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Molecular Diagnostic Science

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Master of Science in Health Sciences (M.S.H.S.)
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

Molecular diagnostic testing uses highly sensitive and specific laboratory techniques to detect and identify biomarkers at the nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) level. Common molecular-based applications include medical diagnosis, establishing prognosis, monitoring the course of disease, and selecting optimal therapies. The Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences prepares both MLS certified and non-certified individuals for careers in clinical or public health laboratories, research institutions, law enforcement agencies, as well as biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies. The proposed curriculum has been designed so that students can complete the entire program in two academic years and offers the flexibility of allowing students to enroll either on a full-time or part-time basis. Furthermore, the program of study provides practical experience to individuals with no previous clinical molecular diagnostic experience in the form of a Molecular Diagnostics Practicum course.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines:

Fall - July 15
Spring - November 1
Summer - April 15

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

Standardized Test Scores:

Not required

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:

Please include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, your academic objectives, career development plan, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.

Degree and GPA Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or a related science. Prerequisite courses: chemistry – 16 credits (including biochemistry or organic), biology – 16 credits (including microbiology), and college algebra or higher – 3 credits.

International Applicants:

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, 250 on computer-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 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