Research Review

This section includes MSA 699 resources: Information, forms, and templates for the Research Review Application process, The Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project, The MSA Student's Guide to CITI, and The MSA Student's Guide to IRBNet.

MSA Grading/Evaluation rubric: 

MSA-699-Rubric-fillable with new concentrations.pdf 

Statement of Requirements for Removal of MSA 699 Incomplete

MSA 699 removal of I form.pdf

PlanBCompletionApproval.pdf (required only for students admitted to MSA through CMU's main campus)

Research Review Application process:

Effective August 1, 2010, the majority of MSA students will use the Research Review Application process.  RRA approval or IRB approval is required as part of the graduation audit.  Projects meeting specific conditions will require CITI completion and IRB approval.  As always, contact your MSA 699 instructor for guidance.   

The fillable PDF will accept either a digital signature (see instructions below) or a typed signature.  The fillable Word version will accept only a typed signature.


MSA 699 Resources (August 2012 Edition) (available in pdf)

Guide Part 1 THE STUDENT GUIDE TO THE MSA CAPSTONE PROJECT August 2012 rev.pdfGuide Part 1 THE STUDENT GUIDE TO THE MSA CAPSTONE PROJECT August 2012 rev.pdf (The Research Proposal and the Research Project)

Part 2 The Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project August 2012.pdfPart 2 The Student Guide to the MSA Capstone Project August 2012.pdf (The Research Review Application Process, FAQs, MSA 699 Course Information, and Library Support)

Student Guide August 2012 updates.pdfStudent Guide August 2012 updates.pdf

Application for Approval of the MSA 699 Capstone Project (form 78)
(This form is used for approval of the research proposal.  Please look in the section above for the RRA (research review application) form.)

78(fillable) revised June 2014.pdf

IRB - Human Subjects Research

In addition to promoting the acquisition of external support for faculty and staff research and programmatic and creative endeavors, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is responsible for ensuring that CMU is fully compliant with a variety of research-related policies and procedures. The increasing complexity of the research process, the requirements of federal and state agencies, and the accountability of university personnel to colleagues, students, the university, and the larger community necessitate that CMU provide its research community with mechanisms that ensure that research is conducted in a manner that is compliant with all governing oversight offices.

To accomplish this goal, ORSP has adopted a software package called IRBNet that is designed to be open to the entire CMU research community and assists in the management and oversight that support IRB, IACUC, and other compliance boards with one unified solution.
IRBNet will allow for online submission of research proposals involving humans and animals and will create required reporting documents for the oversight and regulatory offices.
IRBNet is an enterprise-class, hosted toolset that is secure and accessible from anywhere, anytime on any platform. Users need only have an internet connection and a browser, thus making it possible for our off-campus programs to use this system for submission of proposals.

Online Training in the Use of Human Subjects

CITI training is only required for students who need the IRB process because they plan to use human subjects in their research and either publish project results or disseminate to a wider audience.

Effective January 1, 2009, all investigators conducting research with human subjects will be required to complete training in the protection of human subjects in research.  CMU has adopted the online training system offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI offers courses in the responsible conduct of research and can be individualized for specific university needs.  CITI allows for the tracking of individuals who have completed their respective training requirements. Thus, individuals who are required to complete training in human subjects research would complete only the training relevant in this area.

Implications for Research Involving Human Subjects

By the beginning of the 2009 Spring Semester, all investigators conducting research with human subjects must provide evidence of training in human-subjects protection. Completion of CITI training is reported to CMU.

Support: Please contact Dr Roop Jayaraman at 989-774-3477989-774-3477 or by e-mail at with any questions regarding the utilization of either IRBNET or CITI.  The IRB office can be reached at 989-774-6401989-774-6401 or by e-mail at    

ORSP (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs)

IRB Committee Information

"The coursework in the Human Resource Administration concentration has provided me the knowledge necessary for my future career." - Boonsiree Prasit, MSA Student
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