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

Program Highlights:

  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • 100% online coursework, no visits to campus required
  • Complete your degree in 24 months  
  • The program is designed to facilitate movement into leadership, supervisory, management or teaching positions in the clinical laboratory 
  • Applicants must currently be MLT or MLS/MT/CLS certified, specialist certified (e.g. SBB), or have subject technologist certification

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

The George Washington University's (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a non-clinical online program designed for students who hold national certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist.

Guided by faculty who are actively practicing in the field, you'll focus on strategic leadership practices and build an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a clinical laboratory. You'll learn how to analyze, evaluate, and effectively communicate research data in your field of interest. You'll also learn to apply empirical knowledge and the scientific method to resolve lab and health sciences issues while studying new laboratory-related technologies to determine their relevance in the lab.

Program Outcomes
The online MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum and real-world experience. Youll gain the comprehensive skills you need to succeed in the field of clinical operations, so when you graduate, you'll be able to:

  • Analyze research data and explain its relevance, both orally and in writing, so you can better interpret lab results to patients and other medical professionals
  • Assess and investigate research questions to help form topics for your own research in clinical laboratory practice
  • Apply empirical knowledge and the scientific method to clearly identify issues, diagnose patients, and a plan for next steps
  • Develop a logical and ethical approach to research procedures and understand the importance of properly defining research problems
  • Analyze new laboratory-related technologies and determine their relevance in the lab to better understand how and when to use them
  • Become a subject matter expert and contribute to the medical laboratory science profession as a whole by sharing advanced knowledge and practical skills with peers and the scientific field
  • Move beyond running tests by analyzing, evaluating, and designing projects to improve and enhance medical laboratory science and health-related services
  • Collaborate well with others and communicate your ideas effectively, both written and orally
  • Integrate basic ethical principles and cultural sensitivity both in the professional and research setting

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?
The George Washington University's (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a non-clinical online program designed for students who hold national certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist.

Career Outlook
Medical laboratory sciences is a booming field that will continue to demand workers as health issues associated with the aging U.S. population increase. Graduates of GWs online MLS program will be prepared to seek leadership or management positions in clinical or diagnostic laboratories, public health laboratories, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. Careers in medical laboratory sciences include:

  • Medical Laboratory Supervisor
  • MLT/MLS Teaching positions
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientist/Supervisor
  • Biotechnology or Government Research Associate

Discover Your Future in Medical Laboratory Science
To learn more about the online Masters in Medical Laboratory Science, contact an Admissions Advisor today at (844) 386-7323.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science, or a related science (e.g. biology, chemistry, microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution.

  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 an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist or subject technologist Students with other certifications should contact the program office for eligibility criteria.
  5. Completed Application
  6. Resume/CV
  7. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.Requirement
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 Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) consists of 36 credit hours, including 15 credit hours in the field of MLS and a mentored research project, 6 credit hours of strategic leadership courses, 12 credits of graduate research coursework, and a 3 credit hour elective. 

  • HSCI 6223 Topics in Health Care Leadership 3 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 6241 The Health Care Enterprise3 Credits

    Designed the around the development of an enterprise strategic plan, exposes the student to the essential components of business administration. The student identifies an enterprise, develops a mission and vision, strategic initiatives, a marketing strategy, and an economic model for sustainability. Through the development of an integrated strategic plan the student builds an understanding of the intricacies of managing and leading a business unit. This course has a primary deliverable outside of the weekly discussions in which material for the final plan is developed. Current environmental pressures and health care reform measures that have significant impact on the health care enterprise inform the course. 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 6263Biostatistics 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 6264 Epidemiology for Clinical and Translational Research 3 Credits

    This course is designed to be a foundation of basic concepts and methods of epidemiology and their application in measuring, students utilize this course to study and improve the health of populations and learn of its applications for translational research.

  • HSCI 6270 Research Methods for Health Professionals I 3 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 6242 Molecular Pathology 3 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 6243 Education and Assessment in MLS 3 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.

  • MLS 6244 Research 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 MLS3 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. In the final semester, the students carry out the project that they proposed and write a paper following the author guidelines in a peer-reviewed journal that might publish their results. Publication is not required, but is encouraged for those that are interested.

  • Elective3 Credits

    A list of possible elective courses will be provided upon admission that will be selected in consultation with the program director and advisor.

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.
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    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.
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