• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    2 years

Program Highlights:

  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • 100% online, no residency required; complete your degree in 24 months  
  • This is a non-clinical program that explores the innovative methods that are essential in transfusion medicine  
  • The program is for individuals who are looking to advance to management or leadership positions within the blood banking or transfusion medicine fields 

Master of Science in Immunohematology and Biotechnology

The George Washington University's (GW) fully online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Immunohematology and Biotechnology is a non-clinical program that explores the innovative methods that are essential in transfusion medicine. Designed for students who hold national certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/ Specialist, this flexible online program provides the strategic leadership and practical research skills you need to lead within a laboratory setting.

As one of the few graduate programs that focus on immunohematology, this is a unique opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge in transfusion medicine as well as molecular biology and biotechnology. You'll also examine leadership best practices and apply management models to real-world situations, giving you the confidence to take ownership of large projects and manage day-to-day lab operations.

When you graduate with the Masters in Immunohematology and Biotechnology, you will be prepared to advance your career in leadership positions at blood banking laboratories, donor centers, and more.

Program Outcomes
The online Immunohematology and Biotechnology Master's program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. In GW's cutting-edge program, you'll learn to integrate methods of molecular biology and biotechnologies into transfusion medicine, in addition to acquiring theoretical knowledge and practical skills. When you graduate from the MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program, you'll be prepared to:

  • Apply principles of traditional and molecular laboratory procedures to perform diagnostic analyses
  • Calculate results obtained from clinical and research laboratory test data
  • Evaluate laboratory data to refine or develop laboratory test procedures
  • Correlate laboratory and quality control data to assess patient test results
  • Conduct and disseminate results of transfusion medicine studies
  • Apply knowledge of immunohematology and transfusion medicine principles as they relate to disease diagnosis
  • Maintain a safe laboratory work environment
  • Comply with laboratory safety regulations and regulatory policies
  • Apply ethical decision making to issues related to clinical laboratory practice

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
The online MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program is designed for students who hold national certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/Specialist.

Career Outlook
Graduates of the MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology program will be prepared to advance to senior or leadership positions in blood banking laboratories, blood centers, donor centers, and transfusion medicine research. Careers include:

  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate
  • Blood Banking Laboratory Supervisor/Manager
  • Blood Bank Laboratory Manager
  • Transfusion Medicine or Molecular Biology Scientist

Accelerate Your Career in Transfusion Medicine
To learn more about the online Immunohematology and Biotechnology masters program, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.

New York Residents - We advise applicants who are considering New York state licensure to review license requirements before accepting admission to the program.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

5600 N River Road, Suite 720

Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. A written personal statement

    Statement of Purpose (Applicants must include a 250-500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at GW, your academic objectives, career goals and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.)

  4. National certification as a Medical Technologist (MT), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Blood Banking Technologist/ Specialist.
  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military and veterans, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, graduates of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and current McNair Program Scholars.
  8. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  9. Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members
  10. International Students: Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration: TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based GW's school code for the TOEFL is 5246. PTE: overall score of 68 IELTS: overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0 International applicants may be considered for admission without submitting the above scores if: You are a citizen of a country where English is the official language, You hold a bachelor’s degree from a country where English is the official language and language of instruction, You hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.
  11. Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policies in the Health Sciences Programs Bulletin: https://smhs.gwu.edu/academics/health-sciences/student-services/bulletin.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.


The online MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology is a 35 credit hour program including 6 credits of Elective Courses selected in consultation with the program director, from existing online graduate courses in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences or Health Sciences.

  • HSCI 6263 Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research 3 Credits

    One learns a foundation in the basic concepts and methods of biostatistics applied to translational research. Topics include distributions, populations and sample selection, variables, interaction and confounding, hypothesis formulation, correlation, t-tests, ANOVA, regression, and chi-square analysis.

  • HSCI 6297 Independent Study for Health Professionals 1 Credit

    To learn more about topics for study, please contact GW admissions advisors.

  • MLS 6158Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations3 Credits

    The laboratory environment is constantly responding to diverging trends in healthcare. This course provides students with a problem-based approach to the principles of laboratory management and will focus on managerial concepts that will provide opportunities to apply theoretical management models to real-life situations in the clinical laboratory.

  • MLS 6213 Seminar in Immunohematology 2 Credits

    Federal, state, and international regulations that govern the blood bank industry; laboratory research related to blood products; new product and practice guidelines; legal, social, and ethical issues related to transfusion medicine.

  • MLS 6217 Medical Biotechnology 2 Credits

    This course provides a comprehensive overview of current molecular technologies and how they are used in modern medicine.

  • MLS 6218 Genetics 3 Credits

    This course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics, with an emphasis on genomics and human diseases.

  • MLS 6219 Molecular Biology 3 Credits

    This course will emphasize the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation and gene regulation in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

  • MLS 6244Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity 3 Credits

    Traditional and modern topics in research ethics and scientific integrity. Students will learn to conduct unbiased peer-review, conduct research, and report on an independent case examinations, research misconduct or other ethical issues, and participate in oral scientific and ethical discussions.

  • MLS 6245 Current Topics in MLS 3 Credits

    Exploration of findings within the medical laboratory science field. Current topics will be integrated into the development of a required project proposal for the capstone research project that the student will complete in the following semester.

  • MLS 6246Capstone Project3 Credits

    Students apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to complete an independent, mentored project. A proposal for the capstone project will have been developed by the student as a component of the Current Topics in MLS course (MLS 6245) during the previous semester.

  • HSCI 6223Topics in Health Care Leadership3 Credits

    Requires students to think critically about leadership concepts by analyzing and evaluating academic articles associated with leadership, change management and systems development. Topics in Healthcare Leadership is designed to use course content as a mechanism for developing critical thinking skills. This is a course that requires academic writing, contrasting and comparing and ideas, and extrapolating current literature into practical application. The focus is on thinking. While very structured, the course is not didactic in nature. This course is interdisciplinary and exposes students to other disciplines and worldviews that make up the health care sector in society, broadening the student’s overall perspective.

  • HSCI 6240Issues and Trends in Health Systems3 Credits

    You will examine clinical research and health care environments at the macro-level, which translates to identifying and examining the larger contemporary issues, trends, policies, and pressures that influence and shape current clinical research and health care practices.

  • HSCI 6270Research Methods for Health Professionals I3 Credits

    This course and HSCI 271 are designed to provide the graduate student with the foundations necessary to conduct graduate level research using both quantitative and qualitative analytical methods. HSCI 270 will provide a broad foundational basis from which the student can then pursue a more focused research project in HSCI 271 tailored to the student’s program of study.

  • HSCI 6271Research Methods for Health Professionals II3 Credits

    Provides the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and synthesize clinical research, evaluate evidence-based methods, develop research questions, and identify appropriate inquiry methodologies. Building on basic statistical and epidemiological concepts acquired in HSCI270, students learn the essentials of research study design. By reviewing the literature and critically examining clinical research studies, students explore the similarities, differences, benefits, and limitations of diverse approaches to clinical research design, and obtain the knowledge and skills needed to make evidence-based decisions to inform healthcare practice.

  • MLS 6216Microbial Pathogenesis3 Credits

    A comprehensive overview of the molecular basis of diseases caused by microbial pathogens with a focus on model microbial systems to illustrate mechanisms of the human infectious disease process.

  • MLS 6242Molecular Pathology3 Credits

    Investigation of human disease processes with an emphasis on the molecular and genetic mechanisms of disease. The goal of this class is to advance students’ understanding of how molecular, cellular and genetic approaches are used to investigate human diseases.

  • MLS 6243Education and Assessment in MLS3 Credits

    A study of instructional design as applied to the education and training of MLS professionals; a project-oriented course in which students design, develop, and evaluate a set of MLS instructional materials and assessment tools.

Tuition & Fees

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.

  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $980
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2,940

What's it like to earn this degree online?

  • Study on your schedule
    The flexible anytime, anywhere approach to online learning at GW means that you can study and work on assignments when and where it’s convenient for you. Balance your personal and professional commitments. At GW online, you can advance your career without stopping it.
  • Personalized learning
    Many of our online programs have a student-instructor ratio that’s lower than on-campus classes, making it easier to interact with fellow students and get personalized attention from your instructors. Plus, you have access to one-on-one tutoring to help ensure your success.
  • The prestige of a GW degree
    Now you can earn a GW degree without relocating your life, giving you access to the distinguished connections and opportunities we provide. When you earn a degree from an online program at GW, you earn a degree from the George Washington University. Entrusted with its rights, privileges, and honors, you’ll join the ever-expanding GW alumni community who make the world a better place.
  • Connect to campus from anywhere
    GW is your link to leading authorities in policy and health care in Washington, D.C. You’ll be able to research, collaborate, and discuss with classmates and instructors using online learning management systems. Engage with all the resources GW offers, including tutors, the writing center, career services, and libraries—all online.
  • A dedicated advisor from day one
    Each GW online student is assigned an academic advisor who will support your journey to graduation. You’ll get help finding resources, guidance on scheduling classes, answers to your questions, and more. As an online learner at GW, you’re never alone.
  • Round-the-clock tech support
    A late-night software malfunction won’t keep you from getting your assignment in on time. GW provides 24/7 technical support for our online students, ensuring you have complete access to what you need, when you need it.

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