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BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences: Admission Requirements

Key Dates

Application Deadline

March 26, 2021

Start Date

April 26, 2021

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences, you’ll need:

Completed Application
Cumulative and Science GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale
Personal statement: Please include a 250–500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University and 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.
One letter of recommendation
Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars, and graduates of minority-serving institutions (MSI).
Completed coursework: All required courses must be completed with a C grade (C- grades and lower do not transfer) or better at a regionally accredited institution of higher learning: 3 credits English Composition, 3 credits College Algebra, Statistics (or higher), 8 credits Biology (lecture and lab), 4 credits Microbiology (lecture and lab), 8 credits Chemistry (lecture and lab), 3 credits Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry. *Please be prepared to provide unofficial transcripts to determine program admissibility.
Prospective students must be a certified MLT for the fully online program. However, prospective students do not need the MLT certification for the BSHS MLS blended program, which is the hybrid online and in-person program also available from GW for students who live near the Washington, D.C., metro area. Please call (844) 386-7323 to speak with an advisor for additional details.
Students who live outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission.
Post Matriculation (to be completed before the end of the first semester): Physical exam with clinician sign-off of Essential Functions Form, copy of criminal background check, copy of drug screening test.

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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), 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

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.