College of Health Sciences

Department of Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

The UMass Lowell Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences offers the following graduate programs:

Program Philosophy 

The Master of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides medical technologists and individuals with medical, biological or biochemical backgrounds with specialized knowledge in the clinical laboratory sciences. The mission of the program is to allow individuals to expand their understanding of the clinical sciences and be able to apply state-of-the-art research techniques to the advancement of diagnostic technology. Knowledge of such skills will permit upward mobility into entry level supervisor positions and dissemination of clinical information in educational settings. Students may choose from concentrations in research, clinical administration, health informatics, nutritional sciences and public health laboratory sciences.

Faculty in the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences have extensive research track records. Many are recognized nationally and internationally as experts in their fields and participate in professional organizations, holding office at local and national levels. Department faculty are successful in obtaining research funding and are very productive in publishing their research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Program Overview

The Master of Science program is typically completed in two years, however, students may choose to progress through the program on a part-time basis. The Bachelors's-Masters program in one additional year beyond the B.S. degree. The program integrates management components from the Health Management and Policy Program, and environmental health components from the department of Work and Environment. Students take a required core of five courses and then select five program concentration courses from among the areas of research, nutritional sciences, clinical administration, health informatics and public health laboratory sciences. Students may also select a Professional Science Masters combining business courses and business internship. Online graduate certificate programs allow gradual transition from a work setting into this academic program. Students may continue on into programs such as Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (participant in UMass system-wide graduate degree program) or the Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry Option (in collaboration with Chemistry Department).

Admission Requirements
  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. Sound preparation in the biological or clinical sciences with a chemistry background for the research concentration. 
  3. A minimum official score on for the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE) of 151 verbal and 157 quantitative. GRE's are required unless the student has completed a previous American Masters degree. For students who graduated from a university in a country where English is not the official language. TOEFL scores should be at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The GRE is not required fro the certificate programs.
  4. For the Clinical Administration concentration: clinical certification is required.
  5. For the Clinical Research concentration, sound preparation in the biological or clinical sciences is required, to include successful completion of a course in biochemistry or equivalent.
  6. Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and professional performance unless the applicant is already a student in the undergraduate program and applying into the Bachelor's-Master's Program.
  7. Students will also be asked to submit a personal statement and a resume.

Program Requirements

The student must possess basic statistical and computer skills prior to admission, or may complete without credit within the graduate program of study, an introductory course in computers and a course in statistics prior to the third semester. Skill level can be determined through discussion with the Graduate Coordinator.