Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences


Professional Science Masters Option

This degree option contains approximately 2/3 science and 1/3 business/communication courses and a 1 credit internship experience with reflective seminar.  

Science Courses
Students are required to take 5 Core Curriculum science courses and select an additional 3 science courses from a list of Department STEM Elective courses.

Business and Communication Courses
Students will select 2 courses from an approved list of PLUS Elective courses and are required to take 1 required PLUS course.

For more details about the program view the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog.

Professional Internship and Seminar
A Professional Internship is required for students in this program and is expected to be a minimum of 350 hours and have 3-6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research laboratories. Internships or research project experiences will typically take place in Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, Biotechnological or Medical Device Companies or Institutions. Research experience can also be obtained at the University or other Research Centers. Given the number of full time faculty in the department, the University will assist the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences and the students with arranging corporate internships. To be eligible for the Professional Internship, students will be required to have 1) completed a minimum of 12.0 credits of STEM courses, 2) completed a minimum of 6.0 credits of PLUS courses, 3) attained an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and 4) Department permission. Since most program students will have a scientific background and are in a scientific Master of Sciences Program, Professional Internships with a business will be most desirable. Consideration will be given for students that have previous or current professional employment experience, however, in these cases, a new project experience will be required that adds to the student’s current set of skills. All students will be required to submit a final written report and give oral presentation on their work at a Seminar. All post-internship students will participate in this seminar. All Professional Internships require department faculty supervision. Students should register for 36.770  during the final semester of internship participation.