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Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine Program
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Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine

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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 total, 1 per quarter)
LAB M 510 Laboratory Medicine Research Conference (3 total, 1 per quarter)
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.


MS Program - Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Laboratory Medicine Program accepts both certified medical laboratory scientists and college graduates with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, microbiology or biology or other scientific discipline. The program is highly competitive for students who are not ASCP certified.

Requirements for all applicants:

  • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended
  • Achievement of a 3.0 grade point average in the last 90 graded quarter credits or the last 60 graded semester credits
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Aptitude Test within the last five years
  • Foreign students must have a satisfactory command of the English language. Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted to the Graduate School with a minimum score of 100. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the date of the test. We no longer accept IELTS results.
  • A two page personal statement about your educational and professional objectives and reasons for applying for the Master of Science Program. Please address the following items in the statement:
    • Why you want to apply to this program
    • Your background, education, and research experience
    • Notable successes and/or obstacles you have overcome
    • The pathway you want to pursue in the program
    • Faculty you wish to do research/thesis with and why
  • Three letters of recommendation

Additional requirements for medical laboratory scientists (MLS/MT) or medical laboratory technicians (MLT) or with significant experience in a clinical laboratory:

  • Certification as a medical laboratory scientist in one's country of origin, i.e. MLS or equivalent, or as an MLT or equivalent, or as a specialist in a clinical laboratory field is strongly recommended. Individuals not certified as an MLS in the United States are encouraged to seek ASCPi certification.

Additional requirements for students with an undergraduate degree in a scientific field such as chemistry, microbiology or biology:

  • Applicants must have significant research experience consisting of at least one year of work in a research laboratory.

Application Process

All prospective applicants must submit a complete application by March 15th for autumn admission. Eligible candidates may be invited for an in-person or video interview.

Application forms and procedures for admission to the Graduate School are available on the web at:

Contact information:

  • Graduate Program
  • Department of Laboratory Medicine
  • Box 357110
  • 1959 NE Pacific Street, NW120
  • Seattle, WA 98195-7110
  • Tel: 206-598-6131

Last updated: 02/08/2019

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