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Online Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Take the Lead in Improving Patient Health

The George Washington University’s (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a non-clinical online program designed for students who hold national certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist.

Guided by faculty who are actively practicing in the field, you’ll focus on strategic leadership practices and build an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a clinical laboratory. You’ll learn how to analyze, evaluate, and effectively communicate research data in your field of interest. You’ll also learn to apply empirical knowledge and the scientific method to resolve lab and health sciences issues, while studying new laboratory-related technologies to determine their relevance in the lab.

Program Details

  • Modality: Fully online
  • Total credit hours: 36
  • Total number of courses: 12
  • Program completion: Two years (part-time)
  • Residency requirement: None

Program Outcomes

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

  • Analyze research data and explain its relevance, both orally and in writing, so you can better interpret lab results to patients and other medical professionals
  • Assess and investigate research questions to help form topics for your own research in clinical laboratory practice   
  • Apply empirical knowledge and the scientific method to clearly identify issues, diagnose patients, and a plan for next steps  
  • Develop a logical and ethical approach to research procedures and understand the importance of properly defining research problems
  • Analyze new laboratory-related technologies and determine their relevance in the lab to better understand how and when to use them 
  • Become a subject matter expert and contribute to the medical laboratory science profession as a whole by sharing advanced knowledge and practical skills with peers and the scientific field
  • Move beyond running tests by analyzing, evaluating, and designing projects to improve and enhance medical laboratory science and health-related services
  • Collaborate well with others and communicate your ideas effectively, both written and orally
  • Integrate basic ethical principles and cultural sensitivity both in the professional and research setting

What Can You Do With an MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences?

  • Learn to effectively lead and manage a business unit in the healthcare field
  • Enter a booming field that will continue to demand workers as health issues associated with the aging U.S. population increase
  • Seek leadership or management positions in clinical or diagnostic laboratories, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies

Career Outlook

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


MLT or MLS Instructor


Laboratory Manager


Medical/Clinical Laboratory Supervisor


Source: Payscale.com, March 2018

Sample Course Offerings

MLS 6242

Molecular Pathology

MLS 6243

Education and Assessment in MLS

MLS 6244

Research Ethics in Scientific Integrity

MLS 6245

Current Topics in MLS

MLS 6223

Topics in Healthcare Leadership

MLS 6241

The Health Care Enterprise

MLS 6263

Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

MLS 6264

Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science, or a related science (e.g. biology, chemistry, microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution
  • National certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist Students with other certifications should contact the program office for eligibility criteria.
  • 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 Medical Laboratory Sciences

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