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MSHS in Laboratory Medicine

Those seeking a leadership career in clinical lab practices and healthcare research could build necessary skills when they choose The George Washington University's Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine program. Learn more about this online MSHS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

To be considered for this program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a science or medical science field and have completed specific prerequisite coursework, including general or inorganic chemistry, biology, chemistry or medical sciences, and microbiology. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is also required. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine program at The George Washington University is designed to provide an advanced education in clinical diagnostic processes and laboratory processes. Topics addressed in core coursework include specimen collection and handling, diagnostic techniques, infectious diseases, the immune system and immune-related diseases, biochemical methodologies, and laboratory management practices. Specific techniques and practices of hematology, bacteriology, parasitology, virology, mycology, and immunohematology may also be discussed. Students will also have a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and apply their learned skills through a series of advanced practicums in clinical microbiology, biochemistry, coagulation, hematology, and urinalysis. All students also complete an extensive research project addressing a current topic in medical laboratory science.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

52 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Health Sciences in Laboratory Medicine:

A total of 20 courses and a capstone project totaling 52 credits must be completed to earn this MSHS in Laboratory Medicine degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact The George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (52 credits)

  • Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Current Topics in MLS
  • Advanced Clinical Bacteriology I
  • Advanced Clinical Bacteriology II
  • Advanced Parasitology, Mycology and Virology
  • Advanced Hematology I
  • Advanced Hematology II
  • Advanced Immunology and Serology
  • Advanced Clinical Biochemistry I
  • Advanced Clinical Biochemistry II
  • Advanced Immunohematology
  • Advanced Molecular Diagnostics
  • Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations
  • Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity
  • Capstone Project
  • Advanced Clinical Biochemistry Practicum
  • Advanced Blood Bank Practicum
  • Advanced Coagulation Practicum
  • Advanced Hematology Practicum
  • Advanced Clinical Microbiology Practicum
  • Advanced Urinalysis Practicum

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While completion of the MSHS - Laboratory Medicine program could prepare graduates for managerial positions in medical lab settings, those who wish to explore postsecondary academic careers or administrative positions in research labs typically need a doctorate. A doctoral degree program could offer more advanced studies in medical research methodologies, public health practices, and lab diagnostics.

Doctoral degree programs graduates might be prepared to pursue include:

  • PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Doctor of Public Health and Clinical Laboratory Science and Practice

Career Paths:

Having been awarded the MSHS degree in laboratory medicine, graduates could be ready to fill supervisory or directorial positions in clinical research labs, pharmaceutical companies, medical diagnostic labs, public health labs, biotechnology firms, or government health agencies. They might specialize in specific areas, such as hematology or bacteriology, or oversee areas of clinical research design, medical research technology evaluation, and change management in laboratory science.

Job titles relevant to these MSHS graduates include:

  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Clinical laboratory supervisor
  • Director of laboratory services
  • Biotechnology research associate