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Online Master of Science in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

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Uncover the Next Breakthrough in Personalized Medicine and Biotechnology

The George Washington University’s (GW) online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences examines the latest nucleic acid based technologies to provide you with the skills and practical experience to solve complex issues in molecular diagnostics.

GW’s comprehensive online program is one of few that pairs molecular biology and biotechnology coursework with a real-world clinical rotation experience. This combination not only prepares you to work in a molecular diagnostic lab, but also gets you one step closer to becoming certified in molecular biology by qualifying you to register for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification Exam.

When you complete the Master's in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences program, you’ll have the skills needed to excel in the field of molecular diagnostics so you can pursue a career in a variety of healthcare organizations like clinical molecular laboratories, public health laboratories and biotechnology companies.

Program Details

  • Modality: Online coursework in combination with an in-person clinical rotation
  • Total credit hours: 35
  • Total number of courses: 12
  • Program completion: Two years (part-time)
  • Residency requirement: Students are required to complete a clinical laboratory rotation in their geographic location.


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

Program Outcomes

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

  • Research, evaluate, implement, and monitor methods of collection, transport and handling of various specimen types for molecular analysis
  • Research and develop principles and apply molecular-based testing to influence patient/client outcomes
  • Research, develop and implement preventive and corrective maintenance programs for equipment and assays, as well as troubleshoot and evaluate appropriate actions for problem resolution
  • Design, conduct and disseminate correlations in molecular science
  • Apply knowledge of molecular and genetic theory and principles as they relate to disease diagnosis
  • Maintain a safe work environment; adhere to all safety regulations and display responsible conduct in research

What Can You Do With an MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences?

  • Prepare for ASCP Board Certification in Molecular Biology
  • Utilize your skills to conduct molecular assays in any number of medical areas including the diagnosis of cancer, genetic disorders, infectious disease, or identity testing
  • Pursue a career in diagnostic clinical laboratories, government and law enforcement agencies, public health laboratories, biotechnology companies, or research institutions

Career Outlook

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


Molecular Technologist


Biotechnology Research Scientist


Research Associate


Source: Payscale.com, March 2018

Sample Course Offerings

MLS 2158

Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations

MLS 6216

Microbial Pathogenesis

MLS 6217

Medical Biotechnology

MLS 6218


MLS 6219

Molecular Biology

MLS 6242

Molecular Pathology

MLS 6263

Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research

MLS 6244

Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity

Admissions Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Bachelor’s degree in a basic or health-related science (e.g., Medical laboratory science, biology, chemistry, microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • 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)

Establish Your Future in Medical Diagnostic Science

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323 or request more information.