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Online Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine

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Discover the Next Breakthrough in Laboratory Science

The George Washington University’s (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine program is designed to prepare you for a career in medical laboratory science. As one of the few Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) graduate programs in the country that combines online coursework and a hands-on practicum, you’ll gain the knowledge and experience you need to sit for the national MLS certification exam.

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in a laboratory setting. You’ll learn how to evaluate research and new technologies to understand their relevance in the field, investigate research questions critical to clinical lab practice, and develop problem-solving skills necessary to lead and respond to future changes in laboratory science.

Upon completion of the Master’s in Laboratory Medicine program, you will possess the skills to evaluate research and new technologies to understand their relevance in the field, investigate research questions critical to clinical lab practice, and lead and respond to future changes in laboratory science.

Program Details

  • Modality: Online coursework with an in-person practicum component
  • Total credit hours: 52
  • Total number of courses: 21
  • Program completion: Two years (part-time)
  • Residency requirement: Students are required to complete 6 practicum courses in their geographic location.


The George Washington University MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program is in the initial stages of becoming accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Program Outcomes

The online MSHS in Laboratory Medicine program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. You’ll gain the comprehensive skills you need to succeed in the field of laboratory medicine, so when you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate research to understand its relevance in the laboratory science field
  • Investigate research questions pertinent to clinical laboratory practice
  • Analyze new laboratory-related technologies and determine their relevance in the lab
  • Implement a research study to improve and enhance the medical laboratory science field
  • Communicate, both orally and in writing, in an effective and scholarly manner
  • Integrate basic ethical principles and cultural sensitivity both in the professional and research setting

What Can You Do With an MSHS in Laboratory Medicine?

  • Be prepared to sit for the National Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Certification Exam
  • Enter a booming field that will continue to demand workers as health issues associated with the aging U.S. population increase
  • Advance your career in an in-demand field where the number of available jobs is expected to increase 13 percent (approximately 42,700 jobs) by 2026, according to projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Pursue a career in a laboratory setting like diagnostic laboratories, research institutions, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies

Career Outlook

When you complete the master’s in laboratory medicine program, you’ll have gained the knowledge, experience, and skills to pursue positions such as:


Medical Laboratory Scientist


Biotechnology Research Associate


MLS Instructor


Laboratory Manager


Source: Payscale.com, March 2018

Sample Course Offerings

MLS 6116

Advanced Clinical Bacteriology I

MLS 6119

Advanced Parasitology, Mycology, and Virology

MLS 6130

Advanced Hematology I

MLS 6141

Advanced Immunology and Serology

MLS 6145

Advanced Clinical Biochemistry I

MLS 6150

Advanced Immunohematology

MLS 6151

Advanced Molecular Diagnostics

MLS 6158

Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university 
  • 16 credits of biology, 16 credits of chemistry, three credits of college algebra or higher at a grade of C or higher
  • For international students, submit your official score of one of the following exams:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Discover Your Future in Laboratory Medicine

To learn more about the online Master’s in Laboratory Medicine, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323 or request more information.