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Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine

The Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington is the premier resource for education and research in basic and clinical laboratory science for the greater WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho). The Master of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine prepares the graduate for advanced technical and supervisory positions in the clinical and research laboratories as well as pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries.

Graduate Curriculum

To complete the program, at least 36 credits are required, of which nine are thesis credits. Full-time medical laboratory scientists typically complete the program in two years. Non-medical laboratory scientists with a BS degree in chemistry, microbiology or biology (see admission requirements below) may need three years to complete the program.

Core Requirements for All Pathways

BIOST 511 Medical Biometry I (4)
LAB M 502 Laboratory Medicine Grand Rounds (3)
LAB M 510 Laboratory Medicine Research Conference (3)
LAB M 520 Organization and Management in Laboratory Medicine (3)
LAB M 601 Laboratory Medicine Internship in Teaching (3)
LAB M 700 Master's Thesis in Laboratory Medicine (9)

Career and Research Opportunities

A Master of Science degree in Laboratory Medicine provides opportunities to work in the health profession including: laboratory management, administration, research, global health, consultation, education and industry. Graduates of our two-year program currently work for public, private and non-profit health agencies, educational institutions, the military, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Pathways

Admission Requirements

The Program accepts both certified medical laboratory scientists and college graduates with a BS degree in chemistry, microbiology or biology or other scientific discipline. The Program is highly competitive for students who are not ASCP certified.

For medical laboratory scientists (MLS/MT) or (MLT) or with significant experience in a clinical laboratory, requirements include:

  1. Achievement of a 3.0 grade point average in the last 90 graded quarter credits or the last 60 graded semester credits.
  2. Certification as a medical laboratory scientist, i.e. medical laboratory scientist, (MLS) or equivalent, or as a medical laboratory technician (MLT) or equivalent, or as a specialist in a clinical laboratory field is strongly recommended.
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test within the last five years.
  4. Foreign students must have a satisfactory command of the English language. Results of the TOEFL, MLT or IELTS must be submitted to the Graduate School. These scores are only good for two years.
  5. A 200-300 word statement about your educational and professional objectives and reasons for taking the Master of Science Program.
  6. Three letters of recommendation.


For students with an undergraduate degree in a scientific field such as chemistry, microbiology or biology, admission requirements include:

  1. Outstanding academic achievements, including a 3.2 grade point average in the last 90 graded quarter credits or the last 60 graded semester credits.
  2. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test within the last five years.
  3. Foreign students must have an excellent command of the English language. Results of the TOEFL, MLT or IELTS must be submitted to the Graduate School. These scores are only good for two years.
  4. A 200-300-word statement about your educational and professional objectives and reasons for taking the Master of Science Program.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
  6. Personal interviews with department faculty are strongly recommended.

Applications

Medical laboratory scientists are encouraged to apply for the autumn term admission by February 15th, but may apply for any quarter on a rolling admission basis. All other prospective applicants must apply by February 15th for autumn admission.

Application forms and procedures for admission to the Graduate School are available on the web at: http:www.grad.washington.edu/

Contact information:

  • Harvey Schiller, MD
  • Associate Professor
  • Graduate Program Director
  • Department of Laboratory Medicine
  • BOX 357110
  • Seattle, WA 98195-7110
  • tel: 206-598-2148
  • hschil@u.washington.edu

Last updated: 08/25/11

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