience and a deep understanding of the core elements of graduate-level psychology.

This is a highly selective program that accepts only a handful of strong applicants every year. However, an extensive background in psychology or prior research experience is not a prerequisite.

Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on research methodology, psychopathology, psychological statistics, and research ethics
  • Opportunity to conduct research with a Fordham faculty member or with one of our prestigious partner institutions, including Mount Sinai Medical Center, Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ability to tailor your course of study to your interests under the guidance of a faculty mentor

Program Basics

  • Designed as a two-year program for full-time students
  • Evening courses available for part-time students
  • Curriculum requires 12 courses for a total of 36 credits, including four courses on essential elements of clinical psychology research, two scientific breadth courses, and four electives
  • Semester-long research practicum and master’s thesis required


Many of our students will go on to doctoral work. Nondoctoral careers include:

  • Policy analyst
  • Research administrator
  • Project coordinator

Student Outcomes

Some of the programs where CRM graduates have been accepted include:

  • Binghamton University
  • Boston University
  • Hofstra University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas
  • University of Washington