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Master of Science - Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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The Clinical Laboratory Sciences Master's Degree Program is intended for experienced professionals or new graduates with a background in clinical sciences/medical laboratory science, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology or related areas who want to develop and expand their expertise in the clinical sciences.

This program provides individuals with the level of graduate education to develop those skills required to upgrade the quality of their job performance and enhance their opportunities for advancement in their professions. Students will develop skills and knowledge required for the advanced degree, including critical and independent thinking, research design, normal and pathophysiology, analytical method evaluation and scientific literature assessment. Students will also develop competencies in administration and management.

The program serves local and regional scientists and is the only public program of its kind in New England (New England residents may qualify for reduced tuition). Faculty are experienced in the field and several are certified in specialized areas of the clinical sciences.

Completion of this graduate program does not qualify students to sit for the national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Technology offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.

For detailed graduate program information, please contact: Suzanne Moore, D.V.M. at 978-934-6264 or

Applicants for admission to the graduate program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences should have a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences or a related discipline such as Biology or Chemistry or Biochemistry. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and a junior level undergraduate course in biochemistry is required. Students should submit an official application from the graduate school, graduate record exam scores, undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation and a written personal statement.

Both part-time and full-time students are welcome. Many students complete their degrees on a part time basis. Courses are offered during the evenings to allow flexibility and convenience for the working professional.

Qualified students not matriculating in the masters program can earn a maximum of twelve graduate credits before formal application to the degree program is required. Credits from courses with a minimum grade of B may be applied toward the master's degree.

Visit the graduate academic catalog for more specific course information.

Alumni hold diverse positions including clinical laboratory supervisors, health care administrators, biomedical and biotechnical research scientists, clinical trial coordinators, pharmaceutical and forensic scientists as well as positions in the growing biomedical device industry. Some graduates also hold administrative positions in these fields.

Graduates of the program are very competitive and demonstrate continuous employment in a wide variety of technologically based professions in clinical, medical, scientific and industrial areas. Program graduates gain greater mobility and expand personal career opportunities. Many choose to assume leadership roles in their fields. The degree also creates a foundation for more advanced doctoral training.

UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years. Students can continue from bachelor’s to master’s level studies within their own department. Or students can apply to a program in a different department to create a set of skills to meet emerging needs in the workplace and their own academic interests.
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Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.