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MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Science: Admission Requirements

Key Dates

Summer 2023 Fall 2023*Spring 2024
Application Deadline3/31/237/21/23December 2023
Start Date5/1/238/24/23January 2024

*Applicants must apply in the summer to start this program in the fall semester.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

Completed Application
Bachelor’s degree in a basic or medical science (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology) from a regionally accredited institution
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Completed courses should include: 3 credits english; 3 credits of college math (algebra, statistics, or higher). Additionally, students must have completed a combination of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of biological, chemical and/or medical science courses with a grade of C or higher that includes the following courses: general biology I and II with hands-on lab; general or inorganic chemistry with hands-on lab. Please be prepared to provide unofficial transcripts to determine program admissibility.
A written personal statement: 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.
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).
Two letters of recommendation
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.
Applicants with clinical laboratory experience may be eligible to waive individual practical requirements. Students who live outside of the Washington, D.C., metro area are required to secure a satisfactory clinical site at the time of admission. Learn more about the clinical waivers and the clinical placement process.
Review the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policies in the Health Sciences Programs Bulletin
Since each state may have different requirements for licensure, each student is encouraged to contact their state’s regulating agency and review these requirements prior to beginning any degree program. State’s requiring licensure may require extended duration of practicum experiences. Also, some states, such as New York, do not provide licensure for categorical certification (e.g., Technologist in Molecular Biology). 

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Note, 45 transferrable credits required to apply for BSHS and BSHS/MSHS dual degree programs

International Students

This program is not visa eligible. Permanent residents or those with a valid visa (e.g., work) may apply to perform their rotation in the US. International students may apply without a visa if they have an approved clinical site in their geographic region.

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: 600 on paper-based or 100 on 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.