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Conducting Research at MDC

Research involving students, faculty, or staff at Miami Dade College (MDC) requires prior authorization.

At MDC, approval of research applications is a two-step process: First, MDC's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research applications involving human subjects. Once approved by MDC’s IRB, research applications are reviewed by the College Academic and Student Support Council (CASSC) Research & Testing Committee.

Researchers should allow for 6–8 weeks for application reviews. Data collection may not begin until the researcher receives notification that his or her application has been approved by MDC’s IRB and the CASSC Research & Testing Committee.


Research Application Review Schedule

Incomplete applications or research applications submitted after the deadline will be considered during the next scheduled review cycle.

Research Application Deadline

MDC IRB Review

CASSC Research & Testing Committee Review

Notification to Research Applicants

December 25, 2020 January 18, 2021 January 25, 2021 By February 8, 2021
January 22, 2021 February 15, 2021 February 22, 2021 By March 8, 2021
March 5, 2021 March 29, 2021 April 5, 2021 By April 22, 2021
April 9, 2021 May 3, 2021 May 10, 2021 By May 24, 2021
May 28, 2021 June 21, 2021 June 28, 2021 By July 12, 2021
June 25, 2021 July 19, 2021 July 26, 2021 By August 9, 2021
July 23, 2021 August 16, 2021 August 30, 2021 By September 13, 2021
August 27, 2021 September 20, 2021 September 27, 2021 By October 11, 2021
September 24, 2021 October 18, 2021 October 25, 2021 By November 8, 2021
October 22, 2021 November 15, 2021 December 6, 2021 By December 13, 2021
December 24, 2021 January 17, 2022 January 31, 2022 February 14, 2022
Note: Schedule subject to change


Research Application

Researchers should compile all required documentation prior to submission. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Change of Research Application

Changes to research applications that have been previously approved must be reviewed prior to implementation of changes.




MDC Institutional Review Board (IRB)

MDC IRB Roster


CASSC Research & Testing Committee

CASSC Research & Testing Committee Roster


Research Design and Methodology Technical Assistance

Upon request, the Office of Institutional Research (IR) provides technical assistance regarding research design, methodology, and feasibility prior to submission of research applications. To request a consultation, please contact

Note that technical assistance provided by IR staff does not constitute review and approval by MDC’s IRB and CASSC Research & Testing Committee.


Human Subjects Research Training

Research applications must include documentation that the Principal and Co-Investigators have successfully completed training in the responsible conduct of research. Completion of one of the following training courses satisfies this requirement.

Protection of Human Subjects Training Request Form
This training is provided free to MDC employees and students who need certification as a requirement of coursework, grant work, or any other College-related assignment pertaining to the CASSC Research and Testing Committee, Data Liaisons, or Institutional Review Board (IRB). 

Protecting Human Research Participants Online Training (fees apply)

CITI Program Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Basic Course (fees apply)


Student Research Projects

Research conducted by MDC students as part of classroom assignments may require review and approval. Guidance is available here.



Miami Dade College Procedure 1321 – Authorization to Conduct Research

Standard Operating Procedures Regarding Approval of Research Applications


Sample Forms

Informed Consent Template


Terms of Data Use

Researchers who use data provided by the Office of Institutional Research agree to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness terms of data use.


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