Application deadline January 15. Classes begin spring 2020

The MS-MLS for science graduates program is designed for individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in biology, chemistry, or a related major and who are not certified medical technologists or medical laboratory scientists but who desire a career in the clinical laboratory sciences. Upon completion, these individuals will be eligible to take a national examination for certification as a medical laboratory scientist. Through this degree, students will gain specialized, in-depth professional hands-on skills and leadership competencies preparing them to succeed within the increasingly clinical laboratory sciences sector. The MS in MLS will allow students to gain defined “bench-focused” technical competency, in addition to training in regulatory and fiscal affairs that impact laboratory management. Completion of this program, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), will prepare students to perform clinical laboratory testing and to complete the national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Science, MLS(ASCP). Following graduation students can apply their knowledge to meet specific career goals whether it be clinical laboratory practice or (with experience) management

Benefits of the program include:

• Gaining a workforce ready, well-rounded and marketable technical skills geared for future employment
• Exposure to regulatory, fiscal and management aspects of laboratory practice
• Rapid and fixed time frame of degree completion (18 months)
• Internships integrated into the curriculum offer a leg up in the job market upon graduation
• Preparation to sit for the medical laboratory scientist board of certification exam offered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology, ASCP/BOC


Please visit the Office of Graduate & Professional Education‘s website for tuition rates.


66-credit blended (both online, hybrid and face-to-face instruction)

Admission Requirements

  • Application is competitive and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is recommended.
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Completion of the TOEFL requirements are described in detail below for international applicants
  • Written statement of goals and objectives (the personal statement) that clearly identifies the applicant’s research and curriculum interests and explains how admission to the program will facilitate his/her professional objectives.
  • Current résumé and two academic or professional letters of recommendation

Students not having completed a BS in a science based discipline may be considered for admission provided they have completed the following science and math prerequisite course work: 16 credits of Biological Sciences including one semester of Microbiology (a course in Immunology is strongly recommended); 12 credits of chemistry including one semester of organic chemistry; and 3 credits of college level math or statistics.

MS in Medical Sciences in Medical Laboratory Science

Sample Schedule of Course Completion

Spring 1

MMSC 607/617  Clinical Phys Chem I with lab 

MMSC 623/624 Hematology I with lab 

MMSC 628/629 Medical Micro with lab 

MMSC 609/619 Immunoheme I with lab 

Summer 1

MMSC 690  Clinical and Molecular Cell Biology (online) 

MMSC 603 Research Design (online)

Fall 1

MMSC 636 Clinical Physiological Chem II

MMSC 637 Clinical Instrumentation

MMSC 633/634 Hematology II with lab

MMSC 620/621 Immunohematology II with lab

MMSC 638/639 Diagnostic Bacteriology & Medical Mycology with lab

MMSC 602/612 Body Fluid Analysis with lab

Spring 2

MMSC 605 Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Laboratory Management

MMSC 627 Flow Cytometry

MMSC 815 Contemporary Topics Research I

MMSC 691 Human Molecular Genetics

Summer 2

MMSC 673 Advanced Clinical Chemistry and Body Fluid Analysis Practicum

MMSC 675 Advanced Clinical Hematology Practicum

MMSC 677 Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Practicum

MMSC 679 Advanced Clinical Immunohematology Practicum

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science


Why a Master’s Degree in Medical Sciences?

In today’s competitive employment market, individuals seeking management and leadership positions in the laboratory-based health professions require a graduate level degree.

The Master of Science in Medical Sciences (MMS) is designed for practicing professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the clinical laboratory sciences and develop new proficiencies needed to meet the challenges of a changing profession and fast-paced development in technology.

Uniqueness of Our Program

The MMS will allow students to specifically tailor their program of study to meet their specific career goals whether it be laboratory administration, advanced laboratory practice skills, research or laboratory science education.

The curricular flexibility of this program will allow laboratory professionals to gain knowledge and technical competency in emerging areas of practice in the laboratory such as molecular diagnostics.

Career Paths:

Graduates will be uniquely positioned to make lasting contributions to health sciences and healthcare through laboratory leadership and research exploration.  Programs of study can be configured to prepare individuals to address critical management, quality assurance, operational, financial and research study issues in clinical or basic science laboratories.

Graduate School for:

The MMS will allow students to engage in collaborative educational and research opportunities with faculty, students and laboratory practitioners.  As a result, graduates will be well-positioned to pursue further education in medical, veterinary or basic science doctoral programs.

Our Curriculum

The MS in Applied Molecular Biology & Biotechnology is built on 51 graduate credits that include both core courses, fieldwork experiences and individualized concentration electives. The curriculum is designed to be completed in one year.  

Course topics you will explore:

  • Methods in Bioscience Education
  • Research Design
  • Research or Capstone Project
  • Laboratory Administration Fieldwork
  • Laboratory Education/Instruction Fieldwork
  • Regulatory and Fiscal Issues in Lab Management

Contact us:
College of Health Sciences
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
305 Willard Hall Education Building
Newark, DE  19716
Phone: 302-831-2849





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