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, health administration, health informatics and nutritional 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 Intent

Each student upon completion of the program is expected to:

  1. Integrate knowledge, demonstrate competencies and develop advanced skills from specialized areas in clinical research, management and informatics.
  2. Demonstrate advanced abilities to make decisions necessary for management and supervision of a clinical laboratory.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and utilization of research methodology.
  4. Utilize research to evaluate technology in clinical laboratory sciences.
  5. Collaborate with members of other health care specialties.
  6. Show evidence of continuous professional growth and leadership.

Admission Requirements

  1. 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 chemistry background for the research concentration.
    Official score report for the Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE).
  3. For Clinical Administration concentration: clinical certification required.
  4. For Clinical research concentration, sound preparation in biological or clinical sciences required, to include successful completion of a course in biochemistry or equivalent.
  5. Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and professional performance.

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.