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Medical Laboratory Science

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Master's Degree
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) provides high quality education for health professionals through the use of a creative and innovative online format. The curriculum in the program includes a combination of courses focused on leadership, research, teaching and assessment strategies, ethics and health policy. Additionally, the program incorporates course work designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the technologies and techniques upon which modern medical laboratory diagnostics are based, and insights on new trends and emerging technologies in laboratory science.  Thus, the MSHS in MLS will equip certified laboratory scientists with the knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions in the laboratory, as managers, educators, clinicians or researchers.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – July 15

Spring - November 1

Summer - April 15

The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, professional licenses, transcripts, test scores) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.

Degree and GPA Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or a related science (e.g., biology, chemistry, microbiology) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Transcripts must be forwarded in their original sealed envelopes.

If academic records are in a language other than English, a certified English language translation must be provided in addition to the original transcripts; translations alone will not be accepted.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please click here.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, describe your reasons for undertaking study in the Health Sciences at The George Washington University. You should state your academic objectives, career plans, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Additional Requirements:

Copy of MT/CLS/MLS national certification credentials.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • PTE Academic: 68

Supporting Documents not Submitted Online should be Mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20037

Contact for Questions:
hsphora@gwu.edu ~ (202) 994-8528
202-994-0870 (fax)
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday