The UMass Lowell Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences offers a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The Master of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level courses. These include 23 credit hours of core courses and 7 approved elective credits. Students may petition to transfer up to 12 graduate course credits of related content from other programs, and this requires approval by the department graduate coordinator and or department graduate faculty committee.
Students are allowed to matriculate on a part-time basis (taking one or two courses) and most professionally employed students that pursue the M.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences do so. Most classes meet once per week and are scheduled in the evening or online for student convenience.
Undergraduate students in this program move through the master's program at an accelerated rate by taking two 500-level courses during their senior year and count those credits toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Student apply during their Junior year.
The core curriculum includes the following courses (23 credits) and must be taken by each program student:
HSCI.5500 Clinical Pathophysiology (3cr)
MLSC.5500 Foundations of Biomedical Research (3cr)
MLSC.5750 Emerging Topics in Clinical Chemistry (3cr)
MLSC.6000 Biomarker Discovery & Applications (3cr)
MLSC.6001 Biomarker Discovery & Applications Lab (1cr)
MLSC.6100 Clinical Toxicology (3cr)
MLSC.6101 Clinical Toxicology Lab (1cr)
MLSC.6130 Infectious Diseases (3cr)
MLSC.7330 Graduate Project (3cr)
At least one approved elective must be from this list. The other electives may be from this list, or may be another graduate course from the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences. Students are allowed only one elective from the Pharmaceutical Sciences Electives. Courses not listed below may be used as electives with prior approval of the graduate coordinator. Courses offered fully online noted with an asterisk(*). The degree is 30 - 32 credits.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Electives
PHRM.6100 Principles of Pharm Sciences
PHRM.6410 Drug Delivery
PHRM.6600 Pharmacokinetics & Drug Metabolism
Professional Experience (1 credit)
MLSC.7700 Professional Internship
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 Biomedical 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.
All Professional Internships require department faculty supervision. Students should register for MLSC.7700 during the final semester of internship participation.