MBA in Clinical Research Management (16 Months Online)


Program Description

Rushford Switzerland offers one of the most comprehensive MBA programs in Clinical Research in collaboration with the School of Health Sciences at James Lind Institute. This program places emphasis on hands-on aspects of the management of clinical trials. Clinical research is a global phenomenon with almost all countries participating in clinical trials. Stakeholders in clinical trials range from academia, research institutions, industry, governments, patients and caregivers, payers, healthcare organizations, and physicians to name a few.

The regulatory agencies in most markets have been increasingly demanding more concrete safety and efficacy evidence in support of new drug approvals. With the development of more modern study designs and utilization of techniques such as adaptive study designs, modeling, and simulation, clinical trials are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Newer regulations and guidelines are being applied which necessitates that clinical research professionals stay current on these advances in knowledge and understanding of how to implement clinical trials.

The MBA in Clinical Research program at Rushford is suited to aspirants as well as clinical research professionals of varying experience. Students who complete this program are expected to have advanced knowledge of all the fundamental concepts of clinical trial design and implementation, operational aspects of clinical trials, project management, financial aspects of clinical research, international regulatory affairs, and other aspects of clinical trial management.

Rushford offers Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE) and thus a formal bachelor’s degree is not mandatory for entering this program.


Courses Overview

The Rushford Online MBA program in Clinical Research is comprised of a total of 27 courses and each course lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. Each course is comprised of 2-4 ECTS credits. Students must complete 18 core courses, 5 out of the 9 Elective courses, and a capstone project to earn a total of 90 ECTS for becoming eligible for the MBA in Clinical Research award.

  • Managerial Economics
  • Managerial Skills
  • Accounting for Financial Reporting
  • Accounting for Managerial Decisions
  • Business Analytics
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management: Productivity & Quality
  • International Business Environment
  • Leadership and Managing Human Capital
  • Marketing Management 
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics & Law 
  • Strategic Management: Integrating the Enterprise (Elective) 
  • Sales Management (Elective)
  • Organizational Behaviour (Elective)
  • Business Communications (Elective)
  • Business Law (Elective)
  • Basic Concepts in Clinical Research
  • Pharmaceutical Medicine & Clinical Trials
  • Ethics in Clinical Research
  • Responsibilities of Clinical Research Teams
  • Documents in Clinical Trials
  • Conduct of Clinical Trial 
  • Medical Device Development (Elective)
  • Project Management in Clinical Trials (Elective)
  • Business and Contracts in Clinical Research (Elective)
  • Regulatory Affairs (Elective)

Careers & Outcomes

The industry dealing in pharmaceutical and biotech solutions is undergoing quite a bit of change all over the world, as there is an increasing focus on innovation and personalized medicine. Nearly all of the business models are reaching a stage, where the coexistence of novel and old strategies is made possible. Since there are notable improvements in the emerging economies of countries such as India, China, Brazil, and Russia, the industry is gradually fixating research and development in these regions, especially when it comes to clinical development phases. The pharmaceutical and biotech companies in these areas are placing their Research and Development activities in both the innovative molecules and the generic market.

Naturally, this scenario has resulted in the emergence of a number of clinical research management organizations such as full-service CROs, early phase CROs, SMOs, companies with specialized services, etc. This has led to an increased demand for specialists in this sector, which has been clear in recent reports.

The MBA in Clinical Research program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts in clinical research and will provide an enhancement to your skills and knowledge, which are required to become a clinical research professional.  The curriculum of this program is completely reviewed and approved by the clinical research industry, and this makes certain that students will receive all the needed knowledge to make their way into this industry. It also provides opportunities for specialists in the field to move forward in their careers.

Job Outlook

Excellent. Most reports estimate a job growth of approximately 15-20% annually with a greater number of jobs pushed to outsourced companies such as CROs and SMOs.

Career Areas

Clinical research is a broad area and encompasses several key disciplines that provide excellent opportunities for long and rewarding careers. Also, it is customary for clinical research professionals to move laterally between functional areas for gaining experience and specialization.  Following are some key roles that you will assume after completing the Rushford MBA in Clinical Research:

  • Clinical Research Manager
  • Clinical Research Director/VP
  • Business Development Manager/Director/VP
  • Clinical Research Consultant
  • Clinical Research Marketing and Sales Manager/Director/VP


Rushford maintains very high standards for students who enter our academic programs. For all MBA programs, the following criteria need to be met before admission is offered to a prospective student.


Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent recognized academic title in any discipline

Qualifications Waiver

For students who don’t have a Bachelor’s Degree, Rushford uses Recognition of Prior Experience (RPE). Rushford generally utilizes over 3 years of relevant experience in a significant role for waiver of Bachelor’s Degree.

Evidence of Proficiency in English

  • IELTS 6.0+  or
  • PTE 50+ or
  • TOEFL 550+ or
  • Any other proficiency test that was taken in the last 2 years

English Proficiency Waiver

The English proficiency test is waived for the following candidates:

  • Native English Speakers or
  • Applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. High School Diploma or IB) or
  • Applicants having completed their undergraduate degree in English in an English speaking country or
  • 2 Years of work experience in a setting in which English is the primary language of work



EduQua Certified Swiss Institution

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions.  EduQua is an accreditation body recognized and supported by the Swiss Confederate Government.

EduQua is the first quality certification for public and private educational institutions in Switzerland and is recognized, supported, and endorsed by the following organizations:

  • Swiss Federal Government
  • Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
  • Swiss Conference for Professional Training department (SBBK)
  • Swiss Association of Employment Departments (VSAA)
  • Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB)


Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Rushford Business School through its parent school (James Lind Institute) is a member of the “Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

ACBSP is the only global accrediting body, which accredits business programs at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degree levels worldwide since 1988. Rushford Business School is part of a membership that extends to more than 60 countries. ACBSP members are amongst the best educators in their respective fields, interested in learning innovative teaching methods, improving the delivery of business education programs, and creative value for their students.


Swiss Higher Educational Institution

James Lind Institute is an approved post-secondary higher educational Institution with the authority to award private degrees in Switzerland. The institute is registered in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland under the UID CHE-255.747.977.


International Council For Open & Distance Education (ICDE), Norway

James Lind Institute is a proud member of the prestigious International Council for Open & Distance Education. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.


International Organization For Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 Certified

James Lind Institute (JLI) is fully accredited by the AMERICAN BOARD OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES (ABAS) as per ISO 9001:2015 standards for providing Training & Education Programs related to healthcare and allied sectors.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also uniq ... Read More

Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute, Gevena, Switzerland. The school offers higher degree programs in Business and Management. We are also unique in our offering of several MBA programs with technical specializations and we continue to add more technical specializations as we keep growing. Our 100% online programs are well suited to students from all over the world who would like to receive a high-quality education from a premier European Business School at an affordable tuition fee. As part of the JLI global institution, we leverage the networks, knowledge, experience and geographic spread to the advantage of our students. Read less