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MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences

The George Washington University's Master of Science in Health Sciences in Molecular Diagnostic Science program is designed to help prepare students for advanced careers in medical research or clinical labs. Read on to get more information about this MSHS program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Health Sciences in Molecular Diagnostic Science

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

In addition to a bachelor's degree in a basic or medical science, such as chemistry or microbiology, students must hold at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and must have taken specific coursework. These courses include general or inorganic chemistry and general biology. A strong understanding of research methodologies, managerial concepts, and problem-solving skills is also helpful, as classes will focus on such topics as lab management approaches and research foundations. All applicants to The George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

From biostatistical concepts to research ethics, The George Washington University's online Master of Science in Health Sciences in Molecular Diagnostic Science program is designed to address various aspects of techniques and technologies used to diagnose human diseases. Classes provide studies in genomics, genetic mechanisms of human disease, human disease processes, molecular technologies, microbial pathogens in human infectious diseases, and DNA replication and translation. Students could also review laboratory management models, research conduct and misconduct, and details about the medical laboratory science field. A practicum allows students to apply techniques they have studied throughout the program to disease diagnoses. Graduates of this program are qualified to register for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Technologist in Molecular Biology certification exam.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

35 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 Molecular Diagnostic Science:

To complete this MSHS in in Molecular Diagnostic Science degree program, students must complete ten courses, one elective, and a capstone. 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 (35 credits)

  • Biostatistics for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Advanced Laboratory Management and Operations
  • Molecular Diagnostics Practicum
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity
  • Current Topics in MLS
  • Students choose one elective course
  • Capstone Project

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

While earning this MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Science degree could lead to employment at the managerial level, those who wish to work at higher levels of administration or within academic or research institutions might need a doctorate. A doctoral degree program might provide more extensive studies in areas of statistics, research, and clinical data analysis that might be applicable to leadership roles in many lab settings.

Graduates might be prepared to pursue degrees such as:

  • PhD in Biostatistics
  • PhD in Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MSHS - Molecular Diagnostic Science program could look to fill research scientist or teaching roles in areas of biology, microbiology, or genetics. These graduates could seek employment in clinical labs, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, public health centers, or diagnostic labs.

Some possible job titles for graduates include:

  • Clinical research data analyst
  • Molecular laboratory scientist
  • Biotechnology research associate
  • Public health laboratory scientist