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. National certification as an MLT or MLS/MT/CLS, specialist, or subject technologist is required. Students with other certifications should contact 844-386-7323 for additional eligibility criteria.
Accreditation and Rankings
- Fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- #66 Best National University*
- #19 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs*
* U.S. News & World Report‘s 2021 Best Colleges Rankings
- 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
The online Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) consists of 36 credits, including 15 credits in courses in the field and a mentored research project, 6 credits in strategic leadership courses, 12 credits in graduate research courses, and one 3-credit elective course.View Courses
In the online MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences program, you’ll gain the comprehensive skills you need to succeed in the field of clinical operations, so when you graduate, you’ll be able to:
- Apply the scientific method to understand outcome-based solutions which promote the progress of medical laboratory science and related health care practices
- Analyze laboratory techniques and data in order to generate valid conclusions in the laboratory.
- Apply appropriate skills to effectively manage and lead a laboratory.
- Effectively communicate scientific concepts and literature in professional settings to advance knowledge of the discipline.
- Integrate basic ethical principles and cultural sensitivity in the professional and research setting to maintain an inclusive laboratory practice.
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.
Medical laboratory sciences is a booming field, expecting 11% growth between 2018 and 2028, and will continue to demand workers as health issues associated with the aging U.S. population increase.
Graduates of GW’s 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
To apply for the MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences, you’ll need:
- Completed application
- 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
- Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science, or a related science
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- 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.
The MSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences program at GW consists of 36 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here.
Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. Please call at (844) 386-7323 for more information.Get Tuition Details
Meet the Program Director
Rohini Ganjoo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrated Health Sciences
Dr. Ganjoo is the current Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program director and has over 10 years of experience in teaching and research. In addition to her program director duties, Dr. Ganjoo teaches several graduate courses within the MLS program, such as Molecular Biology, Genetics, Medical Biotechnology, Research Ethics and Integrity, and Microbial Pathogenesis.
Prior to her arrival at George Washington University (GW), Dr. Ganjoo was an assistant professor at the Biotechnology Department of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). At NVCC she taught various undergraduate courses such as Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and was the recipient of several educational foundation grants.
Dr. Ganjoo completed her doctorate from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in 2008 where she worked on drug resistance and protein signaling in lung cancer cells. Dr. Ganjoo has also published her research in peer-reviewed journals. Besides her expertise in teaching and life sciences, Dr. Ganjoo was the operations director of Ziby Creations and responsible for business development, support, and operational efficiency.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved March 6, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm