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New programs in law, medicine, nursing, management and engineering launch at CWRU

At Case Western Reserve University, faculty and staff are always working to expand educational offerings to meet the needs of our students and prepare them for evolving career fields. Most recently, this has led to the approval of new programs on topics ranging from compliance and risk management to experimental biology, FinTech, nurse anesthesia and more. 

Get to know the newest academic offerings at Case Western Reserve.

Master and Certificates in Compliance and Risk Management

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

To meet the growing demand for compliance and risk management officers, the School of Law has launched master’s and certificate programs to prepare professionals for careers in the field. 

The only program of its kind in Ohio, the master’s-level program will position students to work with businesses to ensure they are complying with state, federal and international laws and regulations. Offered in both full-time and part-time options, this program is accepting applications for fall 2021. Students in the master’s program will complete 30 hours of course credits, including a four-credit master project or thesis. A dual degree program is available for those seeking to earn their JD and MA in compliance concurrently.

Additionally, two certificate options are available: The general certificate in compliance and risk management (15 hours of course credits) and the certificate in compliance and risk management with a specialization in healthcare (18 hours of course credits).

The GRE and LSAT are not required for admission for either option, and scholarships are available.

Learn more about the law school’s new programs in compliance and risk management.

Experimental Biotechnology Certificate

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

To prepare students for employment opportunities in academia or the biotechnology industry, the School of Medicine will now offer an Experimental Biotechnology Certificate. 

Students in this certificate program will gain hands-on experience and marketable skills in biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. Laboratory courses will provide experience at the bench in recombinant protein production, mammalian cell culture, molecular and cell biology, and mass spectrometry. Classroom courses will cover topics including experimental design, documentation of experiments, and honing professional skills. Core courses include those on biochemistry and molecular biology. 

The program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Part-time study is ideal for people who wish to pursue the certificate while they are working. 

Find out more about the Experimental Biotechnology Certificate.

Leadership Excel and Achievement Program (LEAP) Certificate 

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

For candidates wishing to enter the nursing workforce as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing now offers a Leadership Excel and Achievement Program (LEAP) Certificate. The new offering is part of the school’s Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and is offered concurrently at four affiliate institutions. 

The LEAP Certificate is a pilot academic track designed to engage a wider student pool and encourage underrepresented minority students to join the field. This one-year certificate program is ideal for two types of students: those who have been previously rejected from an accredited CRNA doctoral program, or those who know their current skills and qualifications do not meet current CRNA program standards and want to become more competitive applicants. 

The LEAP Certificate will equip participants with a deepened understanding of science and scholarship in the field, and the professional role of a CRNA. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates can be automatically enrolled in one of five doctoral-level CRNA programs, either at CWRU’s School of Nursing or one of its affiliate institutions.

Get more information about the LEAP Certificate.

Master of Science in FinTech

Weatherhead School of Management

FinTech—the application of technology to the financial sector—has grown in importance, and companies increasingly need employees who have both financial knowledge and analytical skills. The Master of Science (MS) in FinTech program at Weatherhead School of Management is designed to prepare students for successful and exciting careers in FinTech and the financial services industry. 

Graduates of the MS in FinTech program will have a solid understanding of recent trends and products that are reshaping the finance industry, including banking and regtech, entrepreneurship, big data analytics and algorithms, python and textual analysis and financial analysis in addition to AI, blockchains, machine learning and cryptocurrencies. The MS in FinTech is a 30-credit-hour program that will take one academic year to complete.

For more information, contact Brock C. Schroeder at

MBA in Healthcare (online)

Weatherhead School of Management

The healthcare field is in need of critical thinkers and innovative leaders who can execute changes in healthcare systems to improve the well-being of both individuals and society. At Weatherhead School of Management, the online MBA program with a healthcare management track is designed to prepare leaders who can accomplish that and more.

The program’s curriculum offers evidence-based business management skills development for healthcare professionals—at any stage of their careers—who aspire to higher-level leadership roles. This includes core MBA courses that can be applied across industries, along with a healthcare management track that accounts for approximately 40% of the program’s credits. 

The healthcare-focused curriculum builds on long-standing relationships with four nationally recognized Cleveland-based healthcare institutions as well as with faculty across Case Western Reserve University who have expertise in healthcare. In this program, students will experience quality, high-contact instruction from award-winning faculty and learn how to lead their organizations by guiding new systems, optimizing processes, responding to disruption and inspiring effective behaviors.

Learn more about the online MBA in Healthcare.

Master of Science in Computer Science (online)

Case School of Engineering

Computer science is an in-demand field that impacts nearly every industry and sector, including transportation, healthcare, education and financial services. The online Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science program at Case School of Engineering involves a cutting-edge, experiential curriculum that provides students with the fundamental technical knowledge they’ll need to succeed—and also explores new challenges and innovations taking place within the industry. 

In this program, a well-rounded balance of academics and flexible, hands-on learning led by expert faculty will help students learn and excel in the field of computer science—and prepare them for exceptional career growth and leadership opportunities.

Learn about the online MS in Computer Science.